I just finished painting our oldest daughter’s room (again) her lovely shade of pink and only had a small amount left over in the paint can. I hate leaving the leftover paint in the big can, first it takes up a lot of space but it rarely seems to be the same once it’s been opened and used. There is always dried paint or lumps in the can or the lid is hard to remove or replace.
So I started saving leftover paint in old spaghetti jars (love our tote of recycled items)! I pour the rest of the un-used paint into the jar, replace the lid and label the jar. I make sure I label what room it is for and the date. This is great for when we need to touch up spots on the wall, you know, when the girls bang things into the wall!! Plus these jars are a lot smaller than a large can of paint, saving me space in the garage and making touch-ups quick and easy!
I also add the paint chip to the jar as well. This works great for when you may need a whole can of paint again, you have the paint chip & code making it easy to get the same color of paint if needed. I once took a small sample of left over paint to a local hardware store in hopes of matching the color and getting a whole can of paint. Needless to say, the dark tan color I wanted, was a golden yellow when we got home. So I now keep all paint chips for future use! In the past we have used baby food jars as well, but since we no longer have babies, we use the spaghetti jars!
So how do you store your leftover paint?