Ok, onto the post...as part of my garage organization project (which seems to be never-ending), I have re-organized all of my paint. Ideally, I would rather store the paint in a room that has more temperature control (our summers get pretty hot). But for now, the garage is where my paint has to be stored. So, this is what I was dealing with before (for the record, it wasn't me that stored the cans in this way. Ahem).
Here's what I did..
1) Take all of the paint out of the cabinet & check if they are still good:
This step was easy. I just opened each can and stirred the paint really, really well. Some of the colors had separated from the paint, but once I stirred it, they were back to normal. I only came across one can of paint that was bad. You can see in the picture below, the paint was very gloppy. It reminded me of when you melt marshmallows and there are still some blobs that aren't completely melted. Marshmallowy paint is no bueno.
2) Make a label for each paint can:
All the paint labels/color information is stuck onto the top of the can, so I would have to pull out each can to search for a particular color. With the labels attached to the front, I don't have to do that. Even though I planned on using the original paint cans as opposed to the pretty silver cans in the link below, these labels made them look a tad bit more uniform. I just downloaded the printable from Brooklyn Limestone's post and was able to customize my labels with the following information: Brand, Paint name, finish, date purchased, store purchased, and rooms used in. Using dabs of hot glue in each corner, I attached the label to the front of the paint can. Easy!
3) Transfer paint into new containers:
I decided to skip this step. I had enough room in the cabinet.
4) Re-do the shelves and clean them:
One of the shelves had been taken out of the cabinet so the cans could be stacked. Before putting it back in, I cleaned that cabinet really well and put the shelf back in it.
Once I did these steps, I was ready to put everything back and this is how it came out.
Again, here was my plan of attack:
5) Organize paint supplies (brushes, rollers, trays, dropcloths, painter's tape, etc)
6) Find a disposal center for any paint I know I won't use again
My main focus the other day was 1-4. #5 will be done later since the supplies are stored in the other cabinet below the paint and #6 - well that's just going to take me awhile to figure out where to dispose of the paint and actually get myself to do it. It will get done, though. Promise. I'mjustnotgoingtosaywhen. :)
Here's a quick before-and-after since we all love those.
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