Paint Can Labels
After painting our master bedroom, I came to the conclusion that I needed to do something with the mostly empty cans of paint in our house. I obviously wanted to keep some of the paint in case I needed to do touch ups down the road. And since we don’t have a climate-controlled garage, I need to store the paint in our laundry room/utility room, but a gallon of paint takes up a lot of space.
To save on space, I grabbed some one-pint paint cans from Lowe’s. Then, I poured the excess paint from the one gallon paint cans (after mixing the paint, of course) into the smaller cans.
But I couldn’t stop there. I had to take things a step further and make some custom paint can labels.
And guess what, I’m sharing them with you!
The labels include all the pertinent paint information: color, finish, brand, line, when it was mixed, where it was used, and any random notes one may need to jot down.
I created 3 1/3 inch x 4 inch labels so six fit perfectly onto one label sheet. (I bought these labels.) After printing them off, I trimmed the edges of the labels a little bit so they would be square.
Click HERE to download the Microsoft Word document with the six labels ready to be printed off.
If you don’t want to buy label sheets, you can always print them onto regular paper, cut them out, and tape them onto the paint cans.
These look super useful, thanks! If you do happen to have old paint that you don’t need or want anymore did you know you can take them to a ToxDrop location in Indy?
Thanks! Most places won’t accept latex paint because it’s safe to throw away with regular trash. You mix stuff like cat litter, oil, or wood shavings into the paint so it solidifies. Oil based paint, stains, spray paint, and varnishes can/should be recycled though. 🙂
I didn’t know that, thanks! More than likely I’ve taken both kinds to ToxDrop but they’re usually so busy they didn’t have time to point out I could have put the latex paint in the regular trash.
You bet! I found out the hard way that they don’t take latex. There’s nothing like loading up a bunch of paint and then being told to lug it all home. Hah!
If you have over 1/2 gallon left, Habitat For Humanity stores will take the paint as a donation.
Ooh, good to know! We’re always donating stuff to our local Restore so I’ll keep that in mind.
Absolutely beautiful and brilliant idea! I write this same information on my paint cans in Sharpie. This is SO much prettier! Thank you for the download!
What a great idea! I have a ton of half empty paint cans, and I’d love to save some space. It would also be nice to not have to take every single can down to check the top and see which room it belongs to!
These are so adorable! I love them. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Wish I could print them out but the word document doesn’t work? Boo Hoo, sniff, sniff. Susie
How cute is that and a great idea.
Wow, that would sure make it easier to find the colors I need in the garage! They all look alike and have no color code. 😛 Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
I was just wondering why you choose to use flat paint? Our old house had eggshell & our current house has flat. It’s great for touch ups but cleaning a wall that has gotten dirty from little hands is impossible…not sure if that’s because of the type of paint or because it’s flat. I was just curious.
Yeah, most flat paint is hard to clean. I use flat paint because we have orange peel walls (not by choice) and flat always looks better on textured walls. It helps minimize the look of the texture. But if we were to buy a house without textured walls I’d still stick to flat because I like the look. I recently used Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint with a flat finish. It’s pricey but it’s very washable. You know how flat paint usually has a chalky feel? Well this paint doesn’t, which is awesome.
I hadn’t thought of downsizing my used paint tins (probably as I’ve never seen empty tins for sale in Australia- and, like everything else, they’d probably be too expensive to be worth it!). I know you put this post up ages ago but I have just one more suggestion… If I were doing this now, I’d add a splash of the colour on top of the lid. Possibly go back a day later and add it again, so I get a good idea of the depth of the colour. Your labels would still be needed but the added splot of colour would be a great quick reference by sight.