So journey with me, won’t you, to the dank recesses of the Blair Witch Room and a lot of leftover paint
(For readers only recently joining us my house is a 1940s fixer-upper. We’re not quite sure what the original owner was up to but built off the back of the garage is a mysterious room that, due to its dark, cobwebby, dirty and generally creepy state of decrepitude was immediately dubbed The Blair Witch Room when I first toured the house).
I think most homeowners end up with a stash of random paint cans. But I am no average home owner. No, I seem to collect paint like other people collect baseball cards. Some of it is for my house-of-many-colors and a lot of it is/was for my business.
And it’s taking up a lot of disorganized, messy room.
I don’t want to get rid of all of it but I do want to get it reduced, organized and accessible.
Mason Jars seemed like the perfect solution (I’ve seen similar projects while cruising the web). They seal tightly. You can see what is in them. They cost less per jar than the paint cans sold at Home Depot. So I picked up a couple of different sizes and got to work.I don’t know if this qualifies as a “tutorial” since the instructions would basically be “pour stuff from one container into another” but I do have some tips based on my expert experience. Here is how I did it:
- Step 1: Gather a lot of paint stirrers
- Step 2: To save yourself some stirring time shake the can really well before you open it.
- Step 3: Check to make sure the can is thoroughly sealed shut before you shake it.
- Step 4: Clean up the mess and change your clothes.
- Step 5: Reverse Steps 2 and 3 and proceed.
You will, actually, need a fair number of paint stirrers. If your paint has been sitting around it will have separated and you want to thoroughly mix it before you transfer it to the mason jars.
So, after a lot of shaking, stirring and pouring I went from this:To This:Much better. Kinda pretty actually. Makes the Blair Witch room seem a little less witchy.At first I just intended to note color etc on the top of the jars but I decided to kick it up a notch by making some labels that I could fill out to make everything all neat and orderly.I just printed mine onto a sheet of 8.5×11″ label paper but I designed them (or tried to) to fit on Avery Round Labels (Avery Number 22830). I don’t have any of the Avery labels on hand but I used the official Avery template so it should work if you’re so inclinedClick below to download the full sized graphics