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Video:How to Store Leftover Paint

with Debbie Anderson

Most painting projects will leave you with extra paint, available for future touch-ups. See our tips for storing and organizing leftover paint so you don't have to remember which can of paint goes with which paint project.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Store Leftover Paint

Hi! I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com! So you've finally refinished painting the rooms in your home, the only question now is: What do you do with all of those half-full cans of leftover paint?

So today I'm going to show you a cost-effective way to organize your leftover paint so you can safely store your leftover paint while still remembering which color paint goes with which of the correct walls around your home!

What You'll Need

For this task, you will need a flat head screwdriver, an old water bottle with a cap, a funnel, three small pebbles, an old towel, a permanent marker, and labels.

Fill Water Bottles with Paint

First, place the funnel in the top of the empty water bottle.

Next, use your screwdriver to open the used can of paint and then slowly pour the paint from the can into the top of the funnel on the water bottle until the paint fills to just almost the top of the bottle.

Add Pebbles

Next, drop three small round pebbles into the bottle of paint and place the cap back on top of the plastic bottle.

Label Water Bottles

Next, write the type of paint and which part of the home the paint was used on on the label. Wrap the label around the front of the plastic bottle.

Re-Touching Walls

Then, the next time you need to do a touch-up paint job for a mark on the wall, just shake the bottle with the correct paint for that room, pour a little in your plastic dish, and you're ready to touch-up those little blemishes on your walls without having to remember which paint can goes with what room in the home!

Store Safely

Finally, always remember to store your paint in a cool and well ventilated area for safety!

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