Acrylic Paint Storage - Easy to See Colour!


I always have a mess of paint, and sometimes because I cannot find one, I buy another and end up with numerous containers of the same colour - which is not bad if it is a colour you use often, but if its puce?!?!?!
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
My mess of paint.
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
Cans and a roll of tack paper ( self adhesive)
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
Measure your can
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
Cut strips of self adhesive tack paper
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
cut each strip to the right size to go around your cans
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
roll onto can
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
Like this...
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
Cut more paper when you run out - or get more cans!
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
I put the paints in cap first so I can easily see what colours of paint I have. I am not quite finished as we need to eat more canned food before I can be done, need 5 more but think I will do 10, now that I can see them all, I want more colours!
acrylic paint storage easy to see colour, storage ideas
I added this picture after the fact.. I needed 2 bigger cans and so used a large coffee can, and cut the metal rim off, papered it the same way and presto, a can for 6-8 ounce paints!

Suggested materials:

  • Empty cans
  • Self adhesive paper

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2 questions
  • Candy Walsh
    on Jan 14, 2017

    That's a great idea for the small bottles (especially storing them upside down). Do you have any ideas for the 8 oz or bigger chalk, etc type paint bottles?

    • Debbie
      on Jan 23, 2017

      Or use large coffee cans, tomato juice cans etc

  • Dmo8671202
    on Jul 10, 2017

    What size cans are you using to get 5 cans inside

    • Teresa
      on Jul 11, 2017

      They are from Canned tomatoes and fruit cocktail - the big cans?

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  • Shelli
    on Oct 8, 2018

    Great idea. I am trying to organize my paint. Just in time. Thanks for sharing

  • Elizabeth
    7 days ago

    Great idea! Just started my paint collection and I have lots of saved cans. Thanks Teresa!

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