Tip: Store Leftover Paint in Jars

Tip: Store Leftover Paint in Jars

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Jason Loper
Aug 20, 2010

Perhaps this has happened to you. You grab an old can of paint so you can cover the spot you just patched on your wall. You open the can and discover that the paint is all dried up. Curses! If only there was a way to keep paint fresh longer!

There is a way to keep paint fresh longer! Storing your leftover paint in old jars will keep it from drying out. And, if you label the jars, you'll never have to guess which paint went on which wall.

As you can see in the photo, I poured the last remaining drops of paint into these jars when I was painting our apartment a few years ago. When I pulled out the chalkboard paint to patch a few spots on the wall, I was delighted to discover that — even after a few years' time — it was still as fresh as the day it came out of the can.

Images: Jason Loper

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