While the renovation was going on, making sure our paint colors were all neatly labeled was just about the last thing on our minds. After the reno, we were all too happy to wave good-bye to our contractors and throw all of the supplies in the basement. As a result, we have a little corner of the basement that looks like a defunct hardware store. Most of the cans have no indication of what's inside.
So as three years have gone by our walls have suffered the inevitable dings and scuffs that moving in bring.
Mr. Limestone and I have been talking about sitting down and getting this task of touching up done for at least a year now. Its not a very glamorous task so it just got pushed and pushed until it could wait no more. The hardest part was figuring out which colors went with which rooms. And since we were going through the pain of sorting through it, we didn't want to end in this predicament again. Organization was the only option. He brought home some pretty little paint cans and we got to work. While I know a simple scribble with magic marker would have done the job, I decided they should be pretty too. So I designed some simple labels to use on the cans.
We sorted, stirred and poured.
We went around the house with tiny paint brushes touching up here and there. Was a bit worried it would be splotchy but the beauty of flat paint is that you can't tell the touch ups from the original coat. Ahh, relief.
I filled out the labels and Mr. L came up with the genius idea to paint the top of the can so we had a better swatch to work with next time we needed to touch up.
In the end we didn't really completely knock out the giant mountain of mystery paint cans but we got a lot done. Maybe one more round and we'll be in good order.
If this post has you itching to organize your own paint stash, I'll lend a hand in by sharing the labels.
******Download the labels here.******
If you end up using these or you have your own tips, I'd love to hear about it.