Last month, we found a way to add shelves into our tiny utility room
, creating new space for storing our paint and paint supplies, as well
as a few other miscellaneous items that were in need of a home. And now, I'm ready to reveal how we filled up
all of that new shelf space.
Ironically, after emptying all of our latex paints from
their original cans into their new plastic canisters, I determined that using
empty paint cans would be an ideal way to store many of our other paint supplies.
Rather than attempting to clean out old paint cans, many of which were very
rusty around the edges, I purchased new, empty paint cans at Lowe's. They sell
them in a couple of sizes, and they're very inexpensive. I started by sorting
out all of my paint supplies, then began filling up the paint cans with all
those items small enough to fit within them.
If those labels looks familiar, it's because I used the same
template that I had created for labeling our paint canisters
, only I added the text
specific to our paint supply categories in place of the lines for paint brand and
Click here to download
this blank label template if you want to use these for your own paint supplies. Just use your favorite editing program to add in the text, or print them without text and hand write in what you need. I printed all of my labels on to glossy sticker paper, then it cut just inside the gray circle border, and stuck them directly onto the cans.
I filled the larger paint cans with different kinds of paint
roller covers and foam roller covers, our edging tools with the refill edging pads,
and with rolls of various widths of blue painter's tape.
I used the smaller
cans to hold our paint brushes and extra stir sticks.
Of course, some of our paint supplies were too big to fit
into paint cans. For these, I used to some silver bins that I already had
around the house. One bin holds our drop cloths and rollers, while another holds
our paint trays and paint tray liners, as well as extras of some of our
supplies, such as extra roller covers and extra painters tape. To label these bins, I again used the same
label template and printed my labels onto glossy sticker paper, but this time I
didn't peel off the sticker backing. Instead, I just punched a hole through the
top of each circle and used some ribbon to tie the labels on to the handle of
You'll notice, that there is also a third, empty bin sitting
up on the shelf. I know from experience that for each new painting project we tackle,
it can be cumbersome hauling all of the necessary supplies up and down the
stairs through the house. I plan to use this extra bin to transport just the
specific supplies we need for a particular project. I'll fill this bin with the specific paint we
are using, as well as the paint brushes, rollers, and tape that we need for
that project. Then, when we're done painting, it will be quick and easy to empty
the supplies out of this extra bed and bath in to their respective containers.
I used the top and bottom shelves in the utility room for
the items that we will access the least frequently. Since Scott and I are both short,
whatever went on the top shelf had to be lightweight and easy to maneuver. We
decided that this was the perfect place to store all of our extra furnace
filters, which weigh almost nothing.
The bottom shelf holds extra, empty canisters, which are
ready to grab and go when we have new paint to transfer into them. On the
floor, below the bottom shelf, we have stacked up extra tile from various
projects around the house. There's still a lot of extra tile floating around other
parts of the house, especially in our garage, which I still need to move down
to the utility room. But, it's nice to now have one place that we can put all
of this tile to be able to find it when we need it.
So that's that! Our newly organized utility room. A far cry
from the empty space that we previously had deemed unusable. It's still not a lot
of storage space, but I think that we've created a pretty efficient use of the
space that we did have available, and I feel good knowing that the paint is no
longer being stored in unheated garage or cluttering up the floor of our coat
As I mentioned space in a prior post, we are only storing
only latex paint in our utility room. Because of the close proximity to our
water heater and furnace, it would not be safe for us to store our oil based
paints or our spray paint in the utility room. This is also true of specialty items
like our magnetic primer which are also highly flammable. In the next few days,
I'll be sharing some tips based on my research regarding safe storage of different
kinds of paint, as well as how to recycle old paint and empty paint cans.
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