Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Keeping track of house paint colors...

A new can of wall paint comes with a paint stirrer or two. I use them and I save them. Because I paint my walls often, I have lots of stirrers. I was about to thin my collection when I realized that these paint stirrers are a great record of the colors I have on my walls and trim. If I need to match the paint I can take the paint stirrer to the paint store and get an exact match - which is a lot easier than trying to take in a piece of the wall :-).

I drew a light, level pencil line on the wall in my utility room. I drilled a hole in the end of the stirrers with current paint colors. I wrote pertinent info on each stirrer and hung them with small nails. It's nice to see them all lined up as time I come and go.

Wouldn't you know it - Martha does this too! I just looked through a "how to paint" slideshow at marthastewart.com. I hate to say it, but her stirrers look better than mine - and she's recorded more info on hers. Her paint can is tidier too. But she has a staff of helpers and I don't!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Thank you! And, the stirrers could go in the garage also.

Crazy for Art said...

You could glue them to a canvas frame it and call it modern art. Then you'd be one up on Martha!

commercial painting northville said...

Such a good stirring, have a happy painting!

Valerie Casady said...

Very nice idea! Better than keeping (and subsequently losing) my swatches! Ha!