I paint A LOT! Paint is my favorite, not-so-secret weapon to give my home a face lift without spending a ton of money. The problem: I often forget what color I use in each room! Something tells me I'm not alone. So, I created a printable to help you keep track of paint colors in your home (and mine)!
How to Keep Track of Paint Colors in Your Home:
It's a running joke with my husband, Jason - he loves to tell people our home is getting smaller because with each coat of paint, the rooms are slowly decreasing in size!
I'll admit that almost every room in our home has been painted more than once in our almost 13 years living here. Sometimes I think that painting is my subconscious way of avoiding cleaning a room.
I guess if I'm writing that to share with my corner of the world, it's not so subconscious!
But, back to paint. Paint just makes everything seem brighter and cleaner.
Who doesn't love that?!
Unfortunately, scratches and scuffs can happen on walls before it's time to completely repaint. What a pain trying to figure out which paint to use for touch ups! Especially if several colors are similar.
Countless colors of gray are scattered throughout our house. Plus, plenty of other colors.
Without this blog, it's a pretty good bet that I would not be able to remember which gray goes in which room. Even WITH this blog, I'm struggling!
Write Down Each Color of Paint for Every Room
I get it. This sounds incredibly simplistic. You want to know why?
But, writing things down is the best memory strategy out there.
Want a peek at the printable in action?
Something I realized very quickly after creating this printable was that my memory stinks! For the life of me, I could not remember all the details about my painting projects.
Keeping track as you go is the WAY to go!
Keep your paint tracking sheet easily accessible.
My plan is to store my paint printable in the storage area where I keep all of my left over paint. Easy is always best when it comes to any organization.
If you have to work very hard to make it happen, chances are it won't happen!
In an effort to keep things real, I'm sharing a picture of my paint storage "closet".
When I refer to having a small paint store in my basement, this is it!
There are a couple more shelving units that look similar. Not the most organized place in my home. BUT, I think the printable will work just fine sitting on top of the shelves!
The intent is to write all of the paint details as I go.
After editing this photo I realize that organizing my paint closet is going to go towards the top of my upcoming projects list;-)
Ensure the name of the paint is readable on the top of the can!
As I mentioned earlier, I think we all assume we'll remember something but later forget. If you have several paint projects that you've done in recent years I can almost guarantee you'll lose track of when you painted, what color you used, etc.
This brings me to my next point.
Make sure you can read the name of the paint on the top of the paint can!
If you are anything like me, you make a bit of a mess when painting. Typically I have paint all over the can including the lid by the end of my project.
So, oftentimes the information on the lid is inadvertently covered in paint. If this happens, take a few moments to write the details so you'll have it later!
Nothing fancy! Just enough that you can determine what you are looking for down the road.
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There are a few go-to favorite painting items I love to use. One might require a bit of an explanation, though.
Below you'll see Glad Press N Seal. This stuff is perfect for lining a paint tray. When you are finished with your project, just toss the Press'N Seal.
Then you can reuse the tray again, and again, and again! Awesome!
Some of my favorite paint supplies:
Did you get your paint tracking printable?
Keeping track of your home's paint colors has never been easier!
Yes, I'm being a bit dramatic for effect. But, this will certainly help you save time searching for the right paint to grab for a touch up project. Life happens whether we are ready for it or not.
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Have a great day and happy painting!
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