Friday, September 21, 2012

42 My Paint Color References

I feel like I have a good grip on the paint situation here in our casa because I finally got around to doing things I have been wanting to do for quite some time.  It feels fantastic!

I started out by organizing our paint bins, so now we know where to find our tools and paint supplies are when it comes time to get our painting on.  Then, I transferred all of our paints into smaller, easy to use touch up paint jars.  Love. 


Many of you mentioned that I should add the room/project and paint codes on the jars as well.  But I didn't for a few personal reasons {what works for each of us is always different right?}:
  • The jars tops were small and my labeling space was limited.
  • I use the same color in multiple rooms and for additional smaller projects.
  • I most likely wouldn't want to take my touch up paint jars out with me when searching for additional room elements or having more paint mixed.
So, the paint reference printable was born instead.

{click HERE to download your FREE copy of the Paint References Printable}

It was super simple for me to print out a few of the sheets, and only took me an episode of Glee to fill it all out.

I basically just walked from room to room, jotting down paint projects from each space, then, used the original paint cans to transfer over all of the details.


The most important part for me, was adding a swatch of the color to the sheet.  That way, when I am out and about, I can have my entire home's color palette with me.  That will be ever so helpful when looking at accessories and fabrics or when I think I have spotted that perfect piece of furniture.


Q-Tips worked great for adding the paint colors to the document.


I am by no means a paint expert, so hopefully all of the details I have listed would quickly be able to get me a replacement can of paint in a crunch {brand, color name, sheen, paint code and a swatch}.  I also found this paint website to be helpful in finding out details for my current paint colors as well.

As for where I will be keeping the actual list of colors?  I am in the process of working on another project that this list is perfect for!  So stay tuned for those details soon {hint hint, it includes a binder}.


42 comments:

  1. This is FANTASTIC!! I totally understood why you didn't put all the info on the jar, but for different reasons. For me, as a messy person (you wouldn't have that problem..lol), I would get little spills on the jar and eventually cover the label and have no idea what the color code was. I love the FREE printable! Thank you. :)

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  2. This is such a great tip! Especially the paint dot. WOW!
    Thanks for your joy of sharing your knowledge.
    Chantal

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  3. Where did you get your jars? Love them!

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  4. Great Idea!! Thank you so much for sharing your list!! Can't wait to see the binder:)

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  5. This is great! Thank so much for the paint references printable. Now, to take the time to fill it out... :)
    Tanya Rae...

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    1. Oops, meant to say love the printable, thanks!

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  7. You think of everything! Thanks for sharing!! :)

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  8. Genius. I just organized all my paint into one spot and would love to now have this go to card. What a great idea.

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  9. Jen, may I say, you have a beautiful color palette for your home!! It looks so nice all together on there. :) And what a great idea. I should really do that too. If ever you want to help someone tweak their house, let me know!! ;) I could use a little tweaking (and I am close by!!!) :)

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    1. I thought the same thing. Beautiful choice of colors. Need a better shot of your entire palette to see everything! Lol...Thanks for sharing!

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  10. this is such a useful printable and system. Thank you Jen, you are heaven-sent!

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  11. I hope your hinting at....making an inspiration/project binder :) I have all these project ideas and no where to keep tabs on them. Would love some inspiration to get me started :) I heart all your organizing ideas! Thank you

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  12. Great idea! Our handwriting is nearly identical! LOL www.styleoyster.blogspot.com

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  13. What a clever idea! Do you often use the same color again and again? Because usually I just use a color for a project and then pick out another one that I like - or I just use the paint rests until they're empty. Maybe I got to get more professional about that!

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  14. You clever smart little cookie! such a great idea -- and so sweet to share it with us!!! xo

    i'm dumping dvd boxes this morning!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. This is awesome, thanks so much!
    Cindy

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  16. I don't have a silhouette to make lables. Any suggestions on another way to make labels similar to these?

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  17. Jen, you take organisation to another level. Don't know how you think of all these great ideas, but I'm glad that you do!

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  18. This is so helpful! I always wind up with paint cards everywhere and then get overwhelmed and just grab one to get the pick over with- not a good way to decorate! Kathy Penney @ Pinner Takes All

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  19. I can unequivocally say that you are the only person who has ever had me at the edge of my seat with a teaser regarding binders.

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  20. AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  21. I am really impressed with the photography on this blog. Especially that last one with the paint on the Q-tip.

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  22. THANK YOU THANK YOU for another fantastic post. My husband and I are in the midst of finding a home and this tip will really help when we finally start fixing up our future abode!

    MJ
    -Papersidewalks.blogspot.com

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  23. This is brilliant - I'm so doing this - someday ;) Need to get cracking!

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  24. Wow! I love everything about this from the adorable paint labels to the paint control sheet! Awesome!

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  25. This is so clever! I love that you can have all this information right in your purse at all times. I'm going to use this asap. Also, all the colors you have in your home. Simple & clean. So lovely. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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  26. L. O. V. E. Thank you so much for the printable, Jen. And thank you always for your fabulous inspiration. Pinned it!
    mollieMYDESIGN.com

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  27. Oh yeah, I HEART this post. You are so awesome Jen. What a great idea. This is going on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing and thank you for the free printable. :)

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  28. Do you know how long the paint keeps in the jars for? I'm just wondering if it dries out over time or keeps for years?

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  29. Jen,
    The other item you do not have listed is the base in which the paint should be mixed. This is crucial to mixing paint. It it on the paint can.

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  30. We recently had a situation where we kept the code to our deck paint. Due to Behr redoing all their colors, the code was invalid. We were asked for a sample, which we did not have. Fortunately, a sample got us close enough to cover the old. I just keep a paint chip now.

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  31. I had hand wrote all the info down on scratch pieces of paper but I love this idea! And adding the column for the actual paint swatch was brilliant. Thanks for sharing!

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