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Paint Color Reminder

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

When you finish painting a room, touch-ups are usually the last thing on your mind. But it's a good idea to write the paint name and product number on painters' tape and stick the label to the back of the room's light-switch plate. When the time comes to cover scuffs, you'll know exactly what shade to buy.

Comments (12)

  • Susan Simko 20 Sep, 2012

    I also decant my remaining paint into one quart paint cans that I buy at our local hardware store. Each one then gets a label with the room it was used in, what the color formula is, and base paint type from the top of the original can lid. Since I buy valspar paint exclusively, I don't bother to record the type of paint or the place of purchase. Decanting it into one quart cans makes for a lot easier storage. I use the metal cans because I have had problems with the plastic ones cracking.

  • Susan Simko 20 Sep, 2012

    I keep all that information along with fabric swatches from furniture, etc. in a gallon size ziploc bag. This way, when I'm shopping for paint, accessories, etc. I can just grab the bag and be assured that things will match. I always ask for a sample swatch of fabric when I'm buying furniture which is how I get the swatches.

  • Bettyt 30 Sep, 2011

    Doesn't anyone except me find it a problem you can no longer save crafts/recipes to "your collection" and worse can not access what you stored.
    Any one know what happened?

  • Satia62 12 Sep, 2011

    It's also a good idea to note how many gallons of paint it takes to finish the room. There's nothing quite so frustrating as miscalculating the amount of paint needed and running out before the job is truly finished.

  • shdressage 10 Sep, 2010

    I keep a small baby food or similar jar of paint, labeled, for each room, stored in the pantr,y and that way I can use it for quick touch ups without having to get the gallon can out.

  • SoniS 10 Sep, 2010

    I keep a file on my computer of all the rooms and their paint colors.

  • ginasews 10 Sep, 2010

    I keep a computer file, but I also note the color formula from the mixing label (such as 2 shots black, 1 shot yellow), because like Shelley said, the paint color may be discontinued at some point before you need a touch-up.

  • shsimko 10 Sep, 2010

    I keep a gallon size ziploc baggie that contains colour swatches of both paint and fabric for all the rooms of my house. This way, when I'm shopping for curtains, pillows, bedding, etc. I can take the ziploc along with to make sure the colours co-ordinate. This was really useful recently while shopping for new furniture for my family room. I could make sure the fabric I chose for the new couches went with my curtains, paint scheme in the family room and also didn't clash with the breakfast r

  • Tessa3810 11 Apr, 2010

    Another good idea to keep track of paint colors, etc. is to make a computer file. List paint colors and stock number, type of paint (latex or enamel, for example) and manufacturer along with room wall, ceiling or trim because there may be more than one color in a single room. This was helpful to us during our last remodel.

  • radtech55 9 Apr, 2010

    This is a great idea. Another idea would be to have the paint guy at the store print and extra label like the one he sticks on the top of the paint can. Then just peel off the back and stick it on the light switch plate

  • mykele 8 Apr, 2010

    Shelley, Super organized gals (not me) maintain a small ringbinder
    notebook with pages for every room in the house and have paint
    and fabric swatches to refer to when redos are in order. The light
    switch idea is good but a really good record for every room in
    the house is so valuable if one is ever selling their home and
    want to leave such info for the buyer if needed. Mykele

  • shelleyspivey 8 Apr, 2010

    You may also want to attach a color match swatch (1 inch by 1 inch at least) so a color match can be done in the event the color is no longer manufactured. That happened to me once and I had to cut a small piece of drywall out to have it matched.