How to properly store leftover paint {and a free printable}

When you're in the mood to redecorate, you can't go past painting as one of the easiest yet most impactful ways to change the look of a room. Unless you're a professional, you've probably done a lot of guessing at the best ways to handle the painting process, including how to store leftover paint, but there is an easy (and organized) way to do it.


1 | Decant

To decrease the amount of paint that is exposed to air, decant the paint into a smaller container. This also reduces the amount of storage space needed when you don't have to keep large tins.

2 | Use clear jars

If possible, use clear pickling jars like mason jars which have a seal to protect the paint. Clear glass also allows you to see the contents easily.

3 | Label your jars

Download the free printable Lorna Leigh Lane Leftover Paint Labels by clicking the button at the end of this blog post.

Then print your template onto stickers like these if you're in the US or these if you're in Australia. Fill out the details of the paint then stick onto the jar lid.

Alternatively, just print onto paper, cut out and attach to your jars with clear packaging tape.

4 | Store your paint

Paint needs to be stored in a place that is cool, dry, out of direct sunlight and avoids extreme temperature conditions.


Once your leftover paint has been labelled and stored correctly, it helps to keep a list of the colors for easy reference.

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Happy planning!