After I decided on my oh-so-original color scheme for our sunroom project, I needed to find paints that would match it. If I only needed furniture or wall paint, I would have used the same process that I used to create the custom color palette for my Herringbone Stenciled Entryway Bench. Since I would be working with furniture, decorative accents, and fabric, I would need to color match my craft paints.
I wasn’t able to find exact color matches in stock at my local craft store, so I bought a few relatively close paint colors knowing I could mix them with paints I already had at home to make the right shades. I mixed together various combinations and tested them out on a scrap of my pillow fabric, keeping track of my “formulas” on a sheet of paper as I went. After the colors dried, I chose which combinations matched the best (2, 6, 7, and 10, if you are wondering). I needed to make up batches of custom paints that would last for multiple uses. But how to store them?
We had a backlog of empty pill bottles in the house, and they finally were put to good use. They were perfect containers for my mixed paint. I could mix the colors right in the bottle, use what I needed, and pop the lid back on to keep the remaining paint fresh until the next painting session. To keep the paints extra fresh, I could have put the closed paint bottles in the fridge to keep for a few days.
Pill bottles work for storing any manner of small craft items, and, since I am a drill sergeant with my kids about NEVER TOUCHING PILL BOTTLES, they are very good about keeping their hands off.
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