Unstick stuck paint lids with this DIY paint pouring lid hack!
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If you’ve visited me for any length of time, you’ll already know I eat, sleep and dream of Fusion Mineral Paint!
I just love using Fusion for painting furniture and my many Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils projects.
One of Fusion’s very best super powers is its ability to fuse onto surfaces, becoming one of the most durable paints on the market.
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And because of that supreme bonding power, if you don’t clean the lids off well after each use (raising hand here slowly…), the lids can stick to the bottles.
Or worse, my lazy ways can create such a goopy mess over time that I can’t even re-close the lids, ending up with paint drying out.
Now know, if you do the following diligently, you will not have a paint lid sticking issue…
Paint lids will not stick if you:
- Wipe the rims clean after each use.
- Rinse the lids completely under running water until they are spotless.
- Place some plastic wrap in between the lid and the rlim before screwing the lid back on.
But… being that I tend to paint and run, I may start off good, but over time, run into issues.
Not long ago, I was in a group asking for ideas on all this, when my friend Debbie Dion Hayes Creative mentioned, “Why don’t you drill a hole in the lid?”
DOH! Of course! But could it be that easy?!
What happened with this idea…
So before I shared this idea, I test drove it over several months. And my findings were all the same… each and every time, super consistent! And it’s ALL good news…
- The paint NEVER dried out!
- Clean up took seconds compared to minutes!
- And the paint jars were so much easier to store without all that plastic wrap layering I had on the go.
- Every single pint has turned into a paint pouring bottle!
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?
Well… today I’m finally sharing this fabulous DIY paint pouring lid idea, along with a super helpful video at the bottom of this post so you can learn and do it too… within minutes!
Here’s how to turn any paint container into to a pouring one!
DIY paint pouring lid hack
Supplies I used:
3/8″ drill bit (or just use a big enough bit to drill a decent sized pouring hole)
Block of scrap wood
Clean running water
How to create a pouring lid:
1. Remove the paint lid and liner from the pint.
Sometimes the liners are stuck to the top of the pint, and others are embedded into the lid.
2. Clean the lid under running water until spotless.
3. Wipe the rim edge down leaving it spotless.
4. Decide where you desire the hole to go, then flip the lid upside down on a scrap piece of wood.
5. Hold the lid in one hand, then start the drill slowly at first, gaining speed and adding more pressure until the plastic lid is completely drilled through. Dust off the lid.
I used a 3/8″ drill bit but other similar sizes would likely work just fine too.
6. Screw the lid back on the pint, then cover the hole with a piece of masking tape to store.
How to use the pour lid
7. Before using the paint, cover the masking taped hole with your thumb, then gently shake the paint to mix.
8. Remove the masking tape, then tip the paint bottle and gently squeeze the paint to pour out the desired amount into a clean container.
How to store
I have been using this paint lid hack for a few months now and here are my findings:
Other fabulous findings using this method:
No matter how low the paint gets in the bottle, it does not dry out. I get every last drop out of a pint!
I never need to open the lids, but you still have that ability if you want to. Just ensure you clean the lids spotlessly again before re-closing so they don’t stick.
A drilled paint lid pour spout will encourage you to pour the paint into other containers to use. This reduces the possibility of contaminating the paint.
Even when the odd time I forget to cover the holes with tape for a couple of days, not one pint has dried out yet!
Cleanup is now seconds vs. minutes due to no lid cleaning nor rim wrapping required.
Video – how to make your paint pour
Click the video above to watch how easy this entire process is!
Now that’s a hack I call a clear win!
LOVE this idea? As a thank-you to Debbie, please go give her a follow on Instagram HERE. She deserves it after this one!
Thank-you Debbie! My (lazy) paint life ways have forever changed! Or should I say.. I can continue to be lazy with ease now…
Think you’ll give this DIY paint pouring lid hack a try yourself?!
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