Although this solution first appeared almost 70 years ago in Modern Mechanics, it remains an excellent way to deal with the inevitable drips, runs, and spatters that occur when you paint: Contain some of the mess by attaching a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can so dripping paint runs onto the plate, not the floor. Use a rigid banquet-style plate and adhere it to the can with hot-melt glue, contact cement, or duct tape.

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