Organize the Paint in Your Craft Room

Paintholder_finalMelinda and I have a little craft room where we work on most of our projects together, we also have LOTS of craft materials! We were storing all of our paints in a crate that sat on our craft table and we were trying to come up with a better way to display them when I saw Sugar Bee’s post about her Paint Wall Organizer. It was perfect!

paintholder_gridlines I went to Home Depot and had them cut a 16×20 piece of 1/4″ plywood and 2-20″ long 1″x2″ boards. I also grabbed some 1/2″ wood screws. While I was there I purchased a 1 3/8″ Forstner bit. Now, I’m going to give you a little bit of advice. Don’t be like me and go for the cheapest bit you find! I originally bought a set of Forstner bits for $17 and the bit just wasn’t able to cut through the wood. I went back and got a single bit that cost $17 and it worked perfectly. Lesson learned, sometimes you get what you pay for. Once we had our materials we did a little math to figure out how far apart our holes needed to be. I drew straight horizontal and vertical lines spaced 2 inches apart. Where each line met we drew a dot. This would be the center of the circle. We ended up with 11 columns and 6 rows. paintholder_drilling_collageNext came the fun part, cutting the holes. I use the term “fun” loosely, since it took a little muscle to get the bit through the wood. Thank goodness I had a partner! I’m not sure my arm would have made it through all 66 holes on my own :). Consider it a good workout! paintholder_pilotholeWhen all of holes were drilled, and our arms had recovered, we attached the 1″x2″ pieces of wood to the back of the plywood at the top and the bottom. This will hold the plywood away from the wall to allow room for the paint to go in. paintholder_paintingSince this would be hanging on our craft room wall we wanted to pretty it up with a couple of coats of white paint. We just used what we had in our stockpile. Then we found a quote we liked and cut it out of black vinyl using our Silhouette Cameo. paintholder_forwardpic You’ll have to excuse the shine, our craft room doesn’t have the best lighting, but isn’t it awesome?!paintholder_rainbowWe LOVE it! Now we have our paint displayed up off the table, giving us more room to work, and making it easier to see what colors we have. The whole project cost around $30 (counting the Forstner bit) and all it took was a little bit of muscle :). Now all we need to do is organize the closet….





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  1. says

    I LOVE this! I saw something similar a couple years ago made from some kind of crate? But it was something specific that I couldn’t find ANYWHERE! I’m very glad you’ve found an alternative, because I’ve been dying to organize my paint this way. Pinning!

    • Kat says

      Thanks Chelsey, it is so nice to be able to see what paints we have all in one place. Love Blog U, I have read all of your posts. We are just starting out and every piece of advice is appreciated!

  2. says

    Hi Kat – that does look fun (albeit a workout!). I love your idea – my craft paints are EVERYWHERE! On the kitchen counter, in a cabinet, in drawers… LOL. I’ll pin this! Thank you for linking up to The Merry Monday Linky – we lucky to have you join us! Please come back next week! Julia

  3. says

    I should show my daughter this one….she has tons of those paints. Some are bigger, but could just make bigger holes. Pinning it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Kat says

      We have a few bigger bottles of paint too…not sure yet how we are going to display those. Let me know if you come up with something!

  4. says

    I love this! I am always looking for good organizational methods for craft supplies, and this would be such a great way to have all the colors easily accessible. I have them all in a box and I have to drag them all out in order to find one!

    • Kat says

      That’s how we were doing it too. It is sooo nice to have all the colors displayed so you can just grab one and put it back when you are done. It’s gotten lots of use already!

  5. says

    Oh, boy, do I need that! My paints are stored up in a cabinet and I always open with extreme caution in case they decide to come tumbling down. :) Pinning!

  6. says

    Oh I so need to do something like this – what a great idea!
    Visiting from It’s Overflowing – thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    What a great project! I love that it’s functional and decorative all wrapped up into one. Hmm… my paints are outgrowing their current storage solution. If only I had some wall space! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark!

  8. says

    I absolutely love this! Right now all of my paints are in a drawer, I need a better way yo display/organize them! Thanks for the idea! I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party!

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)