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How to Make DIY Paint Storage Shelves
- 2 3/4″ wide boards for spray paint storage
- 1 3/8″ wide boards for craft paint storage
- 1/4″ wide strips of wood for shelf braces
- 1″ L-brakets
- Table saw
- The table saw is needed to rip the boards to the widths needed. If you do not have a table saw, you can make these with standard width boards, they will just be deeper than needed.
- Nail gun and finishing nails
- Wood glue
These really are one of the easiest woodworking projects. I almost feel silly writing this tutorial. I chose to put my DIY paint storage shelves behind my door. Just look at all this unused real estate begging for a project.
Start by ripping your boards to the widths needed on the table saw. Use the left over edges of the boards for the front brace.
Determine the length you want your DIY paint storage shelves. Cut a piece of wood to that length minus 1 1/2″ (to accommodate for the boards you will attach to the ends). Cut 2 boards about 1/2-2/3 the height of you paint cans/jars.
Using wood glue and finishing nails, attach the smaller boards to the ends of the large board. Making sure it is flush along the bottom.
Cut a piece of 1/4″ thick wood to the total length of the paint storage shelves. Using wood glue and finishing nails, attach it to the front of the shelf so it is flush with the top of the shelf sides.
Now sand and finish your shelves. I painted mine so they were the same color as the wall.
To attach them to the wall, use the L-brackets on the inside of the shelves (this way they are hidden from view when the shelves are filled with paint). Secure them to the DIY paint storage shelves with 1/2″ wood screws then to the wall with 1 1/2″ wood screws. Make sure you get them into a stud or use drywall anchors so they don’t come crashing down later.
Also, when hanging the shelves, make sure you leave enough room between the shelves to be able to insert and remove the paint. I put a paint can on the top of the shelf side (so I knew it would clear the brace) and then mounted the next shelf 2″ above that.
And all that is left is to load the DIY paint storage shelves with all your paint! I discovered I have plenty of top coat (in lots of different gloss options) to complete quite a few projects. Also, apparently I can stop grabbing a bottle of Mod Podge whenever I see it at the dollar store. My husband mentioned I had enough gray, I had to explain to him that those were all metal looks and totally different. Boys!
The best part is having everything organized and in plain view will actually save me money on upcoming projects. Now I can use what I have instead of buying more.
And don’t forget to check out the rest of the projects I have DIYed for the $100 Room Challenge. This room really is turning into something I can be really proud of!