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DIY Craft Paint Storage Rack

Our DIY Craft Paint Storage Rack is a simple and inexpensive solution to cluttered and disorganized craft paint bottles. Why buy when you can DIY?

In the dark days before our Craft Room Makeover, Handan had no less than 6 regions of our home which stored some combination of crafting supplies, future projects, broken bits and bobs from old furniture and generally a bunch of crap that looked like, well, crap, to me, but treasure to her.

The big stuff was, and is, easy to find.

If I needed an old chair, I’d just go to the towering and teetering Old Chair Structure that grows from the basement floor like a gnarled oak and reaches up into the ceiling joists.

Likewise, if I needed to find some sort of ornate wooden doohickey from an antique piece of furniture that was sacrificed for parts, I’d go to the nether regions of our basement and root around in the several old dressers that house those parts.

But if I needed something smaller and more mundane, like say craft paint, well then that would complicate things.

Because those dastardly little bottles have a bad habit of squirreling themselves away in little congregations all over the house.

There was a small band of outlaw bottles in the storage room. They were safe from discovery, as that room was booby trapped and unnavigable.

Several hopefuls kept themselves near at hand in Handan’s crafting nook behind the sofa in the living room. Those were the go-to bottles, half empty and full of pride.

The reserve forces were hunkered down in the basement craft storage room. They felt safe and secure among the gallon cans of wall paint.

One or two rebellious bottles found their way into the garage storage cabinet where they were promptly forgotten.

And I’m also complicit in the Great Craft Paint Diaspora. On those occasions I’d need some craft paint while building something in my workshop, I’d steal a bottle or two, and 9 times out of 10, I’d forget to return it to whatever hidey-hole I found it in. In time, the bottles of craft paint in my area would get covered with scrap wood and project plans, and they’d be forgotten as well.

We had enough craft paint to paint a house, but good luck finding it all!

And that is exactly why we embarked upon our craft room makeover.

Well, not exactly, but it was certainly part of the reason.

Along with all of the other cool storage solutions we implemented in the room, like the West Elm inspired storage towers and the antique sewing machine drawer storage cart and the DIY craft table, we also needed wrangle up all of our craft paint and get them organized in one place.

Sure we could have gone out and blown some money on something like this:

craft paint storage rack

But, c’mon!


For something I can make with scrap wood and the wire racks that seem to be haunting every corner of the basement?

Of course I’m going to DIY it!

Years ago, Handan bought this wire shelf storage cube contraption at a tag sale:

wire shelf storage cube

She paid $5 for it, and it wasn’t assembled as in the picture above.

But how hard could it be, right?

It was merely a collection of wire racks and plastic corner pieces!

Well, madam, let me tell you something. Those racks and connectors were forged in the very bowels of Hell!

There can be no other purpose of this product than to torture and torment those foolish enough to try to build it!

It looks so simple!

It looks like a child could build it! Blindfolded!

But I assure you, madam, that this wire monstrosity can reduce a team of MIT-trained engineers into a gibbering gaggle of lunatics!

It’s the Devil’s work, plain and simple!

Somehow, Handan and I managed to build the infernal storage cube shown above, but it nearly cost us our souls!

For years it sat up in The Boy’s room, holding his toys and knickknacks, but eventually we removed it, disassembled it and gave some of its parts a new purpose.

You may remember seeing the cube storage baskets Handan built in our DIY industrial bookcase post.

diy industrial bookcase

More recently, you may have spotted them in our DIY rustic console table.

rustic console table

But that still left a bunch of those wire shelves, and they’ve been spreading out around the house and basement ever since.

It was time to put a couple of them to good use!

DIY Craft Paint Storage Rack


DIY Craft Paint Storage Rack Tutorial

Okay, since I built this thing on the fly, I’m going to show you the way I did it, and the way you should probably do it.

There’s nothing wrong with my way, but there’s also a simpler way.

And if you don’t have a table saw, I’ll also explain how you can still make this DIY craft paint storage rack.

The idea is simple:

Make a wooden frame with grooves to hold the wire racks and 1/4 plywood backing in place.

Here’s what I was working with.

wire racks and plywood

There are two tricky things about those racks:

  1. They are not square. They are slightly wider than they are tall. Or taller than they are wide, if you prefer.
  2. They are not square. They bulge in the middle. Kinda like me!

I took my measurements based their widest part and built accordingly. Maybe your racks are square. That would be nice, wouldn’t it. Perhaps that was why their intended purpose (the storage cube) was so infuriatingly difficult to achieve. Maybe if the damn things were actually square…

Anyway, no sense traveling back down that road!

I cut my plywood pieces to 3 1/2 inches wide. If you’re using 1 x 4 pine, then you won’t need to do this step. Cutting plywood is a pleasure since I bought a saw blade suited for the task! No more tear-out!

cutting plywood on a table saw

I then trimmed two pieces to 14 7/8 inches (the sides) and two pieces to 13 13/16 inches (top and bottom). These measurements took into account the fact that the wire racks and the backing piece would be embedded 1/8 inch into the frame all around.

My plan was to cut 1/8-inch-deep grooves in all 4 pieces for the backing and the two wire shelves. I marked the pieces where the grooves would be cut.

marking wood with a pencil

The grooves for the wire shelves would need to be just under 3/16 inch wide and the backing groove would be 1/4 inch wide.

marking wood with a pencil

I set my table saw blade so that it only protruded 1/8 inch.

adjusting the height of a table saw blade

Then I ran my boards over the blade at the places I had marked.

cutting grooves in wood with a table saw

This is the 1/4 inch groove for the backing piece.

groove cut into plywood

Here are all the grooves.

c=grooves cut in plywood for a diy craft paint storage rack

Now, if I were to build another, I’d only cut grooves on the top and bottom. That would be sufficient to hold the racks in place.

And if you don’t have a table saw – no problem! Instead of cutting grooves into the sides, top and bottom, you can simply glue two strips of 1/4 inch square doweling to make a raised groove. You would have to adjust the lengths of your side, top and bottom pieces to accommodate this change. If you were only to put the dowels on the sides, which would be more than enough, you’d just make the sides, top and bottom 1/4 inch longer than I did.

Before assembly, I gave the inner surfaces a quick sanding with a 150 grit disc on a random orbit sander.

sanding pieces for a diy craft paint storage rack

I then glued and brad nailed the sides to the bottom piece.

putting glue on plywood
brad nailing pieces for a diy craft paint storage rack
building a diy craft paint storage rack

Before inserting the wire racks and backing, I carefully sanded everything with a random orbit sander.

sanding a diy craft paint storage rack

Then I stained the pieces with Minwax Golden Oak so it would match my DIY industrial storage towers.

minwax golden oak stain

I love this stain on birch plywood!

staining a craft paint storage rack
staining a paint storage rack

I wiped the excess stain and continued building.

First, I slid the backing into its place.

building a diy craft paint storage rack

Next, I slid the wire shelves into place.

building a paint storage rack
building a diy craft paint storage rack

And finally, I glued and brad nailed the top piece in place.

building craft paint storage
building craft paint storage
building craft paint storage

I let the stain dry overnight, and then I hung it in the craft room by two screws through the two upper corners.

You can see in the picture below how unsquare the rack is!

hanging a diy craft paint storage rack

Once our DIY craft paint storage rack was hung, we scoured all the craft paint hidey-holes and rounded them all up!

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Who doesn’t love an organized craft room? It’s so much more enjoyable and easy to craft when you can easily access everything and better yet, see what supplies you have on hand to draw inspiration from! Recently I revamped my craft paint storage (see below!) and now I can’t stop staring at it! Check out these other great ideas I found to organize craft paint. If you don’t have a lot of craft paint to organize yet, don’t worry. I’m sure these cute ideas will have you ready to add more paint to your stock pile! ūüėČ

So I may be a little biased here, but I really really love the way this came out! Check out my latest craft paint storage tutorial here!


Jeanie from Create and Babble lays out some easy to follow instructions with step by step pictures too!



Okay, so here’s my first Craft Paint Organizer – until I recently upgraded. This was perfect for anyone who needs some paint organized in a small space!

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How cute is this?! I love how Today’s Creative Life used PVC pipe. Check out how it was done here!

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Okay, can we just take a minute and appreciate how chic this is! Who would have thought to use a wine crate for paint storage?? Check out how it’s done over at Remodelando la Casa!

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Michael’s always surprises me with their cute products! Check out how a Pumpkin and a Princess jazzed up her paint stash!

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Here’s another great idea from Natalie at Genius idea to install shelves, don’t you think!?


Who doesn’t love a good Target run – am I right? I love the shelf that Pink and Green Mama found and used it to hold her paint!

Here’s another great idea – check this one out from!

Jen from Jen Goode’s 100 Directions gives a great step-by-step of how to do this one below! I’m really digging the industrial look of the towel bars that she used!

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And then there was this gem! Who would have thought to re purpose a spice rack?? Check out the tutorial here!


Okay, tell me this isn’t awesome. I love this idea from Mad In Crafts! How clever! I also love that she uses it for things other than craft paint too!

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I really like this idea from Thrifty Crafty Girl. Plus, she gives great step by step instructions with pictures!

Here’s a nice way to display your paint, courtesy of Home Made Interest!


What better way to display paint than with vintage soda crates?! Love! Good thinkin’ from Hunt and Host!

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Feel inspired to change up your craft room organization yet? How do you store all of your craft paint? Leave me a comment, I’d love to find out! Or let me know if you tried one of the ideas above!

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DIY Craft Paint Storage

This post about DIY craft paint storage shelves is sponsored by Kreg / Build Something.  Absolutely nothing makes me happier than an organized workshop space and that includes everything from tools to paints.  My craft paints were stored on the floor in a cardboard box which is less than ideal and this craft paint storage project has changed everything.

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A DIY tutorial to build a craft paint storage container using scrap plywood. Organize your craft paints in a tidy and user friendly display shelf.

Scrap wood projects have a special place in my heart.  I hate to see useful pieces of lumber and plywood go to waste so this craft paint storage bin not only made a dent in my scrap wood pile but it also made my life a bazillion times better.  See how perfectly visible the craft paint bottles are lying on their sides?

organized craft paints


  • use scrap plywood
  • store craft paint by color family
  • easily see the actual paint color
  • paint comes out of bottle easier since its resting on its side
  • hang on wall to free up workspace

How do you store your craft paint?  In a cardboard box?  In a drawer all scattered about?  On the closet shelf all in a jumble?  This is how I used to store my craft paints:

craft paint storage before

All my craft paints were in a cardboard box which was okay but not ideal.¬† If you’re searching for a blue it’s hard to see all the blue colors you have when they are scattered about the box.¬† Also this box used to sit shoved under my desk and I had to slide it out every time I wanted a craft paint.¬† So let’s make a craft paint storage container for the wall that works using scrap plywood.

kreg rip cut scrap plywood

For this project I used my Kreg rip cut to rip down the 1/2″ scrap plywood into 4 1/4″ wide strips.¬† The Kreg rip cut is great for making straight, repeatable cuts with just one set up.¬† I set the sled at 4 1/4″ and then made multiple rips to use up my scrap plywood.


To build this craft paint storage container you can get the complete plans over at Build Something here.  Build Something is a great source for free step-by-step project plans with tons of DIY building projects.  Check out their large library of certified plans and plans submitted by woodworkers and hobbyists.  Definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for free plans in a wide variety of categories.  And as always please read through the plans completely before beginning and follow all safety guidelines.

building a craft paint storage container

Check to be sure everything fits before gluing and attaching with nails.  I opted to add a routed channel in the top, bottom and sides for the divider pieces to fit snug.  This is definitely optional and not written in the plans but easy to do with a router, circular saw or table saw.  You can also see the horizontal dividers are notched to accept the vertical dividers.

Once all the pieces are in place add a little bit of wood putty in the voids, sand smooth and you’re ready to fill with craft paints!

organized craft paint box

diy scrap plywood divided box

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