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How to Build a DIY Paint Shelf

Build a DIY Paint Shelf. Great for added storage and fits the craft paint bottles.  Built from scrap lumber or pallet wood, it is budget friendly and easy too. 

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You remember this shot of the more than embarrassing state as I re-decorate and organize my garden studio cottage?
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studio progress and bench, (4 of 20)

It is always WORSE before it gets better.

It is coming along slowly but surely and I am taking my time so I have a practical and useful place for everything I use on a regular basis and good storage for all the other infrequently used items.

So the number one thing I needed to build was this trusty, dusty little cubby paint holdin’ shelf unit.

DIY cubby shelf for craft paint bottles. EAsy to build and well worth the effort!

It turned out perfect and my little paint bottles are within easy reach.  The top shelf has me stretching as I have to reach across my painting table but it is still doable.

I started with some scrap 1 x 4’s and nailed them together with my Ryobi nailer (love, love it!) It speeds things way up.

I measured the distance between the windows and made sure to cut the horizontal boards to a length that would fit between, including the vertical board width. I then built a simple box.

DIY cubby shelf for paint bottles beginning,

Not too complicated, then I divided the inside dimensions by how many shelves I wanted and tried to make them all an equal distance apart.  I was not exact but I did not need them to be.

I nailed in the individual shelf boards.  I used wood glue on all joints for added strength.
DIY cubby shelf for paint bottles needs paint,

I did not get a shot of the piece I added at the top to screw into to hold it to the wall so I point it out to you here.  It is a piece of 1 x 1″ or a furring strip could work too.

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Here is the little shelf unit sitting for a glamour shot on the front porch of my studio cottage waiting to be installed…

DIY cubby shelf for storing craft paint bottles in my studio, an easy project that is great for organizing my supplies.

I painted it first in Everlasting DecoArt Chalky Finish paint.  Then I painted the front and outer sides with Refreshing DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint.

I am using the same paint to refurbish my Armoire/Wardrobe storage cabinet.  

I have one side and the front partially done.  This is one bulky piece and it is taking me a bit to get it painted.  I have some sliders to put on the feet so I can move it more easily but I will need my hubby’s strong back to help me get them installed.

You can see the one side in this photo below.

DIY cubby shelf for paint bottles, (2 of 4)

Tomorrow I will get my hubby to help me move it and get the sliders on it then I can finish getting it painted and organized.

While I had the paint out I freshened up the paint on my table that sits just below the cubby shelf.  I will share that next week and hopefully my storage armoire will be finished too.

Have a great weekend!

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Build an easy DIY Craft Paint Shelf, organize all those little craft paint bottles and see what you have in a glance. Hangs on the wall for ease of use.

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Nancy Wood

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Love to see this coming along! Is your cottage heated? I guess you would need electricity for your project lighting at the very least, but I was wondering if you are able to use it year round.


Sunday 25th of October 2015

The paint shelf is perfect and l like that you can see all the colored lids.


Thursday 29th of October 2015

Being able to see the colors at a glance was what I was aiming for. Plus having them up off my work table to give me more space. The shelf is working out better than I anticipated and now I need to add one over my little sink.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

Thank you for the tutorial!


Thursday 29th of October 2015

You are most welcome, Jackie. It was a fun thing to build because it was so easy and came out just right.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

I'm impressed with your "handiness". Your paint shelf is perfect! I can see it working in my craft "room" for ink stamp pads and paints. Although I don't have the beautiful studio you do, I will be converting a closet to a craft "room" for myself and this idea may work for me. Thanks for sharing.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

Before I got my studio I had a little corner in my bedroom set up. My studio cottage was one of those dreams come true. I had first looked at buying one of those Tuff Sheds you see on t.v. and converting it into a studio but every time I showed it to my hubby he kept telling me he could build one cheaper and better so I told him to PROVE it! :) and that is how my studio came to be. I LOVE it. He was right, he could do it better.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

Nice to know I'm not the only one that stores paint on their sides. So much easier to know what colorssssss one has. I use CD shelves...time to pain that thing.


Saturday 24th of October 2015

Interesting, CD shelves...hmm. I don't have any of those but it sounds like they work well! Nice idea.

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