DIY Paint Storage Rack

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Make this paint storage rack from Styrofoam sheets so you can see your all paints at one time.

When I started work recently at CreateForLess, I was curious what paints we had available for craft projects to blog about. I found them all in a bin.

After setting them on my desk, I thought it would be handy to have something like the equivalent of a multi-level spice rack to display them.

I found some 2″ x 12″ x 28″ FloraCraft Smooth Styrofoam Sheets on our website to cut into shelves and be assembled. Click below to see my design drawing:

Shelf Drawing

Here are the supplies I used:

I talked my husband into doing the work so I could photograph. 🙂 In order to keep the cutting straight vertically, he moved the Styrofoam cutter alongside the ruler and on top of  the Styrofoam. It turns out that he should have lifted the cutter up about 1/2″ because the cutting wire is twisted around itself at the top – which caused the cutting to be rougher than desired.

Here he is using the cutter correctly to smooth out the rough edge. Subsequent cuts were smoother. Practice helps! My husband noted that the cutter wire both heats up to be very hot and cools down quickly – and “cuts like butter”.

To make the shelves, the bottom shelf is a 2″ x 12″ x 28″ piece left intact. The second shelf up had a 3″ piece cut off, leaving a 9″ shelf. The third shelf up was cut in half lengthwise to make a 6″ shelf. The Styrofoam cutter would not cut 6″ inches in from the edge, so he had to cut off a 3″ piece and then cut at the 6″ mark. The remaining 3″ piece from the second shelf was placed on top. The back is a little wonky – but no one will see it.

Next, the Styrofoam glue was applied before adding each shelf.

A quick check before the glue set to make sure the shelves were evenly 3″ apart.

My husband applied two coats of the silver metallic spray paint the next day. Although you can still see it is Styrofoam, the surface of the Smooth Styrofoam painted well. When I came home, the evening sun coming through the garage window cast a glow on the completed shelves. Lovely!

Back at work, I placed the shelf unit in a bookcase. Now, it is easy to see all the paints we have available for projects. There is plenty of room to double up the small bottles on a shelf and space in front of the shelves for another row of bottles.

The shelves can be customized for your storage needs. For example, if storage is needed for mainly small bottles, the 1″ x 12″ and 28″ smooth Styrofoam sheets could be used for shelves set 1-1/2″ apart.

P.S. I found another use for the 2″ x 12″ x 28″ FloraCraft Smooth Styrofoam Sheets.  If you put toothpicks in the Styrofoam, you can make a handy drying rack for painted items!




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About Ann

Ann works in Customer Service here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

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