Craft supply storage and organization is always a struggle for me in my craft room.  I’ve been struggling with good storage for all my acrylic paints for several months.  I don’t have a huge room to work in, so I try to take advantage of every bit of space available.  I finally found a system that works perfectly for me!

Acrylic paint storage using spice racks-Carla Schauer Design Studio

I have, to put it mildly, a lot of acrylic paint since I do some freelance work for DecoArt.  I used to keep paints in a couple plastic shoebox containers in a cubby-type shelf, but I outgrew that system.  And the “giant box on the floor” system was less than ideal also.

I finally was able to carve out a vertical wall space when i discovered these spice racks from Ikea.  Once I rotated and moved the file cabinet to the spot in the photo, the spice racks fit perfectly in that wall space next to my desk.

I can fit 16 bottles across each shelf, and each shelf can hold 2 rows (32 bottles/shelf).  Of course, my perfectionist tendencies require all the bottles to be arranged by type, then by color.  There is also extra space left over for my finishes, and my paint pyramids are handy there too.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my craft cave, and that my solution helps with a tricky storage issue in your space!  Do you have a storage solution you are thrilled with too?

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…


Acrylic Paint Storage Using Spice Racks — 11 Comments

  1. Love it!!! Very creative!! I used to have lots of paint and hubby built a very thin shelves, but I love your idea better!

  2. This is a fabulous idea! Alas, I could not find those spice racks at Ikea. They have something similar, but not as awesome and convenient. *sigh* I’m still totally stealing your idea, but my finished product will be inferior.

    • Heather,Ikea still has these Ribba picture ledges. They come in size 21 3/4″ (the one shown here), and a longer one (45 1/4″). They sell them in the store or you can purchase on their website. -Elise

  3. what are paint pyramids? Love this idea. Will the racks hold bigger bottles of paint? I have a few bottles that are 8oz and some that are 4oz.

    • Katie, the shelves are 3″ deep. I keep my Americana chalk paint jars on them, though they tilt a bit because they don’t quite fit inside the shelf. Paint pyramids are a genius little invention. I can paint the bottom of a project, then sit the painted surface on the pyramids and paint the rest without waiting for the bottom to dry. It helps paint the lower edges of the sides, since the project is elevated, and I can just do a spot touch-up on the bottom where the points of the pyramids touch. Does that make sense? I love them.

  4. Katie, I have been looking for a way of storing my paints on a shelve, but this idea is GREAT. Can’t hang from my wall, but intend to put on a piece of board and lean the board up against the wall with my work bench holding it there. As you, I have a LOT of paints. Right now they are all stored in photo boxes. Thank you for the idea. WONDERFUL.

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