How to Make Craft Paint Storage in Upcycled Old Drawers

How to Make Craft Paint Storage in Upcycled Old Drawers

One thing that all crafters have in common is dealing with craft room organization (or the lack thereof). We have so many materials (lots of them little and spill-able), and for me, craft paint storage or paint storage in general has been a huge problem.

After falling in love with this paint storage idea from Create & Babble, I wanted to create something similar. But of course, I wanted to repurpose something as part of my project- so I decided to use a few old drawers!

Upcycling old drawers into craft paint storage for craft room organization by Sadie Seasongoods /

Gotta love that solid wood construction…

I found these at my local Habitat ReStore during a 50% sale (in fact, I found 3)! I loved that they were solidly constructed and I also loved the retro liner paper inside each one.

Repurposing old drawer into craft paint storage or craft paint storage rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

MUST keep that liner paper, right??

Because I had different sizes of craft paint, I wanted a few different craft paint storage options. So, we grabbed some inexpensive birch plywood, some tools, and got to work! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Building Craft Paint Storage

First up- creating angled shelves in the largest drawer for all my little bottles of craft paint! After measuring the drawer length and taking into account the space needed for rows of little bottles, Jon used a speed square to measure out 15° beveled shelves- he then cut them from the plywood with our circular saw.

Adding wood shelves to old drawer to make paint storage or craft paint storage for Craft Room by Sadie Seasongoods /

I think this will work out just fine…

Making beveled wood shelves for upcycled craft paint storage rack in upcycled drawer by Sadie Seasongoods /

A close-up so you can see the angle…

Next, I wanted regular (non-angled) straight shelves for my collection of short, squat craft paint bottles. So, he cut out basic shelves for the two smaller drawers.

Making craft paint storage or acrylic paint storage in repurposed drawers by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect for the squat shaped bottles of paint

Repurposing old drawers into craft paint storage or acrylic paint storage by Sadie Seasongoods /

Just regular shelves this time!

Once all the shelves were cut and sanded down, I painted everything (drawers and shelves) in a basic white paint. I literally used the same white paint that we have for the trim in our house- a workhorse semi-gloss paint from Sherwin Williams.

Painting old drawers to repurpose them into craft paint storage for Craft Room organization by Sadie Seasongoods /

Brightening everything up! (And keeping the liner paper)

And when the paint was dry (two coats on all surfaces), we set up shop to attach the shelves. First, we drilled in the beveled shelves inside the largest drawer (set 2” apart to accommodate the craft paint).

Because of an aggressively large wood knot near the bottom of the drawer, we decided to just attach a small piece of trim along the bottom upon which I could stack bottles.

Attaching shelves inside old drawers to make acrylic paint storage or craft paint storage rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Look at that, y’all! We did it!

Craft Room Organization with Craft Paint Storage

And then, I started filling the shelves with bottles…and it was PERFECT! The ultimate repurposed craft paint storage “locker”. Craft room organization – here I come!

Craft room organization ideas using upcycled drawers as craft paint storage rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s fill this puppy up!

Look how colorful it looked when I had filled the entire thing!

How to organize a craft room with craft paint storage ideas using repurposed drawers by Sadie Seasongoods /


I love that DecoArt paint has stickers on the tops- that way, I can set them on the shelves with the tops out (to prevent leakage) and still see the color.

Next, we did the same thing with the smaller drawers…and again, perfectly wonderful craft paint storage and a huge help for my craft room organization needs.

DIY craft paint storage or acrylic paint storage ideas using repurposed drawers by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now for the squatty bottles…

And then this one was full, too!

Upcycled drawers for craft paint storage or acrylic paint storage in craft room by Sadie Seasongoods /

Craft paint storage that is actually pretty to look at…

And because they’re drawers with handles, I can carry them around! We will eventually hang them (using load-bearing anchors) in my craft room. But until then, my craft paint storage needs are taken care of in a fun, upcycled way.

How to make craft paint storage for craft room organization using upcycled drawers by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ta-da! (Now I just need to finish the third one)

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for craft room storage, then you’ll love this upcycling idea for storing my craft paint brushes!

Utensil caddy upcycled into paint brush older and other craft storage ideas using thrifted finds and vinyl stencils by Sadie Seasongoods

Craft on!


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  1. I love this idea! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to store my paint collection – other than in a bin. This would be an awesome way & now I just need to find some drawers! 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Kristie!!! They REALLY can get out of hand…and I agree, the bins are less than optimal. 🙂

  2. Sarah, You’ve done it again girl! These are sweet looking and super functional storage shelves. I really love seeing the paint colors against the white paint too!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Kaycee! Yes, I debated on paint color for the drawers/shelves…but in the end, decided white might be the least exciting when empty, but would look the best when full. 🙂

  3. I have a speed square but I do not know how to use it to get 15 degrees. Would you please show how to do this? Thanks. (Love your site and look forward to seeing more about Deco Art supplies.)

  4. chris tucker says

    what a really cool idea sarah xx

  5. Fonda Rush says

    Excellent project! It’s always best to be able to see the paint color, isn’t it?

  6. acraftymix says

    Oh yes please, I sooooooooooo need some of these. Best idea ever Sarah

  7. The ONLY thing that will keep me from making these is 1) cutting the wood, 2) the fact that I scored a second spinner rack @ a church rummage sale CHEAP. You add glass stains and fabric paints to the acrylics….I think they multiply like 2 night time dirty dishes in the sink do; in the morning the sink is full! Another great project. My $3 gun rack is waiting for a scrub and a coat of paint to become another badly needed ribbon rack! We have been a week in Maine with no electricity after last Mon. nite’s storm; it is SOOOO good to see what you bloggers have been doing!

  8. This is an excellent idea. I like the idea that they are neatly stored and visible so you can find the color you need.

  9. Drawers are great for a lot of things. I have one on my all and I hang my collection of keyrings in it.

  10. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    This is such a clever idea Sarah. I have a bunch of paints just like yours and am always looking to find some way to organize them. Very smart repurpose.

  11. This is such a great idea! I would need several drawers though 🙂

  12. They certainly don’t make heavy duty drawers like that anymore! You are the queen of “want not waste not” and I love that you see what can be from what once was. I don’t do many crafts but I can see something like this for storing napkins. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  13. I love this, And I have some of this sitting around. Thank for or ideas.

  14. Fantastic project. I love that you can see the paint colors. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  15. what a brilliant project. i did something similar to make spice drawers but i did not think about the speed square trick (darn mine are glued in now). never thought outside the box and to turn a drawer on it’s side.

  16. OMG I have trying to find the perfect thing to house my paints and I absolutely love this!!!!!! I just so happen to have several drawers to work with that I have picked up in my journeys. So to heck with all the others I’ve seen this is the one for me! Can’t wait to get started! The funny thing is, I just boxed them all up because family has moved back in and I have to give up my craft room. I didn’t want them boxed up so this is a great alternative! Not to add…well done!

  17. Brilliant! I have several drawers I’ve bn figuring out how to use. thanks!

  18. Great idea for repurposing drawers – my shop needs some of these!

  19. Hi Sadie, Love this idea. As a passionate upcycler myself, I did a similar project from salvaged wooded mirror crates (I rescued drom a dumpster). I burnished and hung them on my studio wall to house many of my paint and other supplies. I also, have a small craft/art studio at home and wanted to do the same (loved the look and functionality) but lacked the wall space. So, I employed the use of of 2 old drawers (from this idea) and mounted them to the side of my big wooden craft armoire, with the addition of an elastic band across the front of the paint jars held in with a decorative thumbtack at each side; I can easily grab the “handle” and mount and dismount my “drawers” an take them with me if I want to paint outside or in another room or at the clubhouse.

  20. Could you be any MORE brilliant? I’m in love with this project…

  21. Super cute and easy storage idea. Love it. I paint the top of my non DecoArt paints so I can see the colors 😉


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