How to Create Craft Paint Storage in Old Drawers

How to Create Craft Paint Storage in Old Drawers

This project came about as a result of an exciting new opportunity for me! A couple of months ago, I became part of the DecoArt Art Room Team. You’ve probably seen DecoArt products (craft paint, decoupage medium, stencils, etc.) at your favorite craft store…and you’ve definitely seen little bottles of their paints in my project photos over the years. They were my favorite brand long before I got a chance to work with them.

ANYWAY…I have a LOT of their products and needed to up my craft paint storage game. I fell in love with this paint storage idea from Create & Babble, and wanted to create something similar. But of course, I wanted to repurpose something as part of my project- so I decided to use old salvaged drawers!

Salvaged wooden drawers at Habitat ReStore to be repurposed 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.

Salvaged wooden drawers from Habitat ReStore to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

MUST keep that liner paper, right??

Because I had different sizes of DecoArt 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.

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.

How to repurpose old wood drawers into DIY craft paint storage with beveled shelves by Sadie Seasongoods /

I think this will work out just fine…

How to repurpose old wood drawers into DIY craft paint storage with beveled shelves 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.

How to upcycle salvaged wood drawers into DIY craft paint storage with plywood shelves by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect for the squat shaped bottles of paint

How to upcycle salvaged wood drawers into DIY craft paint storage with plywood shelves 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 salvaged drawer and building DIY shelves for repurposed upcycled craft paint storage 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.

Creating craft paint storage using a repurposed drawer from Habitat ReStore by Sadie Seasongoods /

Look at that, y’all! We did it!

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

How to create DIY craft paint storage by upcycling old drawer with plywood shelves by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s fill this puppy up!

How to create DIY craft paint storage by upcycling old drawer with plywood shelves 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!

Building shelves for craft paint storage inside a repurposed salvaged drawer by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now for the squaty bottles…

Building shelves for craft paint storage inside a repurposed salvaged drawer by Sadie Seasongoods /

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 our garage. But until then, my craft paint storage needs are taken care of in a fun, upcycled way.

DIY Craft Paint Storage by repurposing and upcycling an old drawer with plywood shelves by Sadie Seasongoods /

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

I’ll share more about what I’m doing for DecoArt soon, I promise! And I’m excited to try out new products and let you know what I think. And for more DIY Organization & Storage ideas, check out DIY Idea Center for additional inspiration!

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.)

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hey, Pam- I can try and take some photos or film some video sometime. Ping me in a week or so if I don’t email them to you (

  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.


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