Organizing Craft Supplies and a Paint Brush Holder from the Thrift Store

Organizing Craft Supplies and a Paint Brush Holder from the Thrift Store

Craft room storage and organization craft supplies are a constant struggle for me, so it’s on my mind a lot. And this entire post started out when I found a utensil caddy while thrifting. At first I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it, but I realized later on that it would PERFECT as a paint brush holder.

Utensil caddy for upcycling into a paint brush holder for organizing craft supplies

But as I debated about a makeover, I realized that lots of wooden containers from the thrift store would work for organizing craft supplies, too.

This paper holder, for instance, seemed ideal as a craft organizer:

Wooden paper holder to be repurposed into a craft organizer for craft stuff

And this looked meant to become a craft storage box of some kind:

Upcycling ideas at the thrift store for a craft storage box

When all was said and done, I decided to create a matching set of craft room storage with my unrelated, unmatching thrifted treasures.

This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Stencils used in this project have been provided to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own.

Paint Brush Holder with Craft Organizers

As part of the makeovers for my craft room storage pieces, I wanted to paint them (of course) and stencil on some designs.

I discovered a new-to-me online stencil retailer (Stencil Revolution – click here to check out their store!). For this project, I tried out a couple of their vinyl stencils – Cherry Blossoms and Crafters Gonna Craft!

Vinyl stencils or stencils for signs from Stencil Revolution to use on a craft organizer

So, here’s my vision- I decided I wanted the craft organizers to have the look of chalk art without actually using chalk.

Basically, I’d spray paint them black and then lightly stencil on the words and flowers using my Stencil Revolution stencils so that they looked like chalk, not paint.

While I could have painted them with actual chalkboard paint, I cheated and used black satin spray paint on the wooden containers.

Upcycling a craft storage box from the thrift store with spray paint

After the paint had dried, I gathered my stenciling materials (painter’s tape, pastel craft paint, my favorite stencil brushes, etc.).

Repurposing items from the thrift store for organizing craft supplies and craft stuff

Like I mentioned before, I used a feather-light touch during the stenciling. I really wanted the pastel craft paint to be somewhat sheer and uneven, like chalk art would be.

And the vinyl stencils from Stencil Revolution did NOT disappoint- especially given how affordable they are.

Using a vinyl stencil from Stencil Revolution to upcycle a craft organizer

Paint Brush Holder and Organizing Craft Supplies

Here are all the thrift store containers with their coordinating makeovers. 

I LOVE how my faux “chalk art” turned out on my new craft room storage set. And I didn’t have to deal with specialty paints or materials – I simply used paints I already had and high-quality stencils.

Paint brush holder and paint brush storage by upcycling items from the thrift store

Even better? I still have plenty of paint left and the Stencil Revolution stencils are endlessly reusable.

So, I’ll be able to create more craft organizers like my paint brush holder and the other pieces! It’ll be a fully coordinated set with completely mismatched items and wooden containers from the thrift store!

Craft organizer and organizing craft supplies by upcycling the wooden containers from the thrift store

And just as I had originally hoped, the utensil caddy was simply PERFECT for upcycling into a paint brush holder. Both my craft paint brushes and stencil brushes fit inside and I have room for more as I add them.

I also love that it’s super portable and instead of picking and choosing brushes for projects, I can just tote the whole thing around.

Paint brush organizer and paint brush holder by upcycling a utensil caddy from the thrift store

If you’re interested in even more craft storage ideas, I’ve got a fantastic collection of upcycling ideas here. I hope you’ll check it out before you go!

How to Organize craft supplies and craft stuff with these craft storage ideas

Craft on!


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How to organize craft supplies and craft stuff with wooden containers from the thrift store

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  1. I love what you did with these old wooden holders. So often I see them at thrift stores and they look so sad and forgotten , but this idea is simple and brings new life! Thank you for posting. I may try it too!

  2. Sweet!

  3. Amy Giannini says

    I’ve been trying to decide on something to keep my paint brushes (and etc!) in, and now I know. Hope I can find one soon!

  4. Very cute!!!

  5. Great post! Looks easy, fun and practical. Thanks for the stencil info too.

  6. the set looks great! would have never thought about putting those items together. you have given me new vision! thanks Sadie

  7. Love this idea! Their all perfect for the craft room, and that little tote us so cute. The chalkboard paint look is very nice.

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