Utensil Caddy Paint Brush Holder (And More Craft Storage Ideas)

Utensil Caddy Paint Brush Holder (And More Craft Storage Ideas)

Craft room storage and organization 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 make the PERFECT paint brush holder.

Utensil holder or utensil caddy that was thrifted to be upcycled into paint brush holder for craft room storage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

But as I debated about a makeover, I realized that I had a bunch of other thrifted pieces in my garage that would serve as other craft storage ideas. This paper holder, for instance, seemed perfect for holding paper ephemera craft bits:

Thrifting for craft storage ideas or craft organization including this paper organizer for craft room storage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And this wooden box could hold just about anything- craft paint, glitter, glues and adhesives, etc.:

Thrifting for craft room storage and craft storage ideas such as wooden crate to to hold craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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. Stencils used in this project have been provided to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own.

Makeovers for Utensil Caddy and Other Thrifted Finds

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 be used by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So, here’s my vision- I decided I wanted my pieces 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 utensil caddy and other thrifted pieces.

Spray painting items from thrifting to repurpose and upcycle into craft room storage and craft organization by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

Craft storage ideas include making a coordinated set of craft organization from items found while thrifting and vinyl stencils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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 Stencil Revolution stencils did NOT disappoint- especially given how affordable they are.

Craft Storage Ideas from Thrifted Finds

Here are all my thrifted pieces – the utensil caddy, paper holder, and wooden box. 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.

Even better? I still have plenty of paint left and the Stencil Revolution stencils are endlessly reusable. So, I’ll be able to add more and more thrifted pieces to my Craft Room Storage set as I find them, giving them nuanced versions of my chalk art finish.

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.

Using a utensil caddy that had been thrifted from the thrift store as a paint brush holder for craft room storage by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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!

Upcycling Ideas for Craft Storage, Craft organizing, and Craft Room organization from repurposed thrift store items compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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Craft storage ideas with a utensil caddy that has been upcycled into a paint brush holder for craft organization by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How to go thrifting for craft storage ideas and craft organization and upcycling them into chalk art with vinyl stencils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


  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

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