Acryclic Paint Holder

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Project by janice posted 02-23-2011 02:57 AM 1834 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cabinet I just finished building for that little corner of my world where I paint. I needed a new desk, a book cabinet and something to hold my paints. Decided that was too much for me to do this winter so I bought the desk.
The bookcase is finished except for those darn raised drawer fronts I have to learn how to do all over again. It’s been about a year when everyone was nice enough to give me all kinds of advise on how to make them. I hope to get to those this week.
There isn’t much to say about this. I used Milk Paint again and distressed it some to show alittle of the wood thru. It’s a tight space this had to go in so the shelves are only 6 1/2 inches deep.
I needed something to hold about 300 bottles of paint. This hold 250 plus some if I stack them. After putting it in place I found out there isn’t enough light to see the names of the paints on the bottles. I might have to add under cabinet lighting under each shelf or have my husband put in another light overhead. Oh, and I can’t see what’s on the top shelf. What was I thinking? But I’ll get use to it.
The last picture is what I had my paints on before. It spins and it worked great. It was just too ugly and too big after I bought the new desk so I had to do something. I love my new work area now. I have so much more room and storage space then before. I probably spend more time painting then I do in the work shop so this is a project I’ve needed for awhile. I’ll be posting my bookcase soon. Thanks for looking.

-- Janice

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 03:08 AM

Looks good from here Janice!! Gives me an idea for my wife’s spools. Way too many for a traditional style cabinets with them on dowels.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 03:34 AM

Hi Janice,
Excellent proportion. The way I see it is not as a whole cabinet but the way way how the shelves are individually divided. The inclined shelvings makes a greater depth of shelve and it is easy to identify the paints.
I like also the idea of Topamax with dowels as stoppers… it is a great idea specially it identifies the one missing. (paint rolls will not roll to the bottom)

Thanks for posting and you are really clean in arranging you’re available spaces.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 03:38 AM

that looks really good janice…youve got a good collection of paint going on there…now if it was like a collection of exotic woods in there i would get highly excited…but since its paint…....i can control myself…lol…...but you did a grand job …..the under lighting sounds good…so many options out there for doing it …good luck….....good to see you here on jocks…hope your doing well…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 04:05 AM

Topomax, I searched and searched on line for paint holders. Most were to expensive and took up to much room for a small amount of bottles. Didnt like those. Then I found cabinets. About the same dept but held the bottles different and much closer together. Neat idea, but pricey. And you would have to pull the shelf out to get to them. No back on the shelf. Didnt like that. I could see them falling all over the place when pulling them out.
Not quite sure what you mean Bert. The shelves are all the same, spaced apart. The picture however doesnt look that way, but they are. Couldnt stand back far enough to get a good picture. Tight area I’m in here. But thanks for the kind words.
Grizz, thank you too. My work doesnt compare to what you guys do. But it’s fun. I love painting too. As you can see. I probably spend more time doing that then in the work room.
Spring has just about sprung here. I will be going to the river again on the weekends. That doesnt leave me much time for anything. Except working out there. We’re still not done with the place.

-- Janice

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 04:15 AM


It looks like you have things very well organized. Nice design for holding the paint. That looks like more paint than any craft store around here has! Can’t wait to see your bookcase too.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 04:48 AM

Janice, You do great work. I know you will enjoy this for years to come.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood, only smaller projects.

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 04:56 AM

Nice going, Janice. That’s a lot of paint!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 05:17 AM

looks real good janice , nice work

-- rick

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 10:41 AM

I’m with Charlie that IS a lot of paint , but a good solution Janice. Maybe your next project could be a folding library chair you know the type that flip down & turn into steps for the top shelf save a lot of space & dual purpose

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 02-23-2011 03:11 PM

Way to go Janice! It looks great!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 02-23-2011 04:58 PM

Hi Janice!

That looks great! Good to have more organization so those projects can flow. Hate digging through piles of stuff to find the one you want.
Maybe a Franklin chair, for the top shelf?

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 04-30-2011 11:41 PM

I missed this great I have just made order in my mailbox
and found it
its a great shelf unit janice thankĀ“s for sharing it

take care

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#13 posted 05-06-2011 09:26 AM

Hi Janice, I love the design and the organisation.

Thanks for sharing your work Janice.

-- When you know better you do better.

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