Low Cost Paint Cabinet

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 02-04-2014 03:59 AM 3074 views 25 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can see from the photos…I have a lot of paint. It was turning into quite a mess under my workbench and I wasn’t ever able to find anything. Well I couldn’t squeeze an expensive cabinet with sliders into the budget but I also wasn’t willing to wait months until I could….so I built this cabinet completely from scraps around my shop and with a simplistic drawer system that isn’t top of the line, but it still gets the job done. ; )

I built the frame and drawer supports from 3/4” wood, then the drawers themselves from 1/2” wood. I threw in a couple of screws to hang my paint brushes on the side, then some PVC with a piece of pool noodle shoved in the bottom to hold my smaller brushes.

I did spend about $9 for four casters, but with that being the only expense I was really pleased.

A step by step tutorial is posted on my blog.

-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 04:12 AM

Very nice! I love shop projects that keep things tidy. Using up scraps is a bonus also.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 04:12 AM

Great idea April. I know what you mean about buying those reduced cans of paint and stain…I have been doing the same for years. I love the cabinet. It looks like you put wheels under it…another great idea.. I see you have a couple projects waiting to be finished in your shop…I am the same, always have something going on.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 04:32 AM

Just what I need for my expanding collection of paints and stains too! Great idea! The Chevy ‘bucket’ on top is way cool !!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 05:47 AM

Just getting ready to do something with all of my paint and finishing products. This may be quite the help needed to accomplish that. Good idea. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 06:58 AM

Low cost but high value.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 11:17 AM

That is a great way to put a lot into a small space. My compliments on the design and build!

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 11:24 AM

Your a busy bee….one project after another, well done.

-- Vince

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 11:56 AM

very neat and functional concept

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 01:48 PM

Good work. Very resourceful to build such a useable piece from scraps!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 01:58 PM

Very cool and useful idea!

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 04:17 PM

I could use a couple of those for many things I have cluttering up my shop.We intend to get a new kitchen fitted maybe later this year and I will have loads of options utilising the perfectly good used cabinets .Question do you guys favour cabinets with or without doors mostly I have a mixture of both but having no doors sometimes is a great advantage especially if you suck your dust well enough. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 02-05-2014 01:42 AM

: D Thank you all for the nice comments. I was nervous about posting it, so I’m glad to see it well received.

Scotsman: I don’t really like things hidden away. My preference in a shop is to have everything in the open and very visible…but also very organized. I don’t have a dust collection system set up yet though so I have to go over things with a pneumatic blower gun to get the saw dust off things occasionally. I don’t mind though….I almost enjoy cleaning up my shop as much as I enjoy building things. Am I the only one that feels this way??

-- Wilkerson

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#13 posted 02-05-2014 02:08 AM

Look at you…. making the top 3

Nice project… organization is a wonderful thing

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#14 posted 02-05-2014 03:13 AM

Nope, I keep a brush in my toolbox and on the wall over my bench. A dirty bench is a dangerous bench…..

The Paint cabinet looks good. I like being able to see tools and materials, otherwise I forget I have them and go buy more…..

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#15 posted 02-05-2014 03:16 AM

: ) haha, thanks Matt…I think I’m blushing.

-- Wilkerson

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