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Creative Craft Paint Storage using vintage sewing machine drawers

Hi Friends!  Creating the perfect place for craft paint can be a little challenging since the bottles are usually very small.  I have the perfect creative Creative Craft Paint Storage idea to share with you today so keep reading for all the details on how I built it.

New creative craft paint storage for the office.

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This month, I’m sharing the Creative Craft Paint Storage you may have spotted when I did my Office Makeover recently.  My inspiration came from a blogger who I’ve been in challenges with in the past and I always adore her creativity.

Inspiration for my creative craft paint storage project.

My Inspiration!

Sarah from Sadie’s Seasongoods is so creative so be sure to visit her blog to see how cute her project turned out.

I bought some old sewing machine drawers at a yard sale many years ago but could never find a good project for them.

That is until scrolling through Pinterest I saw several drawers repurposed for craft paint storage.  I really liked how Sarah used her drawer and knew that this is what I wanted to do with old drawers.

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Craft Paint Storage Supplies

I knew the drawers were narrow enough to hold the craft paint without the bottles falling over so no need to install shelves, easy peasy.  I pulled out my Small Spray Shelter and got busy painting the drawers.

Step 1:  Prep the old drawers

But first they needed a little prep, like sanding off the years of gunky buildup.  That was a messy job so be sure to wear a dust mask.

I wanted a glossy finish so I decided to use spray paint to get the project moving quickly.  Looking back I should have used a spray primer first to cover the old varnish/lacquer or whatever they had coated the drawers with that sanding didn’t remove.  It took a few coats to get a smooth finish.

Prepping the creative craft paint storage container.

Step 2: Painting

I started with spraying the inside all around and then gave the outside a good coat.  I let each coat dry about 10 minutes before I did the next coat.  Placing the sewing machine drawer on some cardboard made it easy to rotate without touching the freshly painted drawer.

Spray paint the creative craft paint storage drawers.

After they were all dry I used painter’s tape around the inside edge of the drawers.  It was a tight squeeze but I only wanted to paint the bottom of each drawer one the accent colors of the new office.

Painting the inside of the creative craft paint storage drawer.

Connecting the Drawers Together

Step 3: Securely connect the drawers

Next I had to find a way to connect them together.  This stumped me at first.  I wanted the craft paint storage to be flush against the wall when hung and I found a paint stir stick was perfect.

I painted the area that would face out with white paint so it blended better when they were hung up.

Paint the creative craft paint storage connector.

Using the Powershot Electric Staple Gun I used for my Office Chair Makeover I attached the paint stick with the brad nailer option.  Holding the drawers together tightly I put two brad nails on either side of the gap and it worked perfectly!

Brad nailer connecting the creative craft paint storage container.

I also added a few brad nails at the bottom front where the drawers meet to keep the fronts together.

Creative craft paint storage drawers attached together.

Hanging your Craft Paint Storage

Step 4: Hang and fill your new craft paint storage

To hang it from the wall I attached heavy duty picture wire on the upper paint stick.  You’ll want to use strong wire that’s rated to hold the weight you expect your craft paint storage to contain.

Alternatively you could lay this on it’s side on a desk or shelf.  I planned on it being on my desk but I like it better hung on the wall next to our Murphy Bed because it adds a little color to that corner of the room.

And just like that I turned some old sewing machine drawers into a creative craft paint storage shelf for my office/craft room.

Creative Craft Paint Storage hanging in the office.

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Not counting the paint dry time this project took only a few hours to complete and my new creative craft paint storage can hold over 70 bottles of craft paint.  I have some shopping to do to fill it up 🙂

Creative Craft Paint Storage hanging on the wall in the office.


Colorful and creative craft paint storage hanging on the wall.

I hope you were inspired to find a creative craft paint storage solution for your office.  I love having all my paint at my fingertips when I need it and I no longer have to dig around in a drawer trying to find the right color!

Until next time,

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Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Just brilliant, it's always an issue, keeping craft supplies under control. This is pretty are useful!


Tuesday 24th of July 2018

At first I thought that the drawers were separate, but I love that you joined them to make a craft room storage/art piece Pinned.


Tuesday 24th of July 2018

I love reusing items. What a great idea for paint storage. I was instantly drawn to the colors in the inlinkz, love them.

Bri Adams

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

What a fun way to use the drawers and I love that you hung them. My paint is all jumbled in a bin and it's a mess. This has totally inspired me to get them organized. Thank you!