DIY Spray Paint Shelf {holds 117 cans!!}

So we have officially been in our new house in the Columbus, Ohio area for 6 days.  While we are still surrounded by boxes and the feeling that my house will never be clean; we are happy, together and love our new community.  The inground pool in the backyard ain’t too shabby either.  While I am still knee deep in packing paper I was DYING to make something.  It has been so long since I have been to Lowes and smelled the aroma of lumber.  Weird that I miss that but I was so excited to start on a project.  I gave away all my scrap lumber before we moved so I had to buy everything for this project.  It still cost me less than $40 in wood.  And this shelf holds over 100 cans of spray paint.  Who has that much spray paint you ask?  Hmmmm I don’t know. #spraypainthoarder.

spray paint shelf

This is the first time in our married life we have owned a home with a basement.  It is glorious and a perfect place for me to store my paint.  Because of the extreme temperatures in the Midwest I try and keep my paint inside so it doesn’t get funky.  Here is the closet before.  It has great shelves but this huge unused wall space that was begging for more shelving.

basement closet spray paint shelf


2-1” x 2” x 6’

2-1” x 4” x 10’

4-1” x 4” x 6’

2” wood screws

Kreg jig

1 1/4″ Kreg Jig screws

chop saw

Cut list:

10 – 1” x 4” x 36”

2 – 1” x 4” x 83”

3 – 1” x 2” x 36”

Finished size: 37 1/2” x 83”

1. Start with cutting your 1” x 4” x 10’ boards down to 83”.  This will leave you enough for one shelf on each end.

2.  Next cut all your 1” x 4” x 6” to 36”.  You will have a total of 10 boards of this size.

3.  Drill two Kreg Jig holes on each end of the 1” x 4” x 36”.

4.  Start building the frame by screwing in one 36” board at the top and one at the bottom.  I faced my Kreg holes away from the interior of the shelf.

DIY spray paint shelf

5.  Add your 1” x 2” x 36” support piece at the top.  I drilled three Kreg holes widthwise to secure it to the top.

organizing spray paint

6.  With a pencil, mark every 9” starting from the top to the bottom on both 83” pieces.  This will be where the bottom of each shelf goes.

diy spray paint organization

7.  Using 1 1/4” Kreg Jig screws, screw all the shelves in.

spray paint organization

8.  Add your 1” x 2” support to the bottom of the second to last shelf and the 4th shelf.

9.  Use a stud finder to mark your studs and then pre-drill through the 1” x 2” support into the wall.  Secure with 2 1/2” wood screws.  Use a level to check that it is straight.

how to build a shelf for spray paint

Then fill her up!.  I counted 108 cans of paint, adhesive and primer!  It holds 13 cans per shelf.  So if you use the regular spray cans this shelf will hold 117 cans.  Holy cans that is a lot of spray paint.  It is also great for pint sample jars of paint or quart jars too.





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Disclaimer:  This project was sponsored by Lowes.  They challenged me to take a part of my basement and do a little makeover.  While I was given the topic I not given any opinions to share.

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  1. Kim Chance says:

    That is beautiful! So envious 🙂

  2. Guerrina Waters-Hernandez says:

    Great job for all those spray paints! I don’t have that many…yet 🙂 I went away for a week to visit friends. On a trip to the grocery store they asked if there was anywhere else I wanted to go. Right next door was Home Depot – “I’d like to go there. I need to smell some sawdust.” They looked at me strangely, but in we went and I inhaled deeply!

  3. nancy carlson says:

    Now, where oh where can I build one of these??? I don’t have quite that many cans of spray paint, but my house still looks like I could start a paint store! Great job on the shelf. It looks like perhaps a jig should be in my future. They make things look so much nicer!

  4. kimmatreinvented says:

    Very cool! I am envious of your spray paint “collection.” 🙂 Glad you guys are getting settled in.

  5. Amy Jo Trager says:

    Holy Smokes! That’s a lot of spray paint! I think it’s hilarious that so many are missing the cap. I think I need to get my cans out of the cardboard box and onto a shelf like this!

  6. Wow! Nice!…. but I bet you’re going to miss your craft room!

  7. The storage I do that really looks great. But it is also a serious fire hazard in a woodframe construction building. You would be much better off to buy a paint cabinet to store these flammable liquids in. As a retired federal occupational safety and health specialist if I were to have seen this in some body’s shop we would’ve definitely written it up and had it removed. Great idea, bad execution. You can see by the wooden rafters located above the project and the wooden project itself there is a tremendous amount of combustible material.

  8. I LOVE THIS!! We just moved into a new house and while we were packing our old one, my husband made me donate all of my spray paint. He said the only place that has more spray paint than me is the Krylon factory! So, out they went. But when I saw this, I felt an urge to go by more spray paint. LOL I sent this link to my husband asking if he would build me one….and if he wouldn’t, I’m sure my dad would do it for me. LOL Thanks for the great idea!

    • Oh man, I am not sure anyone could separate me from my spray paint collection. 😉 I hope you get someone to build the shelf for you and that you rebuild your collection!


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