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It was time for finding a solution to the paint storage with this DIY Spray Paint Shelf.

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.

Building a Spray Paint Shelf

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.


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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

Supplies you’ll need:

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″

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1 – Cut the big boards

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

Step 2 – Cut the small boards

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

Step 3 – Drill the holes

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

Step 4 – Build the Frame

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

Step 5 – Support Piece

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

Step 6 – Mark with pencil

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

Step 7 – Screw the Shelves

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

spray paint organization

Step 8 –

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

Step 9 – Mark your Studs

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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