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I’m in the process of creating a 6-part series on storing & organizing art supplies (canvases, paper, paintbrushes, pens/pencils, finished art, stencils, stamps, and more!)
Store & Organize Art Supplies: Finished Artwork
Store & Organize Art Supplies: Stencils & Stamps
Store & Organize Art Supplies: Art Inspiration (papers & computer files)
Art supplies are in abundance for creative people!
- we collect creative things that speak to us
- we buy unique art supplies to try something new
- we save creative items because we think they may come in useful one day (ha-ha)
Before we know it, we have a lot of art supplies around us and no room to create. Today, I’ll share with you how I store my paint tubes & bottles.
Paint comes in heavy body, soft body, open, fluid, etc. Where to store all these tubes? I found a solution that I love! I’ve been using this board below for about five years now!
1. DIY Painted Board with Nails
Below: I saw this idea on Pinterest (left) and decided to make my own (right)
I prefer to use supplies I have on hand, otherwise I never get around to doing the project. We had a piece of scrap plywood in the garage, so I lightly sanded the edges and use that. I laid out my tubes of paint to make sure there was enough room for all of them.
The wood piece got two coats of acrylic black paint and I used a stencil to add some interest with fun white triangles.
Clips were added to all the tubes and then I marked where I wanted to place each nail and hammered them in. This paint storage board sits on a tabletop easel to hold it upright. I keep it on my work table all the time so all my acrylic tubes are within reach.
The other type of paint holders that I have a lot of are bottles. Craft paint, fluid acrylics, high flow acrylics, and paint jars with lids are just a few.
2. Tiered Wire Basket
For this first one, I decided to go to one of my all-time favorite stores, HomeGoods. I walked through, looking for a fun container for paint bottles. I found it in the kitchen section for $19.99, a three-tier wire basket stand.
The only thing that bothered me about it was that it didn’t move and once I filled it up, it was heavy! I found a 14″ turntable here for $15. Now the whole thing spins and it’s super easy to grab anything. I love it!
A home decor tray is another item I’ve used for organizing my paint bottles.
The handles make it super easy to move around and it will hold all of my fluid and high flow acrylic paint bottles.
4. Decorative Shelf
You are probably catching on by now that I love home decor products. They help to add style to my art studio and makes the place feel cozy and inviting. Decorative shelves are great for this because they add some contrast and interest to the walls.
This particular shelf is fun because it sits out about 3 inches from the wall. The shelves aren’t very tall, so I put my small paint bottles on these shelves.
5. Small Metal Shelf
The kitchen section of Target is where I found this shelf (years ago). It’s been in our pantry, medicine closet, and now in my art studio. I use it for my metallic paint bottles, glitters, inks and other unique products that I don’t use very often.
6. Turn Table/Lazy Susan
Lastly, I want to share with you my turn table/lazy susan. I enjoyed the one I put under the wire tier baskets so much that I bought another one for my black and white paint bottles that I use all the time. The plastic tray had a plain outer edge, so I added some washi tape to dress it up.
I hope you gained a few new ideas to store and organize your paint tubes & bottles. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Home decor items can be repurposed from around your house to add a stylish touch for your art supplies.
I’m curious, which of these 6 ideas was your favorite? Let me know if the comments below.