Paint Storage

If you follow me on Facebook, you may recall that I hit a great sale online at Home Depot awhile back and bought a boat load of paint samples. It was buy one get one free on their 8oz indoor/outdoor paint samples. I just flipped through and ordered a couple shades of each color in the rainbow. The only problem was finding somewhere to store them where I'd be able to see all my options when it came time to use them.

I had a few ideas but they all got washed away when I found a wood box by the side of the road with a "free" sign on it. I tossed it in the back of my car (thankfully it was only a mile away on residential streets so I could drive home with the trunk open) and within a few days, I had screwed it to the inside of the door of the wood shed.

Free Wooden Box

And honestly, that's how it sat for almost 2 months.

I finally stole a couple of hours one morning to bust out the saw, the nail gun and a bunch of scrap wood. In the end, here's what I came up with:

Completed Paint Storage

It works great and I can see the color dot on top of each of the sample tubs. Here's a close up to show you how I made sure the tubs won't fall out and yet they're easy to get out.

More paint storage

Each of the small shelves seen here has one flat shelf and then a front facing of 1/8 inch plywood cut in a 1 inch wide strip. I nailed that to the edge of the 3/4 inch plywood shelf so that just a little bit of it would stick up to hold in the tubs.

This has changed the way the door moves a bit but since I bought heavy duty hinges to start with, I think the added weight will be just fine. If you do something like this, ensure your hinges are very strong as this adds a significant amount of weight to the door.

It looks like I can pick up a few more oops samples from the paint department ... those are only $.50. :)

Thank you for reading,

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