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DIY Spray Paint Organizer



Cans of spray paint tend to get a little out of control in my garage. Mainly because I will set them down on any available surface, only to tuck them away and out of sight when I’m rushing to clean up. Of course that leads to my other problem of buying multiple cans because I forget what colors I have tucked away. I needed a way to store spray paint cans so that they are in my face, but out of my way.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      I started with a section of 1” thick pine that measures 17.25” x 48”.

    2. Step: 2

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      I decided how many cans I’d want it to hold, then made a template for the holes. (This made the spacing between holes more accurate than if I had measured and marked one at a time.)

    3. Step: 3

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      The standard can of spray paint measures just under 3” in diameter, so I used a 3” hole drill bit for the holes.

    4. Step: 4

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      I drilled a small pilot hole on all 18 of my marks so that the bigger drill bit wouldn’t “walk”. I angled each hole by first making contact with the teeth on the bit, to the surface of the wood. (See photo.)

    5. Step: 5

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      After I drilled the holes, I lightly sanded any rough edges.

    6. Step: 6

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      Next, I nailed a 1” x 3.50” board along both sides. These edges create a 3.50” space between the front, (board with all the holes) and the wall. The bottom of the spray paint cans will come to rest against the wall.

    7. Step: 7

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      To anchor the two sides and provide some meat for the hardware to hold onto, I added a scrap piece of 2x3” across the top/back. After painting it white, I went in search of some cans to fill it with.

Comments (27)



  • Very cool idea and execution. I might try making a smaller one with my new Ryobi tool. Eric
    By Eric in San Diego, on May 21, 2016

  • I like the simple design.
    By Jeff Projects, on May 25, 2016
    • Thanks Jeff, I just looked at your projects, you are very talented. :)
      By My Altered State, on May 25, 2016

  • There is nothing better than having a nice organized garage. Every time I allow my garage to become a mess, I wind up finding tools I forgot I had when I do decide to clean it up. The same would apply to paint. You forget you had a green, so you go buy one, only to find the old one later.
    By 1froglegs, on May 26, 2016
    • You get me then! This has been my struggle. ;)
      By My Altered State, on May 26, 2016

  • What an awesome paint organizer. This would be perfect for our garage.
    By Birdiebee, on May 26, 2016

  • i do believe there are some awesome ideas on this and this is just another project id like to start
    By carol clark, on May 26, 2016


  • That's a good idea! My husband would really like this. :)
    By calmond, on May 31, 2016

  • This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    By awitbrodt_114221, on September 1, 2016

  • Need to do this! Such simple idea :)
    By Jfranich, on September 1, 2016

  • What a great way to show all the cans. Currently mine are all in a shelf but it's hard to see what colors I have, this would eliminate that.
    By ginger_rose_126257, on September 1, 2016

  • Sweet project and love all the details. This could be adapted to SO many storage ideas, thank you!!! ~ Christina in FL
    By queenopearls_117536, on September 2, 2016


  • Wow what a great idea!
    By ashleeault, on September 16, 2016

  • Wish I would have thought of this for my old shop!
    By Mikelstinson, on September 16, 2016

  • I love this project! Such a space saver! I'm always trying to figure out what to do with those cans of spray paint!!
    By mirparsons, on September 17, 2016


  • this is a brilliant storage idea i mean its just brilliant i love the design the way they fit in amazing
    By carol clark, on September 30, 2016

  • You inspire me so much! Johnny and I got some projects on our bucket list but first I think garage organization is needed big time over here! Great idea!
    By Hillmaas, on September 30, 2016

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DIY Spray Paint Organizer

by My Altered State
Apr 21, 2016
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Cans of spray paint tend to get a little out of control in my garage. Mainly because I will set them down on any available surface, only to tuck them away and out of sight when I’m rushing to clean up. Of course that leads to my other problem of buying multiple cans because I forget what colors I have tucked away. I needed a way to store spray paint cans so that they are in my face, but out of my way.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 9e8e8c59 3ca4 49d9 9c43 0a563448e9c6

    I started with a section of 1” thick pine that measures 17.25” x 48”.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 44b2fd09 275e 4083 a4ed dfd8ccdbcb8f

    I decided how many cans I’d want it to hold, then made a template for the holes. (This made the spacing between holes more accurate than if I had measured and marked one at a time.)

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 504f2499 11ba 4c71 89ad a43236a18b13

    The standard can of spray paint measures just under 3” in diameter, so I used a 3” hole drill bit for the holes.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 2b137ca8 fb45 4090 9c8c 1892832e51d6

    I drilled a small pilot hole on all 18 of my marks so that the bigger drill bit wouldn’t “walk”. I angled each hole by first making contact with the teeth on the bit, to the surface of the wood. (See photo.)

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 0efab398 8e37 4fdc a94d 067fb4237b9d

    After I drilled the holes, I lightly sanded any rough edges.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 568aa5c4 2489 4399 b6ea 575f59b875ae

    Next, I nailed a 1” x 3.50” board along both sides. These edges create a 3.50” space between the front, (board with all the holes) and the wall. The bottom of the spray paint cans will come to rest against the wall.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 90eb4c44 beac 4ab0 bcd8 9adefb5c62a0

    To anchor the two sides and provide some meat for the hardware to hold onto, I added a scrap piece of 2x3” across the top/back. After painting it white, I went in search of some cans to fill it with.