I started with a section of 1” thick pine that measures 17.25” x 48”.
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.)
The standard can of spray paint measures just under 3” in diameter, so I used a 3” hole drill bit for the holes.
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.)
After I drilled the holes, I lightly sanded any rough edges.
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.
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.