Organize craft paint on a cabinet door

Have you ever thought that there was no way you could gain any more space in your craft room to organize another thing? Use the outside of your cabinet doors to create a functional organization area for all your craft paints and mediums for less than $30.

I grabbed some towel bars from IKEA for $2 each and a handful of 1/4″ dowels. If I hadn’t taken 3 months to paint everything, I would have had new paint storage in about a day… so lets assume, you CAN create some new organizational space in a weekend, it’s pretty darn easy.

Craft Storage with Towel bars designed by Jen Goode
Craft Storage with Towel bars designed by Jen Goode


cabinet door paint organizer before and after


Craft Storage

Paint organizing cabinet door

Make your own storage space using the outside of a cabinet door


  • IKEA towel bars
  • 1/4″ wood dowels
  • Wood screws
  • Electric drill
  • Wood glue
  • Awl (or similar sharp pointy tool)
  • Hammer and nails
  • White paint (optional)
attach towel bars to cabinet door to organize craft paint


  1. Remove cabinet door from cabinet.
  2. Measure and cut the wood dowels to the width of your cabinet door.
  3. Measure placement for the metal towel bars, these will hold the paint in place. Use the awl to create a starter hole for the drill and then screw the wood screws into place. If you plan on painting the door, don’t tighten the screws too much.
  4. Apply wood glue to one side of a dowel. Attach to cabinet just below the towel bar base plate (don’t quote me on that term, I’m guessing). Hold in place with a small piece of tape.
  5. Once glue has dried,  nail the dowel in place on either end.
  6. Remove towel bar and paint cabinet door. Let dry overnight.
  7. Replace cabinet door.
paint cabinet door for craft paint organization
Craft Storage
Craft Storage
Craft Storage
I think having your paint organized and easily accessible helps to use it better. If you can see what you have when you are deciding on a project, I think you’re more apt to choose the best supplies for the job. I wish I had prettier photos to share with you, but 1. my craft space is in my basement and 2. my craft space is a disaster, so we’re lucky this area is clean enough to not completely embarrass me. Hope the photos give you enough of an idea to get inspired to get creative and organized! Note: Craft paint courtesy of DecoArt – oh how I love all these colors!
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    • says

      Oh I’m so glad you like this idea! I keep trying to figure out what else I can stick to the wall to make more room for more table space – ha! Good luck.

  1. Katherine Estep says

    I just moved and my bedroom is super small I’m going to use this for the several paints I have. (I think I have at least a hundred.) But I’m going to alter it slightly because I have no cabinets in my room. My idea is to hang up a piece of wood on my wall and attach cabinet doors to it and then use towels rods like you did for my paints and other things.

  2. says

    Wow that is an awesome idea! I have inherited 2 random wood towel rods in my house and didn’t want to take them down before seeing if I could make them work in my kids new schoolroom. We will be homeschooling next year and this is getting thrown in the mix, so, thanks!

  3. Daineel Brits says

    at last a solution to all those spice bottles (that’s what I am going to use it for). Thank you so much for sharing. A BRILLIANT idea

  4. DebraK says

    This is by far, the BEST storage I’ve ever seen for paints! Very inspirational! It looks organized, clean, and classy. I really love it, and the price is perfect! TFS!

  5. Lenoria says

    This is a wonderful and colorful idea! I have curtain rods up on my wall to hold some of my punches but would not have thought to use them on a door like this, I love this idea! I need organization ideas right now because my craft room is a major disaster and I am trying to re-organize it! Thank you.

  6. Vickie says

    This is positively brilliant. For a while I have pondered how easiest to organize my paint for ease of access. Your project not only does this so cleverly, as it is a great decor idea, bringing such color to a craft room. Love, love, love it. And this is my first comment on PinInterest, as I am brand new to this site and concept. Learning as I go.

  7. says

    Seriously genius! I love those Ikea bars, they are also great for storing craft punches. Also, for anyone who might do this, you can find square dowels at HD or Lowes which would likely be easier to attach :)