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Organize craft paint on a cabinet door

Today's tip is to help you organize craft paint. 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


Organize craft paint on 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


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45 thoughts on “Organize craft paint on a cabinet door”

  1. Love this idea and will definitely use it. I have one question though, and please forgive my linear thought process here, but, why aren’t there screws in the top hole of the “towel racks”?

    • Hi Katie, this is a GREAT observation… I had completely forgotten about leaving out the top screws. There is no reason to leave them out except that the paint isn’t that heavy, I didn’t have more screws and I was excited to put the thing together and get the paint up out of the box they were in. Probably not the most logical answer – can we say it’s a minimalist approach? 😀 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Thank you for sharing your craft room before/ after pics & tips. I want to share my ribbon storage idea. I have a 6′ piece of 1/4 all thread I have put all the spools on the allthread & added washers & nuts to hold I have the ribbon in a corner standing vertically. I feel this vertical space is a freebie & i have added space to my craft room by not having the ribbon taking up valuable space.
    P.s. I have around 28 spools of ribbon

  3. Hi Jen,
    Just wondering about hanging those paints on the doors. I know how heavy a bunch of paints are and am wondering about throwing the door out of kilter when hanging a bunch of paints on a door.

    • Hi Monika, you’re right, the paints are heavy. If you’re going to store as many as I have, you do need to make sure it’s a sturdy door with strong hinges. These doors are solid wood with solid hinges. You could add an extra hinge if needed.

  4. I’m going to do this on my giant pegboard, I’m using curtain rods instead of towel bars, since I have the curtain rods already. Thanks for the great idea.

      • I WILL be using your idea! I am currently remodeling (while living here) our house we purchased in Sept. I was distressing how to store my mountain of paints, oil, acrylics, water, a lot of paint! Space is very limited so this is the most awesome idea that’ll work for us. Thank you for sharing, I mean that sincerely! You are helping many..add me to your list. ?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂


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