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Organize craft paint on a cabinet door

Written by: | Published: June 13, 2016 | Updated: January 19, 2018

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? ๐Ÿ˜€ 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.


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