I was at a shop the other day and spied this one, bereft of its glass jars, looking a little lonely on the shelf. Indeed, the price tag only showed $1, an indication of its fallen state. I thought, “surely I could do something with that.” Not sure what I’d do, I decided that $1 was a price I was willing to gamble on and I picked it up. (This is why I’m in danger of becoming a hoarder some day.) When I got home and walked into my laundry/craft room, I was greeted by an overflowing mess of acrylic craft paint and painting supplies. Inspiration strikes in the strangest places!
First, I sanded the whole piece down really well, then cleaned it with a cloth.
I free-handed the different size polka dots all over, using the craft paint that I’d be storing in it. You could also use a hole punch and small pieces of blue painter’s tape to create little dot stencils for yourself, if you’re not into free-hand painting.
Then I screwed eye-hooks into the sides of the caddy. Hint: Pilot holes are your friend. It’s so much easier to screw in these little eye-hooks when there is already a hole to screw them into. Simply select a drill bit that is slightly smaller in diameter to the size of the shaft on your hook.
Next, I used Weatherstripping Foam Tape to line the inside of each space for the paints to rest on. My paint bottles were too narrow to sit comfortably in these holes, without wanting to slide out. I found that weatherstripping is adhesive on one side (allowing me to attach it to the inside of the circles) and slightly tacky on the other side (perfect for gently gripping the paint bottles).
Now the paint bottles are nice and cozy, and don’t go sliding out when I move the caddy around.
Tip: If you are the type of crafter who
hoards stores small supplies like beads or glitter, then look for a spice rack with its original glass jars still in place. They’d be perfect for those little items.
Finally, it came time to attach the handle to the top, for easy carrying ability. Have you ever attached a drawer handle to a drawer, and struggled to get the measurements right for the screw holes?
All finished! I loaded up my caddy with paint and brushes and congratulated myself on how easy it would now be to keep my paints organized. Then I abruptly came back to reality again when my kids claimed my masterpiece for themselves.
Guess it’s back to the thrift store again to find one for myself!