Spiced Up Paint Caddy

Have you ever been browsing through a thrift shop and seen one of these spice racks? Or maybe you have one in your own kitchen? This spice rack needs a new purpose in life

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!

Using just a few tools and some leftover supplies, I redesigned my sad spice rack into quite a happy little paint caddy, complete with carrying handle, and slots on the side to store brushes!An old spice rack gets new life as a craft paint organizer

Here’s how:

First, I sanded the whole piece down really well, then cleaned it with a cloth.

SandingThen I spray-painted it white. I had a hard time deciding what color/style to make it, but in the end I went for fun and colorful, since it would be carrying all different colors of paint.

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.Colorful polka dots

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.Selecting Drill Bits

Drill the hole almost as long as the length of the shaft.

Then screw in the hook, making sure it ends up level horizontally. I used one hook for the top, and one at the bottom to stabilize the brush.

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).Foam Tape

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?

Here’s a trick: tape a piece of blue painters tape to the bottom of the handle.Painters Tape for Marking

Mark the holes.Painters Tape 2

Remove the tape from the handle and apply it to the surface you’re going to drill through (careful not to stretch the tape!).Painters Tape 3

Now drill through the holes you marked on the tape. No measuring, and the tape protects the surface you’re drilling on.Painters Tape 4

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.

Can you blame them?

With my handy paint carrying case

Off to work!

Guess it’s back to the thrift store again to find one for myself!


  1. You have an amazing eye for treasues! Beauiful and useful. Shared.

  2. Super cute!

  3. Just found you via the social media link up. Looking forward to connecting!

  4. Good share on the Paint Caddy Meredith and well presented. Painters tape is useful for many drilling projects and also keeps the dust contained if the material is noxious. Hope the kids paint you something nice !

  5. In my next life I will come back as a DIY person. I seem to have not a creative bone in my body, except when it comes to online stuff. Hands-on projects and I are just not compatible. I love what you made!

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks Laurie! I think my husband wishes I was less of a DIY person. It’s not all fun and games when there are power tools in the kitchen and drop cloths all over the house. :)

  6. That’s such a cool idea! And even someone who’s craft-challenged like me could pull it off :)

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks Trish – you definitely could! Sometimes it just takes a little nudge in the right direction….

  7. Excellent paint caddy! Always a pleasure discovering new uses for something that has been thrown aside. I liked the polka dots!

  8. ballnchainz says:

    This is Jay

    Very nice. You should do your Owen hgtv show restoring items back to being useful. Great pics and great post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Meredith, I love your ideas. I’m not a crafter, but always on the lookout for a bargain and you get me started thinking – If you got one with the jars, wouldn’t it be great to use it in the sewing room to store all those little things like pins, bobbins, etc.?

    • Meredith says:

      That’s a great idea Lenie! And you wouldn’t have to paint it, if you’re not into that kind of crafting, it would be perfectly useful as is.

  10. That is too cute, and I used to have one of those types of caddies, but it’s long gone now. I would love it if you did a post on mod podge. I have some rustic pine furniture that I hate to replace, but it could use a face lift. I’m not sure if painting or some other creative application would be for the best.

  11. Cool idea for repurposing! And the tape tip is great. Have you showcased any of your projects at the county or state fairs?

  12. Adorable! I so envy your knack!!!! Hope you found another for yourself :)

  13. Such patience! A creative project indeed. Years ago I painted a old stool pink – that made my daughter happy.

  14. Never a gull moment for a creatve mind. Life is much too fun to be dull. Great work and post.

  15. It was such a nice idea to change spice jar holding rack.
    This is another great Idea and by little work how we can change the looks and usage…. I still have your last Idea in my mind and I will try this as well during my holidays.

    You are really creative. All the best.

  16. Hi Meredith; just remember all the fun you had doing it. and i have to wonder how long you would have stayed all neat and clean even with your beautiful new catti. I can remember starting school with neat arranged folders that lasted a week or two maybe a month. smile i also wonder if you wouldn’t have ended up giving it away as a gift at some point. I can’t remember many craft projects I’ve ever done that i still have. smile thanks for sharing the experience. but now its back to work for both of us. take care, Max

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks Max, and I agree. I think the best end to a good craft project is by brightening someone else’s life with it.

  17. crystalzakrison says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing with us! =)

  18. Very cool, Meredith. It looks great! And I like the hint about the blue tape for marking where to drill. Thanks for sharing.

  19. You are so creative! I love repurposed items and I’m never going to look at an old spice rack the same way again! :)

  20. This is such an awesome idea! I have a spice rack I don’t use and can’t wait to do this. I’d love for you to share your post on my Just for Kids weekly link up :) Thanks so much ! http://www.homeschoolingmom4two.com/2014/03/just-for-kids-weekly-link-up-crafts_31.html

  21. That is really cute! I wish I was creative like this. You have such good vision for the things you are creating.

  22. Meredith says:

    Thanks Niekka!

  23. Such a great idea! I love repurposing and this is so cute!

  24. This is so beautiful and has such a lively feel to it! I will try this out with my daughter maybe she loves the DIY kind of things! Thanks for sharing. Found your blog on the Click n chat link up!

  25. This is just too cute and so useful! I’ve been tempted to buy a spice rack like this just for this reason! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Show-licious Craft party!! I am excited that you liked up! I pinned it to the party board. :)

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    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  27. Super cute! I made mine a few years back and it’s so handy. Here’s how I made mine if you want to check it out! http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/03/spice-rack-to-paint-organizer.html?m=1

  28. I LOVE this idea!!!

  29. Now, I’ve seen a lot of different uses for spice racks, but I think this one is my favorite! WOW! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend with you :) Happy Friday! #TGIF

  30. I LOVE this! Great tip on the handle placement too! You can make great polka dots using the handle tip end of a paintbrush too :)

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks Jenna, that’s a great tip about the end of a paintbrush. I was thinking a pencil eraser might work too.

  31. What a great idea!!! I always see those racks at the thrift store, now I can make something to help organize my craft room! :)

  32. izabelakumar says:

    That’s beautiful Meredith! Very creative! I found you on #homemattersparty :)

  33. What an awesome idea! It looks so cheerful now!

    I would love for you to share your it with our Thursday Link Up Party- Idea box:



  34. Super, super cool! I love ideas like this!! Thanks so much for linking up with Idea Box!


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