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My wife, kids, and I are constantly making or decorating something.  We had tons of craft paint sitting around and constantly fishing through the box for the right color.   I decided to make a paint organizer shelf display that we could easily see and be inspired by the colors.   The display holds 78 bottles.

I always have lots of scrap wood sitting around and love to be able to put it to good use.

I picked some 1/2" birch      Use what you have.  Just modify your dimensions.


You need:


1/2 birch plywood  ( I love birch for a lot of projects.  It paints or stains nicely)

Saw of choice ( I used a table saw to rip the pieces but most anything will work) 

Nails

Glue

1/4 inch plywood for back


The design is pretty straight forward.  I ripped the 1/2" birch down to 4 1/4" wide strips.  I cut (5) 18 3/4" long pieces for the top, bottom and shelves and (2) pieces at 15 1/4" for the two sides.  I spaced the shelves approx. 2" apart.  Apply glue to the shelf ends and nail on the side pieces . 

Cut a 19 1/2" by 15 1/4" piece from some scrap 1/4" ply for the back.   Check your box for square by measuring diagonal corner to corner.  Run a bead of glue around the perimeter and nail your backing on.   

Load up your handy paint shelf.  I like storing it backwards to see the colors better. 

My kids just attacked the paint today to paint little boats they made for floating in the rain gutter after a much needed storm.   I hope you find this as handy we do.
 
<p>I have the same problem that you had with your paint and have been looking for a solution as to how best to store and display the colors. As soon as it warms up in my shop I think I will try something like you have done. It looks like a good solution. Check out the picture of my mess of paint.</p>

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