Building a Paint Board

I am a huge fan of DIY.  I always end up building something because I like the ability to make everything custom to the spot or what I require.  I have built things from shelves to a lizard enclosure.  On the weekend, I decided that I needed a better way to store my paint tubes.  I had them all in a shoebox and they were taking up too much room on my table, where they had to be, out of reach of my toddler.  I figured a paint board would be the perfect solution!  A paint board is a board designed to hold the paint tubes.  It was really easy to make, and cost me nothing as I had all the materials lying around.

Materials:

  • 1 x board (MDF, plywood, hardwood, doesn’t matter.  I had some MDF boards that I got out of the offcut bin at Bunnings, which I used)
  • screws (number is dependant on the size of the board and how many paint tubes you want hung up, I used 21)
  • Fold clips (same number as the screws)
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Method:

Step 1:

Measuring the placement for the first row of screws

Measuring the placement for the first row of screws

I measured out where the screws would go.  I ruled a line across, 1 cm down from the top of the board.  I then made a mark on this line, 3 cm in from the side.  This is the first screw location.  I then put a dot every 6 cms a long the line.

 

Step 2:

First row of screws done

First row of screws done

The next step is to drill holes on each of the dots.   Choose a drill bit that is smaller than the screw.  This makes screwing in the screws much easier.  I have a power drill that also screws, so once all the holes were made, I switched out the drill bit for a screwdriver head, and screwed in all the screws.  I did not screw them in all the way, but left a bit out so that the clips could hang on them.

 

Step 3:

Measuring how low to put the second row of screws

Measuring how low to put the second row of screws

This is a simple step.  I put a clip on the end of a paint tube and hung it on the screw.  I then measured how far down I should have the second row of screws.  This is dependant on the type of paint you use.  I use mostly Atelier Interactive and they are quite a long tube, so I used a 17 cm gap between rows.

 

Step 4:

All the screws in place

All the screws in place

Repeat step 1 and 2 for the rest of the board.

 

Once all the screws are in, put clips on all your paint tubes and hang them up!  Simple!  You can hang them in colour groups to help find the colour quicker.  I like having them all out on a display because now I don’t have to sort through a shoebox of paints to find the one I want.

Paint board all set up

Paint board all set up

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