If you’ve got bins of spray paint sitting around you’ll love this easy garage shelving to store all of those cans so you can see them!
I have been decluttering like crazy lately and loving the results but I came across a couple of bins of spray paint and I knew I couldn’t get rid of it all! I use spray paint ALL THE TIME for various things. My only issue with it was that I had all of my cans stored in these two plastic bins and it was very hard to see exactly how much I had. I hated digging through those bins so I would often find myself going to the store to get a new can. Then I would come home to find I already had 3 cans of gold spray paint. So annoying!
So I came up with a super simple and easy way to store them so they didn’t take up any extra room in my garage but I could see them all at a glance. Ready to see how I did it? And it only cost me about $15 and 2 hours of my time too! My favorite kind of project!
One day I was looking at all of this empty space between the studs in my garage…
… and I also was looking at these awful bins of spray paint I had on some fairly “valuable real estate” shelves.
I knew there had to be a better way. Like I said, digging through those bins to find what I needed was not fun so I usually just avoided it and bought spray paint I already had, wasting both time and money.
So I decided to fit some shelves right there in between the studs in the garage. It is the PERFECT depth for spray paint cans. AND I had some 1x4s just sitting around begging to be put to good use.
Here are the supplies you’ll need for this super easy garage shelving project:
- 1×4 boards (enough length to make the desired amount of shelves. I used 2 8 ft boards)
- Saw (I used my chop saw but a hand saw would work too… just a bit more elbow grease would be needed!)
- Measuring tape
- nail gun (you could use a regular ol’ hammer & nails too!)
STEP ONE: Measure the distance between your studs and cut boards to the right length. Mine needed to be about 14.5 inches. The studs were not exactly square so I needed to adjust a little but luckily these shelves do not need to be exact to still work beautifully so don’t stress if there are gaps!
STEP TWO: Measure for the desired height of your shelves. I settled on 10.5 inches but you might want a little more or a little less. I had an extra piece of board so I cut that to 10.5 inches and just used it as a guide for my shelf height each time. But you can also just mark every 10.5 inches with a pencil too… either way!
STEP THREE: Using a level, make sure board is straight.
STEP FOUR: Using your nail gun (or hammer & nails) drive two nails into front of board (on both sides) and into stud at an angle. Spray paint is fairly light so this will totally be sufficient to hold a few cans.
STEP FIVE: Repeat until you have the number of shelves you need to hold all of your spray paint!
STEP SIX: Organize your spray paint! Rainbowtizing is completely optional but I highly recommend it. 🙂
Like I said, this took just a couple of hours to put together this easy garage shelving (part of that was waiting for my nail gun battery to charge–oops!) and about $15 in 1x4s (which I actually already had on hand) and it has made such a difference!! It has totally brightened up that area of the garage to have all of that fun color AND I now have two bins worth of room freed up on my other shelving. That is a complete success if you ask me.
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