HOW TO ADD SHELVING TO A SMALL UTILITY ROOM
HOW TO ORGANIZE PAINT SUPPLIES IN THE UTILITY ROOM
One of the main reasons we so desperately needed these storage shelves in our utility room was because we no other place to store our extra paint and paint supplies. Since our garage is detached from the house and unheated, we can’t store paint out there (it would freeze). I did some research and determined that we could safely store our water-based latex paint on our new shelves, but not oil based paint or spray paint.
Ironically, after emptying all of our latex paints from their original cans into clear plastic canisters (read all about the how and why on that in this post), I determined that using empty paint cans would be an ideal way to store many of our other paint supplies. Rather than attempting to clean out old paint cans, many of which were rusty around the edges, I purchased new, empty paint cans. They sell them in a couple of sizes, and they’re very inexpensive. I started by sorting out all of my paint supplies, then began filling up the paint cans with all those items small enough to fit within them.
I printed simple labels that match the labels I created to note the paint brand, color, and sheen on the canisters of extra paint.
Click here to download this blank label template if you want to use these for your own paint supplies. Just use your favorite editing program to add in the text, or print them without text and hand write in what you need. I printed all of my labels on to glossy sticker paper, then it cut just inside the gray circle border, and stuck them directly onto the cans.
I filled the larger paint cans with different kinds of paint roller covers and foam roller covers, our paint edging tools with the refill edging pads, and with rolls of various widths of blue painter’s tape.
I used the smaller cans to hold our paint brushes and extra stir sticks.
Of course, some of our paint supplies were too big to fit into paint cans. For these, I used to some silver mesh bins that I already had around the house. One bin holds our drop cloths and rollers and a second bin holds our paint trays and paint tray liners, as well as extras of some of our supplies.
To label these bins, I again used the same label template and printed my labels onto glossy sticker paper, but this time I didn’t peel off the sticker backing. Instead, I just punched a hole through the top of each circle and used some ribbon to tie the labels on to the handle of each bin.
You might have noticed that there is also a third, empty bin sitting up on the shelf. I know from experience that it can be cumbersome hauling all of the necessary supplies up and down the stairs through the house. We use this extra bin to transport just the specific supplies we need for a particular project. I’ll fill this bin with the specific paint we are using, as well as the paint brushes, rollers, and tape that we need for that project. Then, when we’re done painting, it will be quick and easy to empty the supplies out of this extra bin and back in to their respective containers on the shelves.
Three nails hammered into a stud keep additional paint supplies neatly organized.
The top nail holds the customized paint deck I made, which includes each of the colors of paint used throughout our house. Read all the details about this simple, DIY paint deck here.
Another nail in the same stud holds a clipboard with my paint reference charts and my paint organizing kit.
Finally, I put all of our can opening keys onto a book ring and hung them from another nail to make them quick and easy to find each time we have a new can of paint open. I honestly don’t know why we have so many, but they seem to go missing easily, so I’m keeping them all.
I used the top and bottom shelves in the utility room for the items that we will access the least frequently. Since Scott and I are both short, whatever went on the top shelf had to be lightweight and easy to maneuver. We decided that this was the perfect place to store all of our extra furnace filters, which weigh almost nothing.
The bottom shelf holds extra, empty canisters, which are ready to grab and go when we have new paint to transfer into them. On the floor, below the bottom shelf, we have stacked up extra tile from various projects around the house. There’s a lot of extra tile floating around in the garage, which I still need to move down to the utility room. But, it’s nice to now have one place that we can put all of this tile to be able to find it when we need it.