I’ve been working on making my craft room (the bonus side of our bedroom) a more functional space. My first order of business was to go through all of my boxes, baskets and bins to sort out all my supplies and see what I really had, and what I really wanted to keep. When I grouped all my paint together, I knew I wanted some better paint storage than just boxes. They were hard to get to and it was hard to see what I had.
Then I designed a pattern to cut with the X-Carve.
A little bit of sandpaper cleaned up any rough edges.
Four pocket holes (two in each side) in the bottom of each shelf. This was my first time drilling pocket holes and learning to use the Kreg Jig. I discovered that if you don’t tighten the collar down enough on the drill bit, it will slide, causing the holes to be deeper than you intended and you will have to drill knew holes everywhere. So I got to practice making a lot of pocket holes 🙂
Build the outside of the shelf unit by attaching one of the shelf pieces to one of the side pieces. I used a corner clamp to try to hold it tight for me.
Repeat on the 4 corners.
Add shelves and top backing pieces. Between the top two shelves I put a piece of the 1×6 on the back so I could drill through it and mount it to my cabinet. You can see I ultimately decided to not put the plywood backing on the shelves, like the original plans has.
My shelf distances were thee of them at 5.5, then 8 and 10 inches. That way I’d have some room for a few of my taller items.
Paint/ touch up paint and top coat. I used DecoArt satin varnish.
Hang. Holding the shelves up to the side of the cabinet we drilled with 1/4 inch bit all the way through the backing piece and the cabinet. Then we secured it with 1/4 inch bolt, nut and washers. That thing isn’t going anywhere.
Finally I added all my paint and I love the way it looks!
Do you need some craft storage ideas? These DIY shelves just might be your answer!