Thursday, September 6, 2012

Laundry Room Closet and Paint Storage

So, if you've been following along at all, you've probably seen our finished laundry room and the projects that went along with it (here, here, and here.)
Earlier this week I started organizing the drawers.

Today I wanted to focus on the closet .

As you can see from the before picture, this started out as a typical coat closet. However, we are fortunate to have another, larger coat closet in our entry hallway (for another post). So we weren't using this space as anything but a catchall.....before.
So I had my Mr. take out the rod and hang a couple more shelves--utilizing the vertical space.
He then cut leftover pegboard to fit around the shelves.

So what did we put back into the closet?

Gallons upon gallons of paint. It seems that between us and the previous owners, we have accumulated TONS of paint. And because our garage isn't fully insulated it was being kept in our basement storage room--which wasn't at all convenient. The laundry/mudroom is right off of the garage and makes a perfect spot to store and access paint and supplies when we are about to tackle a new project.



The pegboard is for paint sticks and trays


brushes, and rollers.




You may be wondering why we didn't shelve the entire closet. I figured this will also be the perfect place to house our vacuum (when not in use).

We also attached a rod underneath the bottom shelf to hang old towels that we use for painting and other dirty projects.
Here is another Bygel rail with detachable containers from Ikea. (Perfect for holding brushes.)
On the door is a chart I came up with to log all of our paint colors along with the room(s) it was used in, brand, finish, etc. I just fit them into a clear protective sheet and hung it by a removable Command Hook. That way I can take it with me if needed. Easy reference.

Guess what? You can download it for free at the end of the post! :)

To make paint clean-up a little easier as well, we installed a magnetic knife rack to the inside of our laundry room sink. That way once we wash out our brushes, they can hang there to dry. 


And just incase you were wondering what I ended up putting in the baskets in the top of the Expedit. Here it is.
The two middle baskets (Target) are used for overflow paper products, the basket on the left (Ikea) is for light bulb storage, while the basket on the right houses vacuum bags, belts and other accessories.


Download this paint color chart here.





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12 comments:

  1. Great job as usual Susan! I really love the magnetic strip in the sink for brushes to dry and also the pegboard to hang things on the closet walls.

    Just a suggestion...if you find a lot of your paint cans are not full you can store them in other containers to save a ton of space (and preserve the paint longer because the big cans rust). I did a post about how I did this if you want to see the difference: http://fromoverwhelmedtoorganized.blogspot.ca/2012/06/purging-and-storing-leftover-paint.html (sorry...not trying to put in a shameless plug for my blog...just save you space!)

    Thanks for the great printable!

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    1. Hey Hilda! You know we thought about that and figured I'd start buying smaller containers a little at a time. I tried to consolidate the paint as much as possible. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll take a look at your post as well!

      Susan

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    2. I thought you'd probably seen some of those posts but wanted to mention it in case you hadn't. Makes sense to buy a few containers at a time since they can add up (depending what kind of containers you get). Enjoy your laundry room (as much as you can enjoy a laundry room anyway!) :)

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  2. Oooh! I love seeing organization posts! Gets me so inspired :) My paint is a mess - I need to do something like this soon :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  3. Thanks Trish! It definitely helps having everything in one spot. Hope you have a great week! I'll be back to share more soon!
    Susan

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  4. I love this! The paints are taking over a corner of our basement and I always have to dig through to find what I want. I don't have room upstairs, but I could build a closet to put them in. I love the magnetic strip idea too!

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes I was very fortunate to have an "extra closet" so to speak. It really is great having it all in one place and easily accessible. I know exactly what you mean about digging for what I needed. Almost made me want to quit before I had begun. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
      Susan

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  5. Two words to describe your paint storage: Well-organized and beautiful! Is it true that your storage room reflects your personality? I bet it is! My brother has a lot of spray paint (since he’s a guy who loves graffiti) and they’re all cluttered in the basement. Every now and then, rummaging in the basement is his game. Perhaps I’ll show him this post to inspire him to sort out his tin cans. =)

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    1. Thanks so much Ericka! Think you may have made me blush. :) Have a great week!
      Susan

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  6. Wow!I love the pegboard idea and bar with the little red buckets. What great,creative ideas!!!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I have to say it is so nice having all those supplies together. They used to be sort of all over and it was such a hassle getting everything together everytime I wanted to paint---which seems to be a lot!

      Susan

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