DIY Paint Bucket Shelves

Re-decorating can be both expensive and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! More and more people are coming to appreciate the utility of DIY projects in decorating and home furnishings. Shelving can be especially easy and cheap to build for individuals looking for some more storage space and offers a unique opportunity to exercise your creativity. We’ve included an example of paint bucket shelves that is ideal for a child’s room. Here’s what you need!

Supplies and Tools


Ever wonder what to do with all of those leftover paint buckets? Well, now you can finally put them to use by converting them into iStock_000006679050_Largefun and unique shelving! When these buckets are modified safely they are the perfect storage shelves for a child’s room. Other than a bucket you’ll also need a saw, a small piece of wood, screws, a drill, plugs for the wall, and some paint. Keep in mind that you may also need to use a multipurpose or extension ladder if you’re planning on hanging your paint bucket shelves at a point higher than you are comfortable reaching.

Getting Started


Once you’ve acquired your buckets make sure that they’re completely clean of any dust or dried paint. You may also want to scrape off any labels or residue left on the buckets. Next, cut the bucket in half a little below the handle with either a regular or electric saw. Before undertaking this part of the project, make sure that you are comfortable with using the tool and can do so safely. Once the top half of the bucket has been removed, you can paint the outside and/or insideof the buckets with whatever color you choose. There are many types of paints that are compatible with plastic House Made of Toolsfixtures so just make sure you check the label before purchasing your own. Next, put a small piece of wood on the outside of the bottom of the bucket and screw two screws through the inside of the bucket and into the wood. Next screw two holes into the wall at the same interval you used to pierce the wood and line those holes with plugs. Finally, line up the screws with the holes in the wall and screw them the rest of the way in. Now, after only a few brief steps, you’ve got new storage space that cost almost nothing and will add a unique look to any room!

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