Painting Wooden Storage

by Lori Craig

Paint your wooden storage to match your craft room or work area.


  • Wooden storage shelf or unit
    (Stamp-n-Storage units shown here)

  • Paint
    (Krylon Acrylic Latex Enamel Gloss Black used here)

  • Foam Roller
    (Shur-line 4" Cabinet & Door roller used here)

  • Painters or masking tape
    (Scotch Blue Painters Tape used here)


  1. Step 1

    Carefully remove individual shelves from storage unit casing. The shelves are tight enough to stay put when in use, but they are not permanently fastened inside the unit. They will slide in and out, without damage. Tape off the interior with painter's tape.

    Tip: Different manufactures will have different production processes. If the exposed surfaces of your storage units are not smooth to touch when you receive them, you will be happier with your end result by lightly sanding before taping off and applying paint. That step wasn't necessary for my units.

  2. Step 2

    Several of the wooden shelves on my punch storage unit were firmly in place, so I chose to tape around those to avoid potential damage to my unit from forced removal.

    Tip: After taping off the inside of unit, use fingernail to apply gentle pressure to tape edges, sealing the edge so that paint won't seep underneath when paint is applied.

  3. Step 3

    Working with foam roller and very thin coats of paint, carefully roll color onto sides and front facing of the storage unit casing. Try to roll the entire surface length each time for smoothest finish, rather than a back-and-forth rocking of the roller. Allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying another coat of paint. (Can recommends 6 hours drying time between coats of paint.)

    Tip: If your wooden storage has a distinguished wood grain that you would prefer to cover up, a light coat of primer before painting will help you achieve desired results.

  4. Step 4

    Allow finished unit to dry 24 hours before replacing individual shelves and filling with paper pretties. I did ask my husband to help me replace the inside shelves. Four hands proved better than two.

    Tip: For additional durability of the paint job, you may consider a clear top-coat sealer before using. Available in spray or brush/roller variations.

  5. Step 5

    Enjoy beautiful wooden storage that compliments your craft room or work space.


  1. If you would like your unit to be painted inside and out, we recommend spray paint for the interior shelves, following paint manufacturer guidelines for thin, even coats with ample dry time between each application. The inside of your actual unit casing would be painted in a very similar manner to the outside. Start with a small foam brush to paint the inside corners, and finish by rolling the inside using the same exterior painting method.

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very helpful tutorial. I hadn't considered painting at all, but I may rethink that seeing how yours look! Thank you.
Rachel Brooks  |  Thu Jul 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Where does one find the wooden units? Thanks!
Diana Goemann  |  Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

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