Advice Needed

 

Just like everyone else, I am always looking for attractive storage solutions. Over Christmas break, I cleaned out and reorganized my project supplies, paint and tools, once again trying to keep them together in one location( How many times have I done this). Since my laundry room is in my basement, it’s a pretty good size and I recently made some upgrades including installing a large utility sink and removing the old vinyl floor and painting the concrete( more to come on that in a later post).

However, I’m still coming up short for storage.  I’m planning to use pegboard for my tools and brushes. Something like this

3094_012508_pegboard_l source Martha Stewart

But I still need shelving for my numerous cans of paint. And since it is my laundry room, and I spend a fair amount of time in there, I would like it to be pleasant to look at, at least not unattractive. Industrial shelving makes sense, it’s easy and affordable. Is there a way to make it look not so,… well, industrial, utilitarian?

Iron-Horse-Riveted-Steel-5-shelf-Shelving-Unit-L13565570source OverStock.com

So I’m asking all of you DIYer’s, Painters, and Crafters out there for suggestions. I’m open to anything as long as it is budget minded, practical and easy on the eyes. What organization, storage system do you use?

I have to say after I saw this idea on Pinterest, I’ve had a hard time getting it out of my mind. I mean really, how expensive can brass plating be? ( I don’t think I want to know).

Pinterest source Pinterest

Brass Shelvingsource Pinterest

27 Comments

Mary N

We just put up a section of IKEA Gorm shelving units in our basement, and I love them. They come in many configurations/lengths, were really easy to assemble (compared to other units we have used in the past), and were inexpensive. Two things to know: I saw recommendations that you look for the wood shelves that are not sourced in Russia (some feel that the wood was inferior), and know that the metal pegs you need to assemble them are tucked in the end piece, not in a plastic bag in the package like most small pieces usually are. Because the shelves are wood (pine), I imagine you would be able to paint them any color you like! http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99903632/

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Mary,
Great information and I appreciate the extra tips. I’m hopping over to the Ikea website to take a look.Thanks so much,
Leslie xxoo

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Odile Kerester

Hi Leslie,
I was going to suggest the same thing. Solid pine shelves from IKEA that you put together yourself. I’ve had mine for ten years or more in my walk in closet and had to cut them down to fit the height (slanted roof). They’ve held up well. Just make sure to attach them to the wall with the X brackets that usually come with them.

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Leslie Stocker

Thanks Odile,
Thanks for the recommendation and the info about attaching them to the wall. Great safety tip,
Leslie xxoo

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Shelley Cristofani

I LOVE those brass shelves!!!!! I’m on the search now! I’ll let you know when & if I find them.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Shelley,
I love them too and if you find a source please let me know:)
Thanks,
Leslie xxoo

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Beckie Stanevich

The brass is far more attractive than a standard industrial shelving unit – no question! In my mind, the question would not be how expensive would it be. The question would be, “How do I keep all that brass nice and shiny????”

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Beckie,
You are so right, it doesn’t seem very practical and probably way too expensive but what a beautiful idea for storage.
Thanks for commenting,
Leslie xxoo

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Andrea Leppert

Hi Leslie – I just cleaned out my craft room and needed more storage. I purchased the Ivar pine shelving units from Ikea. I chose them because they were deep (20 inches) and I could paint them. I just finished painting them Annie Sloan Old White. They are really pretty! Good luck on your project. I can’t wait to see the outcome.
Andrea

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Andrea,
Thanks so much for the feedback. You are the 8th person who has recommended the Ivar shelving from ikea so I am definitely going to check it out.
I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Debra,
I agree with you and I will probably end up doing it. Thanks,
Leslie xxoo

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TKraft Art & Interiors

I’m a big fan of checking out Habitat REstore for used shelving I’ve had good luck getting a lot of storage shelving for my studio space and workshop. Also IKEA wood white painted bookcase hold a ton of paint cans I have those as well. I just converted a wall mounted TV cabinet into a paint can storage unit. Close the doors and voila out of sight.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Tkraft Art & Interiors,
I always forget about the Restore although I’ve always had good luck there and their prices cannot be beat. I’ll check it out. I’ve also had so many readers mention IKEA. There isn’t one in Louisville but I know they ship most things although I think there shipping is a little high. We’ll see what I can work out. Thanks for the suggestions.
Cheers, Leslie xxoo

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Leslie Stocker

Thanks Maureen for connecting me with that post at Honey Sweet Home blogspot, it is so helpful. I’ll be posting about this once I finish working on my laundry room:)
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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Maureen

My pleasure Leslie! I reread her post after I had written my first comment and thought I should bring to your attention ….. The author, samaa, updated that she ended up using gold leaf as she wasn’t happy with the finish! I guess it may be the quality of spray paint. Just thought you should know before you paint if this is the path you choose ;0)
I’m looking forward to the finished product.

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Leslie Stocker

Thanks Maureen!
I totally missed that and actually, now that I think of it, it seems a little too much just to hold paint in my laundry room. Just getting my supplies off the floor will be a huge improvement. So glad you caught that.
Cheers, Leslie xxoo

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bobbie

Hi Leslie.
How about using that copper color from Rustoleum on some cheap shelving units that you find! i have seen some things done with this spray and it looks amazing. All you would need to do was tape and cover the shelves and spray the bars. AND if you want to get really funky…you could get pallet board and cover the plain black shelves and then spray the copper color on metal parts and even use a white wash on the pallets. Can’t wait to see what u do!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Bobbie,
Thats a great idea. I didn’t even think about Rustoleum Copper. I love the other Rustoleum Metallics, they are far superior to Krylon’s. You will see what I do in a post later on. Thanks so much for commenting!
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Rhonda,
I really admire Ana Whites work, she is amazingly talented. I try to stay away from projects involving saws because I always seem to cut myself, nothing serious, but I must be very clumsy.
If I stick to painting, I know i can avoid any injuries. Thanks for taking the time to comment and it is a terrific idea:)
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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Ms. B

From everyone’s comments, I’ll probably be the least favorite, but in setting up my garage workshop, I used heavy duty plastic shelving 36″ deep found at Home Depot. They came in an off white, and work for me. Anyway, good luck with whatever you choose to do. With your talent, it’ll look great and serve your purpose no matter what.

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Leslie Stocker

Ms B,
I am a huge Home Depot shopper, they always have a great selection and they are so helpful. Just keeping all my supplies in one room will be a major improvement. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m hoping to have a follow up post soon.
Cheers, Leslie xxoo

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Nina

You should look into Metal Effects by modernmasters.com. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Nina,
You are so right, MM are on my list of new products to try. Thanks for the suggestion:)
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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the other robin

I would probably get those industrial shelves and make them special. I might do a painted copper-with-verdigris-patina thing on the metal, and cover the wood shelves with paper or fabric (maps are really popular right now). You could even use the same paper/fabric from the shelves on your pegboard to tie everything together. Just poke the holes before you decoupage over the top. Fun!

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