Repurposed CD Tower for Craft Paint Storage

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Don’t throw out that old CD Tower just yet! Turn it into chic storage for all of that paint you have lying around with this easy repurposed craft paint storage DIY.

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For this month’s Thrift Store Challenge, I may have cheated just a tiny bit. My CD tower didn’t come from a thrift store, rather it’s been sitting in a closet begging to be repurposed into something new. While mine may not have come from a thrift store, there are plenty of these CD towers to choose from at any given resale shop so you can recreate this project with ease.

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  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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  • There’s no budget to stick to.

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Repurposed CD Tower for Craft Paint Storage

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This really has been one of the easiest thrift store upcycles I’ve done in a long time!  This poor CD tower has been with me since I was a teen, as evidenced by all of my punk rock/teen angst cds that decorated it. I have been meaning to get rid of it, but just never got around to doing so.

When I was in a purging and organizing mood a few weeks ago, I finally got it out of the closet it’s been living in since we moved here. I set it and all of the cds in my “donate” pile and quickly moved on. Later that day, I was pulling my hair out trying to come up with a better solution to my craft paint storage. I had everything in white photo boxes, sitting on a bookshelf. While it looked neat and tidy, it was a nightmare trying to figure out which color I needed was in which box. Plus, I had some that didn’t fit in the boxes, and it was next to impossible to tell the colors when I opened the boxes.

Then it dawned on me that maybe I could repurpose that CD tower into a new craft paint storage solution where I could see all of the colors I had at a glance.

I quickly emptied out all of those CDs and tried out a few bottles of paint to make sure they would fit. It was the perfect solution!

It just so happened to be pretty nice out the next day, so I decided to give my new craft paint storage tower a few coats of my favorite spray paint in semi-gloss white. I used white so the craft paint would stand out. It took 4 coats of the white to fully cover all the original black. It was a little more difficult to get the inside completely covered, but that’s hidden by the craft paint.

My CD tower also happened to have these slits in the back, and my husband pointed out that I should think about covering those incase some paint happens to drip out. It’s like he knows just how messy I am with any kind of paint. All I did to cover those holes was use some white Gorilla Tape. It blends in, and I know that no paint would leak around it. Plus it will be easy to replace the tape if paint does leak out.

Once that was done all I had left to do was sort all of my craft paint by color. I also chose to put a few bottles of specialty paint I had in there as well, like a few colors of milk paint and pickling wash. You can see that I still have some space left. That means I need to get more paint colors right!?

I also happen to have some premium acrylic paint from Deco Art that isn’t in your standard 2 oz bottle. For those I think I may put some clear command hooks on the sides of the tower to hang the paint. Or I may just leave it as it is. Only time will tell!

I only wish all of my Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint would fit in it, but those photo boxes are actually the perfect size for those for now. Someday I’ll come up with a better solution!

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  1. This is such a clever idea! Those old cd towers are everywhere gathering dust most likely. Using it for craft paint storage is a good solution for storage and a great way to give it new life. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle, Amanda. I’ll be featuring this at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you there!

  2. This is ingenious! Love repurposing and this is a good one…don’t we all have old cd towers?? yikes! Thanks so much for sharing with us for our Friday Friends Parade. We hope you’ll try to join us each week. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  3. This is such a great idea! My paints are all in a tub and I have to dig through them all to find the color I want. Thank you for sharing with us on Party in Your PJ’s!

  4. This is so great and the perfect up-cycle. I may have to look for a cd tower at the thrift store next time I am there. They almost always have one. I love the white. Is it easy to get the colors on the bottom out and back in?

    1. This CD tower it’s pretty easy getting the paint in and out. I think because when I take one bottle out, the way I have it staggered, the bottles on top don’t slide down. Don’t know if that makes sense or not lol. I’m also thinking I may slide some craft poplar in the slots to make little shelves.

  5. What a great way to reuse the cd tower & to organize your paint. My paint is also in a box & it is a pain, it makes more of a mess to find a color before even starting a project.

    1. Thank you Fonda! Yes I actually did use a CD case as a shelf, but then decided I didn’t need it. I’m thinking about adding some craft poplar to it for shelves if I need the extra separation!

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