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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Where to put paintings while they dry

On another blog, we were discussing how to store paintings while they dry, and I thought I'd post some pics of what I did. It's not an original idea, so I can't take credit for it. But it sure comes in handy.

I went to the local big box hardware store and bought a few lengths of something that looks like this:

Sorry I can't tell you what they're called, but they're in the same section as the molding. It's about 4 inches wide and has grooves in it.

This is what they look like up. As you can see, the paintings have a tendency to stay there long after they're dry, as I'm also out of storage space.

I used super heavy-duty sheetrock anchors and hardware, but you can see in the last photo, the weight of hardboard will make the end bend. I should have more hardware there at the end of the little shelf.


  1. Hey Monica I see your white pine! Looks pretty! I love your shelf system. How cool! Next trip to Lowes or Home Depot I'm getting a few of those boards! Thanks you for posting on this! Bravo!

  2. Thanks, M.A.! My only regret is that I did not get wider shelves, LOL. Not sure if there is a 6 or 8 inch wide variety, but you may want to look.

  3. Thanks again for the tip to look around to see what sizes are in the store.