I know that many, many artist’s have Ikea’s Raskog cart as part of their studio essentials. I use mine to store my paint so that I can wheel it to wherever I am working. This week, during a much needed cleaning spree, I decided to get my paints more organized. Specifically, I was using the top shelf of the cart for my fluid acrylics, and the second shelf for my tubes of heavy body acrylics, which were a jumble that I had to sort through every time I needed some paint. That is a waste of valuable painting time!
I decided to make myself a divider so that there would be eight sections to sort my paint into by color. It only took a few minutes, making me wonder why I hadn’t done this sooner!
All you need is some heavy cardboard, a ruler and scissors or a mat knife.
- Cut one piece of cardboard 3 x 16 inches. This will go down the middle of the cart long ways.
- Cut three pieces of cardboard 3 x 11 3/4 inches. These will be the side to side dividers.
- In the first piece, cut two inch notches every 4 inches.
- In the other three pieces, cut one two inch notch in the middle (about 5 5/8 inch)
5. With the notches facing up on the middle piece, and down on the side to side pieces, slide your cardboard strips together to look like this:
6. I had to do a little trimming, but make sure that the pieces fit snugly in the tray,
7. Fill with paint! I sorted them into:
- oranges and pinks
one one side, and on the other:
I love it! I still haven’t decided if I need to add labels on the outside of the cart for quick reference, but that will be easy to add later if I decide to.
So beautiful and inviting! And there is so much more room! Ahhhh, sometimes it is the little things that make life so much nicer!