Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DIY Chalkboard Spice Rack

I know, you are probably expecting a recap of Food Blog Forum and Disney World right now...

I am actually just now driving home from the big long trip, so I apologize if it takes me a bit longer to get my recap post up. But I will. I promise :)

In the meantime, I wanted to tell you about how I DIY'd my spice rack!

I didnt expect to be doing a post about this, so I didnt think ahead of time to take before pictures, or in the process pictures.

I know, I am kicking myself for doing it, and next time I DIY something, I promise to be better at that ;)

I thought I would show you a pull back shot of my kitchen too.

Im kind of in love with it! I have made a few updates to the kitchen since I took these pictures, to make it feel a little bit more "me", but nothing huge.

And there is sweet Plumelope hanging out ready for her next job (yes I did name my stand mixer, and yes she is my best friend).

There are lots of things that I would love to change about this kitchen, but since we are just renting... I can only do so much.

I have had this spice rack since way before I even got married (which is almost 3 years now), and as much as I don't like it, I also don't want to spend a ton of money on buying a new one.

So I went the DIY route :)

Again, I really apologize for the lack of process pictures, and I had a hard time even finding the spice rack online (really shows you how old it is), but this one is the closest I could find of what the tops of the jars looked like prior to painting.

They were silver on the sides with black tops, and the black part had names of spices already on there. I didnt use a lot of the spices that were already written on there, so I was either playing the game of trying to guess what spice I actually did have in there (the tape just wasnt sticking on the jar - and ICK that's tacky!!), or I had some empty jars and tons of extra spices in the cabinet above.

It wasn't a fun game to play. It was time to get organized!

I went to Michaels and found some chalkboard craft paint for $10 (a little more than I wanted to spend, but it will last me a while), a $3 paint brush set, and a pack of chalkboard markers (close to $20, which was again more than I wanted to spend, but I had a coupon for half off one item). Which reminds me that if you buy these things at Michaels, they almost always have coupons for discounts, so check your email and use them!

The outside of the spice rack was also silver, and once the lids of the jars were all black, the outside just looked weird to me, so I painted that too.

The lids also popped up before, so the lid would stay on but you could still pour the spices out (one side was small holes, and the other was one big hole). I hated this feature, so I was alright with painting the whole thing to where it sealed the lid fully together. If you have a similar spice rack and like the pop-up feature, just paint the tops and try hard not to seal the seams with paint.

I ended up doing two layers of chalkboard paint, letting them dry completely in between, and then waited a day to write on the top with my new spice choice.

The cool thing about the chalkboard markers, is they dry almost instantly, and you only need water to wipe it off, so if you decide to replace a spice with another, it's a very easy fix!!

I am really happy with the way they turned out, and I feel much more organized! No more guessing what spices I am grabbing, or having to go to a bunch of places to find just one spice!

Even though this isn't my favorite spice rack in the world, I love feeling like I put my own touch in my kitchen.

How's that for sticking it to the man?! ;) #totallykidding

I'm kinda diggin' the whole DIY and thrifting thing now too! I found a really pretty old oil bottle at a thrift store, and bought a oil spout from Bed Bath and Beyond, and turned the oil bottle into a dish-washing liquid dispenser (done after the pics above were taken - I'll show you another time!!).

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this little piece of my kitchen, and I hope I gave you the confidence to DIY in your kitchen!

It's fun, really quite easy, and feels good to put more of "you" in your kitchen and house!

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  1. I actually made my own spice rack a couple weeks ago too! Yours is such a cute idea!


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