Week of Kitchen Renovations: Spice Rack

The spice rack that we have serves both function and fashion. Most people who walk in notice it immediately and compliment it. I love that our spices are always at an arm’s reach and that the shelf and spices provide a splash of color in the kitchen. Sometimes it does take a few guesses to find the correct spice, but it’s a fun little game to see who can find the cinnamon first. I’m getting pretty good at it, but still struggle finding the cayenne vs paprika vs chili powder vs smoked paprika. It’s a good thing I wrote on the bottom of the spice jars to indicate which spice is in the jar!

Hubby and I actually got this idea from our old kitchen, as you can see in some of the before pics, there was a white strip of wood on the laminate backsplash. Logistically this is needed because behind that laminate, there is subway tiling. So the shelf is placed where the subway tiling meets the plaster walls. If you didn’t have the shelf, it would look bizarre. Here is a side shot of the shelf to show you what I’m talking about.

The white strip of wood was too small to be anything useful, so we knew that with the kitchen renovation, we wanted to install a shelf that could hold things. We made this shelf one afternoon. I didn’t take and pictures during the process, but hopefully I can fully describe how we did it.

First we headed to the home improvement store and bought some trim pieces. The first piece is just a 1.5″ strip of pine. The second is a piece of trim. It has and half round shape to it’s cross section. I drew a fun little picture to better show what the wood looked like.

The first thing I did was prime the wood and paint the first coat of black paint. Then I sanded the wood down prior to installing the shelf. Hubby pre drilled holes into the flat piece of wood about every 10 inches. Then he screwed that piece of wood onto the wall using 2″ screws. So at that point, we had a flat shelf with visible screw heads showing.

Next we attached the trim piece by holding it such that the flat part of the trim was flush with the flat wood already attached to the wall. This increased the depth of the shelf. Hubby used finishing nails to attach the trim portion of the shelf to the flat part.

Next, we sanded the entire shelf on the top just to ensure that the seam between the flat wood and the trim was not obvious. Lastly, I added another coat of black paint to the entire shelf. At the time, we didn’t have a backsplash and we hadn’t painted the walls, so I could be a bit sloppy with my painting. You can see the seam in this picture because there was some plaster work done after the final paint coat went on.

Now that the shelving was installed, I had to fill the spice jars. I ordered 60 spice jars from Pottery Barn. They weren’t the cheapest spice jars, but they fit perfectly since they have a 2×2″ footprint. I used a Sharpie pen to write on the bottom of each jar prior to filling it. I then used a small spice funnel to fill the spice jars with a variety of spices. Over by the sink, I filled the spice jars with various sprinkles.

I wanted to show off the fun red dual timer that Hubby’s mom got for me for Christmas 2008. I love it!

I hope these instructions make sense, but if you have questions, feel free to email me with questions and I can try to clarify things.

Check out my Week of Kitchen Renovations here.

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19 Responses to “Week of Kitchen Renovations: Spice Rack”

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    Jennifer — January 7, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I LOVE those spice jars! And the storage for it. I wonder if we could do something like that in our kitchen….

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    Julie Q — January 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Before I read the sprinkles comment, I was uber eager to find out what spices you were rocking over the sink! Great idea :)

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    Jeanette — January 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Love the idea! What a great use of the space. Thank you for sharing.

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    Cathy — January 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    your spices were the first thing I noticed when you started showing pics. I love it! I sort mine in alphabetical order, so it’s a little easier for me to find them.

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    Jen — January 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I wanted to alphabetize, but Hubby isn’t the most organized person so I’m not sure how long they would stay organized since he does most of the cooking in the house.

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    carrie1 — January 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    What a great idea! Yesterday when I was looking at the pictures I thought it was tile. (thats the blonde in me) =)

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    Laura — January 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I love it! That is such a neat idea.

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    Ingrid — January 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I LOVE it! I’m intending to “revamp” my kitchen this spring and add a back splash but wasn’t certain what other changes I might want to add. I’m going to show this to my honey and keep this in mind. Thanks!

    Oh, and Happy New Year!
    ~ingrid

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    ~ Kristie — January 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Your renovation posts have me dreaming of updating our kitchen. I absolutely LOVE the backsplash and shelf!

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    Sheltie Girl — January 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    This is a fabulous idea. I love how you color coordinated the different spices across the shelf. It’s very practical and gives your kitchen a very stylish presentation.

    Natalie @ gluten a go go

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    Katie — January 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I love that idea! I looks so great with all of the different colors of the spices and sprinkles. And talk about handy, they are so easy to reach!

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    mamakrystal — January 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Love your kitchen posts…the spice & sprinkles jars are what stands out to me..aside from the backsplash. You have such a cutesy kitchen!!!

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    nutmegnanny — January 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Oh my! I love love love love it!!! I just sent and IM to my boyfriend that said “I want to do this in our kitchen”…haha.

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    Megan — January 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    That is a gorgeous display of spices… I would love to do something like that!

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    lifeandkitchen — January 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I love that idea! The spices add such good color to your kitchen (and extra space, i would guess!).

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    Michelle Rago — January 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you ahead of time for building this in my kitchen when I get my own place.

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    Amanda — January 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    From all your renovation posts…the spice jars are my favorite. I can’t believe there are 60! I wish I could figure out some place to do that!

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    kermiefrg — January 25, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I love your spice display! It must be so convenient to have everything right there whenever you need it. AND it looks fabulous in the room!

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    SpiceRack — April 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Spice Rack
    I’m amazed on the way you created your own spice rack. It really complements your kitchen design, much more it helps in organizing various spices.

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