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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18 Responses to “Week of Kitchen Renovations: Storage and Organization”

  1. #
    Becca — January 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Love those cabinet shelves! They look like a great space saver. I’ll have to look into those.

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    Anne — January 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    You have so many great solutions!! I’m RUNNING to Bed Bath and Beyond for the plastic bag holder–ours are just free under the sink!!

  3. #
    Jen — January 6, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Anne – it really is great and not to $$ either!

  4. #
    shadow_elan — January 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I’m pretty sure you’ve talked about them before but can you please tell us where you got those neat spice bottles for your sugars? I LOVE them!!!

  5. #
    Jen — January 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Shadow – They are part of Pottery Barn’s Daily System. The post coming tomorrow will actually go through how we made the shelf and include a link to the spice jars themselves.

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    stephchows — January 6, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    the spice jars are so cool!! Can’t wait to see more about them 🙂 I love how vibrant all the colors are!

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    nutmegnanny — January 6, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Great organizing! I’m always trying to figure out how I’m going to fit all my stuff in my kitchen. Thanks for the tips! BTW love those spice jars…so cute!

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    bcallegra — January 7, 2010 at 12:52 am

    I’ll add my admiration of the spice jars as well – what a great way to keep them dry and organized while adding color to your kitchen!

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    shadow_elan — January 7, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Thanks for the info about the spice jars! They’re actually $10 off right now too, so you get 15 jars for $19!!!

    …I might have bought two sets… 🙂

    Can’t wait to see how you guys set up your shelf.

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    Kat — January 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Great ideas! I also love the plastic bag holder among other items. Looking forward to the post on the spice containers.

  11. #
    Jen — January 7, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Hopefully Hubby doesn’t hear the price went down so much. He about had a heart attack when I told him I was spending $120 on spice jars!

  12. #
    jenshowme — January 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    How is the towel made so it can hung by a loop?

  13. #
    gaga — January 27, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I love love loooove what you’ve done with your kitchen. It’s so functional and looks fantastic. I’m definitely stealing some of your ideas and incorporating them into my kitchen. Thanks!

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    Jen — January 27, 2010 at 2:21 am

    jenshowme – this is the paper towel holder. It’s a bar that gets attached on one side and has an arm sticking out that the paper towel goes onto.

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    Use tiered cosmetic cases!
    They’re absolutely great. You can compartmentalize your things easily everything stays together. =)

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