A Spicy Rack: Vintage Crate Spice Rack from Alison

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A Spicy Rack: Vintage Crate Spice Rack from Alisonby househomeon.A Spicy Rack: Vintage Crate Spice Rack from AlisonI’ll be honest, my misfortune is your gain! I was diligently working on a project this past weekend that simply WAS. NOT. WORKING. OUT. and I was freaking out about what to post today. I kinda looked like this: So, with a frantic text to my sisters, I made a judgment call to post something […]

I’ll be honest, my misfortune is your gain! I was diligently working on a project this past weekend that simply WAS. NOT. WORKING. OUT. and I was freaking out about what to post today. I kinda looked like this:

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So, with a frantic text to my sisters, I made a judgment call to post something I did quite a while ago and posted about on my personal blog, but it’s probably one of my all-time favorite projects. So, if you caught it a while ago, enjoy it again. If you’re new to me, I hope you like it!!

I had been OBSESSED with this spice rack from Nine Red that Jesse made from vintage coke crates he found on the side of the road.

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OBSESSED. Especially because our spice cabinet looks like this:

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Gross. I can’t find anything, have no idea what we have, and when I venture in there, I find 3 bottles of the same spice because we re-buy things without knowing that we have it. I wanted something gorgeous like what Jesse made filled with our most-used spices. So, I bought a vintage crate off of Ebay (after looking all over the place and finding one at a decent price ($30 with shipping). I’ve seen them cheaper at thrift stores, but never when I needed one, of course.

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I liked the teal that Jesse did on his, but I also am in love with yellow so I got out my handy Glidden Paint Deck and matched the yellow from my frame currently covered in heart garland and got a small sample to paint the front parts of the dividers. For painting, I just used a little foam brush (like 50 cents at Michaels) and did two coats. The shape of the lip of the dividers makes it very easy to just paint the front and not the insides.

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Next step was getting the glass jars. I copied Jesse completely took Jesse’s advice on this one and ordered 24 jars from Sunburst to start putting my spices in.

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Once they came in, I had my husband (the cook of the family) pick our 24 most used spices.

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He picked the ones that he uses the most and a few that are just awesome looking. I went to Michael’s and picked out some labels and labeled each bottle. They’ll sit in alphabetical order, but just in case we need a little assistance, I think the labels work well.

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As for where to put it, there’s a perfectly spaced area right above the sink that was begging for some attention, so I was happy to provide.

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And to make sure they all don’t fall off when the nearby train goes by, we put little furniture tacks on the bottom to make the bottom stick out just barely more than the top, so it technically leans just slightly back, holding in all the bottles.

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Love love love it. Thank you Jesse for the amazing inspiration!! Let’s see the before and after, shall we?

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Since posting this project (which hung in our house like this TWO houses ago — yes, we’ve moved 8 times in 8 years–and now sits on our kitchen counter), I’ve purchased another crate to fill up with spices! I’m also going to change the labels so it’s easier to see what they are. I don’t want to cover up the spices, but we both hate randomly pulling out things to ensure it’s the right kind of chili powder.

How do you display your spices? Ever finish a project and do it all over again years later??

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