The Shady Porch: Spice Rack Makeover


Spice Rack Makeover

In a recent (and successful!) thrift store outing, I found a spice rack with large jars/bottles, with blond wooden stoppers, that nested within in a matching blond wooden rack. The rounded stoppers had thin rubber gaskets around the stems to help seal the tops.

Unfortunately, I have misplaced the original (before) pictures, so what you see is after I had started the makeover. Each stopper gasket had, over time, worn and lost much of their sealing function. So, I had to find a way to restore that. Also, the jars had no previous labels to suggest designed use. I wonder even now if this set wouldn't make a great vinegar rack. If you have the cider, red wine, balsamic, and white vinegars and olive oil for making your own dressings, this could be a lovely, dramatic set to display on your counter or kitchen island.

The blond wood looked tired, so, to add some visual punch, I painted the rack and the lids black. As I said, the seals were in bad shape, so I replaced them with some black o-rings. The spice set / dressing set was looking much better.

Now, I wondered about labels for the bottles...what kind to use and which spices, etc? Then I found a tutorial on a blog called Looks Pretty Good To Me, that showed how to use chalkboard paint on jars! It made so much sense...I could change the "label" anytime I wanted to if I used chalkboard paint! So that is exactly what I did and it was so simple. I taped off the areas I wanted to paint and got out my new bottle of Plaid Chalkboard Paint and, in minutes, the visual transformation of my new spice/dressings/whatever rack was done! 

The entire project cost about $7, including purchasing the set, the o-rings, and the chalkboard paint. The paint for the stoppers and the rack I had on hand already. The toughest part was having to wait for the chalkboard paint to cure for 24 hours before using the chalk on it. I just couldn't wait to show you and tell you about this terrific project using chalkboard paint! Check it out and tell me what you think? What would you store in the bottles...any new ideas?

**UPDATE** I allowed the paint to cure and here is the end result. Unfortunately, all I had was fat sidewalk chalk but you get the idea!

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