I spent Sunday afternoon cleaning and organizing my spice cabinet. It didn’t really seem like work.
It all began when I spotted this old spice rack at a thrift store a few weeks ago. Do you see the $5.00 price tag?
It made me think about what my current baking center looked like.
Then I spotted this gem at the Goodwill. (You can also find vintage and antique spice racks and bottles on Ebay.)
While I have plans for the blue spice rack, I gave this one to the Fashionista, minus the bottles, so she could store her acrylic paint in it.
I kept the bottles for my cooking spices since this situation provides no dinner inspiration whatsoever.
I washed all the bottles and removed their labels. For those that had a plastic cap I gave them two coats of spray paint and then let them dry for a week while I went to California.
On Sunday afternoon I happily transferred the contents of uninspiring plastic jars into quaint glass bottles. The funnel got a wipe down after each use so that the spices would not be transferred.
The smaller spice jars seemed to fill the bottles perfectly.
I then gave the interior cupboard a wipe down and covered the back with inexpensive wrapping paper. Afterwards I thought, “Wouldn’t old cookbook pages be adorable?”
There are numerous ways to create new labels. I decided that black chalkboard contact paper would work well for this project. After a visit to several stores with no luck I found that the least expensive online source for chalkboard contact paper was at Amazon. It is somewhat pricey and it also requires that you have a paper punch. You can also buy adorable, ready made labels from bugaboo.
I wonder if you could paint regular contact paper with chalkboard paint. Has anyone tried that?
The beauty of the blackboard contact paper is that it is repositionable. So if you change the contents of the bottles, you can easily change the label. I used a chalkboard pen to write out the spice. It too can be erased away.
Yes, I alphabetize my spices. I even did this when they were in ho hum jars. It just makes it easier to find the right ingredient. That is until someone else rustles around and doesn’t put the jar back in the correct spot. I feel nice today so my perpetrators shall not be named. :)
I am aware that this is…very detail oriented. Feel free to send me this T shirt:
My baking spices received black tops to help keep them separate from the cooking spices. Does anyone else feel joy when looking at sprinkles?
Of course if you spin the lazy susan around you get a real life reality check. :)
But turned around it appears that you can indeed bottle happiness.
I am currently working on some darling bathroom organization and hope to have it finished by Wednesday.
See you then!