I tried growing veggies this summer and to my surprise, I had some decent success! As a result of that, I’ve been trying to be more creative in the kitchen. I made a few spices from my hot peppers and also bought new spices for various recipes. Before long, my spice cupboard was out of control! Finding what I wanted was starting to get frustrating, so I decided it was time to get organized!
Scrap Wood Spice Rack
The first thing I did was look for glass spice jars to use for my homemade spices and for the ones I bought in bags. I found some at a local hardware store and picked up a dozen.
I measured the new jars, as well as the average size of the jars I already had. Then I measured the cupboard and headed out to the garage to see what I could find. I found a few pieces that would work perfectly for my plan!
I cut out two end pieces and two shelves using a jigsaw. Because the new jars were a lot shorter, I decided to make the first two rows of spices taller and the top shelf closer to the top of the cabinet.
I made my end piece cuts at 4” high and 3” deep. The overall height would be 8.5” and the shelves 3” deep.
Then I sanded down the pieces with an orbital sander to remove any splinters and also to smooth out any of my rough cuts. I’m not very experienced using a jigsaw so my cuts are far from perfect. Sanding really helped!
Then I screwed my shelves on to the end pieces. I did two screws on each end. I drilled pilot holes first to avoid splitting the wood.
I considered staining the wood, but decided to keep in simple and sprayed it with a clear coat to help protect it.
Then I transferred all my bagged spices and the ones I made into the new jars and labelled them.
Then I put the shelf inside the cupboard and placed all my spices on it.
I really love how organized my spices are now! A couple of the taller jars I placed on their side and slid them under the rack. Everything fits perfectly! It’s almost like I planned it or something. 😉
I didn't spend any money on the shelf and paid $12 for the glass jars. I think that was a pretty good investment for a customized solution! And this simple shelving concept can be tailored to fit any space!