Asked on Jan 15, 2015

Looking for ideas for repurposing a (cheap) plastic lazy susan

Audry browne
by Audry browne
I am looking for ideas on how to repurpose an old rubbermaid spice rack (lazy susan). This is the cheap small table top kind.
  31 answers
  • Carole Carole on Jan 15, 2015
    Decoupage and use it as a cake stand?
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jan 15, 2015
    Keep it in the fridge for condiments
  • Becky D Becky D on Jan 15, 2015
    mmm I like that decoupage idea! I've got one of those avocado green ones from the 70's probably? Handy but ugly in color. Could be used anywhere then.
    • Barb in Texas Barb in Texas on Jan 15, 2015
      @Becky D If you don't want to put food directly on them, take them part and spray paint them any color you like. Use glass plates if you do want to use them for food, or even paper doilies.
  • Allyson Karstetter Allyson Karstetter on Jan 15, 2015
    I put it in one of my cupboards and use it as a "lazy susan for spices" its seems to work for me
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    • Cheryl Cheryl on Jan 15, 2015
      truly the classic use is for spices. isn't it? I have the one my mom used when I was a teen and that's what we've both used it for! Fits nicely in the cupboard and has great capacity!
  • J J on Jan 15, 2015
    spray paint it a bright color and put your nail polish on it
  • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Jan 15, 2015
    There are great spray paints for plastic in a big selection of colors...if you want to display things on it, paint to match room decor, special occasions, etc. If you want to use it inside a cabinet, no need to change it. Good for spices, canned goods, anything like that. The above ideas are also good ones. I had one that I took off the support rods and top, and used the bottom for a cake decorating turntable. (much less expensive than the Wilton's turntable). The support rods and top then became the display for a cake topper. Or, you could leave it together, put the cake on top, and some decorations on the bottom.
  • Danielle Marceaux Danielle Marceaux on Jan 15, 2015
    U can pant in then put in in u craft room or u could take it apart and use it on the table for your salt and pepper or u can take it apart and use the bottom and put 4 small cans around the outside and put a coffee can in the middle and use that for u pens or paint brushes
  • Rosalie chow Rosalie chow on Jan 15, 2015
    I had a few and threw them away.
  • Linda Koistinen Linda Koistinen on Jan 15, 2015
    I put them cabinets (for spices), refrigerator, (for condiments), in bathroom closet, (for cleaners, etc.). Makes it easier to get at what you want!
  • Ruth Guenzler Ruth Guenzler on Jan 15, 2015
    If you want it to be seen first paint it. Then it could be used on a buffet table for cookies, I love these for storage for paint in the craft room, when working on a project especially painting they're great to hold the item then you don't get as much paint on your fingers turning the item. You could use them in places where you have plants that you often have to turn because they bend toward the light. It could be used in the garage for storage of small tools. And if nothing else they are great fun for children to put their small cars or animals on and give it a spin. Love these things!
  • Janet Madison Janet Madison on Jan 15, 2015
    I had 3 lazy susans, had huds paint all one color. then stacked on 2 glass candle sticks to make a tower for my sewing room. placed on the counter and used it for organizing my sewing finds.
  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jan 15, 2015
    decoupage or contact paper, let us see it :)
  • Jacki Nino Jacki Nino on Jan 15, 2015
    I put my can's of cat food on mine
  • Orchidmg Orchidmg on Jan 15, 2015
    If you have no need to use it for spices or condiments in the kitchen, you could decorate it with Washi tape and put with your crafts to hold things. Or on a night stand with a plant on top and the bottom shelf is for hand lotions, chapstick, nail file, etc. Or get small containers and organize your jewelry on it for a vanity.
  • Ashley Mann Ashley Mann on Jan 15, 2015
    You could buy a pretty plate and glue it to the top after spray-painting the lazy Susan a matching color. If it comes apart, you could buy 2 plates made from a material that you could drill holes through and cover the bottom level as well...maybe a slightly bigger plate on the bottom.
  • Rosalie chow Rosalie chow on Jan 16, 2015
    If I have known that people like them, I would have kept them and gave them to you. I do a lot of arts and crafts. I do use recycled thing for a lot of my arts and crafts.The reason for not keeping these lazy Susan, it was so greasy and I tried to wash them, but I can still feel the greasy. Now I don't cook fried food anymore.
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  • Trash Find Redesigned Trash Find Redesigned on Jan 16, 2015
    They are great to use for those smaller jars/things in the fridge!
    • Rosie Walsh Rosie Walsh on Jan 16, 2015
      @Trash Find Redesigned I use one in the fridge that I keep on the top shelf, use it for bottles of Asian sauces, etc. Can get right to them. Also recently painted all mine white and have in my revamped pantry. They hold a lot.
  • Rebecca Platt Rebecca Platt on Jan 16, 2015
    I love these. I'm a painter so I use mine for my painting supplies. I save my tin cans and cover them with leftover white embossed wall paper and keep my supplies in them. on the lazy susan. Works really good.
  • Jackie Grissom Jackie Grissom on Jan 16, 2015
    after u paint it, use it for picnics...condiments/plastic forks on the bottom paper plates on top.
  • Mary Rossell Mary Rossell on Jan 16, 2015
    I made mine into a Lazy Susan and then I spray painted it.
  • Patti Patti on Jan 16, 2015
    Krylon plastic paints are great for this. You could glue wood pegs onto it to hold sewing threads so they do not slip.
  • Alys Alys on Jan 16, 2015
    I use one for medications in a kitchen cabinet. I keep all her medications in one place, not in the traditional medicine cabinet. The Lazy Susan is handy for small pill bottles, boxes of antacid, vitamins and the like.
  • Cara B Cara B on Jan 16, 2015
    I use a painted (color to match in the kitchen) lazy susan as a coffee center. It holds mugs and all the coffee additives and sits on the counter next to the coffee pot.
    • Jeanisa Moore Jeanisa Moore on Jan 19, 2015
      @Cara B i like this idea! I keep my supplies in clear jars (coffee, powdered creamer, splenda/sugar). My grandmother left me a beautiful pewter round platter and it sits beside my coffee pot right under the cabinet with the mugs. But, for people that do not have that option of putting it on something pretty, the Lazy Susan is a GREAT IDEA!
  • Sharon Kelly Sharon Kelly on Jan 17, 2015
    Put meds on it!
  • Kathy Paul Kathy Paul on Jan 17, 2015
    Paint it with chalkboard paint ...and do chalk lines where everything goes ..this would be great for kids helping put away pantry items in the kitchen.
  • Mary Tonningsen Mary Tonningsen on Jan 19, 2015
    I put it on the table by the area where I prep the dog's and cat's food - I store their various medications on it (I foster old & sick dogs, so there are always lots of meds!) It helps to keep things handy and easy to remember to dispense them with the food.
  • Diane Daughdrill Diane Daughdrill on Jan 19, 2015
    I re-purposed mine into a thread & bobbin holder using golf tees.
  • Linda Fraser Linda Fraser on Jan 26, 2015
    If you use only the bottom part that spins you can put in on the top shelf inside of your frig to put small jar stuff like pickles jellys etc. Then instead of taking items out to get to a back item just spin to the front.
  • Tonya Tonya on Mar 25, 2015
    I have seen one on a bedroom vanity with perfume, lotion, creams, deodorant, etc. It was convenient and beautiful.
  • Deellia3165 Deellia3165 on Jun 10, 2015
    I use mine for my medications in a cabinet, or medicine closet, I have a couple I use for different "meds"