I already posted about organizing my pantry by labeling baskets here. I have a really nice, big pantry. But for a few years now (OK, ever since we moved in) I have had a really nice, big, disorganized pantry. I had a shelf that held spices, but you couldn’t see them, so it meant wading through all the spices, usually knocking several on the floor in the process. I don’t enjoy cooking enough to put in the effort required to find spices. So I decided the pantry was going to get organized, and a big part of that was finding a way to display spices where they were off the shelf (freeing up storage space) and were easily accessible. Fortunately I had a free wall for the storage. And that is where the idea for a wall mounted spice rack began.
When we purchased some furniture from Costco, they came packed with these MDF boards on top and bottom. These boards were attached together with roughly one thousand staples, but it was good solid MDF wood. And I knew I wanted to use it for something. I realize that those packing boards do not resemble a spice rack, but in my totally crazy head I decided they were going to be making a spice rack.
So I spent almost two hours pulling out all those annoying staples and in the process broke at least three fingernails. But in the end I had eight long and eight short pieces of wood. And the best part was I didn’t have to use my saw at all for that. The only time I used the saw was to cut some scrap molding. But if I hadn’t decided to pretty this spice rack up, I would not have had to use the miter saw at all!
I placed the pieces on my kitchen table and proceeded to fit them together like a jigsaw puzzle. Then I grabbed several different sizes of spices and used those to determine the height of the shelves. I used a board across the back on the top and the bottom to give the shelf strength. Then I used a nail gun to nail it all together. After that came caulk, to prep it for paint.
At this point I could have just hung it up, but no, I decided it needed crown molding and trim molding. This was borderline silly, but hey I like things to look good. That led to using bead board wallpaper on the sides. Which you really can’t even see. While attaching crown I managed to nail my finger all the way to the bone with my nail gun. So beauty really does have a price.
I added the bead board wallpaper according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When I apply it to cabinets or furniture I like to cut the paper to the exact size before I wet it and apply it. I know that this is not the way people usually do it on walls, but I think it’s so much easier that way. Make sure to soak then fold the wallpaper in on itself (glue sides together). This is called booking and it activates the wallpaper paste. It’s a little slimy and slippery but dries fairly quickly. And that paper is paintable, so it really does end up looking like the real thing.
Once the caulk and wallpaper dried, I painted it.
As far as attaching the spice rack to the wall goes, I used wood screws and a stud finder to make sure it was very secure as it had a lot of weight on it. I then painted the part of the wall that was in the back white to match the shelf and give it more of a built-in sort of look.
After that all I had to do was load in the spices. When you have a messy spice shelf you buy multiples of the same spices because you can never find them when you need them. I was able to combine spices which meant that I actually had less bottles to store at the end of the day.
This is one of those projects that made me wonder what I ever did without it. It was so easy to find what I needed, and it freed up an entire shelf in my pantry.
Have you ever tried to organize spices? I’d love to know what you think about this project and see some of your pantry organization ideas!