Spicing Up a Spice Rack

It’s been on the to-do list for a while to improve our spice rack situation in the kitchen. We weren’t sure exactly what we were looking for, but none of our local stores had anything particularly inspiring. So, when looking for stylish-yet-affordable home & kitchen items, where better to turn than IKEA?

IKEA GRUNDTAL stainless steel containersAfter wandering around the whole store for about two hours (because how else do you ever do IKEA? There are way too many fun things to look at.) we decided on the SPONTAN magnetic board with about a dozen GRUNDTAL stainless steel containers.

They’re alright on their own, but too many spices look similar to each other, so they had to be labeled. As easy as it would have been to slap a piece of tape on them and scrawl out the name with marker, that of course would not be acceptable. What I did do, however, was not much more difficult.

I hit up the scrapbooking section at Michael’s and grabbed a couple packs of metal bookplates. The clear GRUNDTAL tops are slightly curved, so I gently bent each frame to match the curve. I wanted to be able to change out the spice names if necessary, so I spread a small amount of E6000 glue over three edges of the frame and glued it to the lid, leaving the top edge unglued. Then I slipped in the spice name labels, which were printed on a lightweight cardstock. Voilà, classy-looking spice containers.

scrapbooking bookplate frames & E6000 glue

labeled spices

love how they turned out. This weird little space of empty wall next to the fridge was the perfect place to mount them.

magnetic board with spice containers

I was concerned at first about how safe these would be – would the lids fall off? Will the containers keep sliding down if the magnets weren’t strong enough? But they’re pretty sturdy. The lids have a coarse threading so you can “lock” them, and the magnets are almost too strong, in my opinion. You just have to be a little careful with the powdery spices, to knock them around a bit before opening so they don’t poof everywhere when you pop the lid off. The board looks a little empty for now, and we still have a few stragglers hanging out in the old, boring spice rack, so I see another multi-hour trip to IKEA in the near future.

Unrelated (but it also lives in my kitchen): My grandmother gave me her early-1900s wall phone a while back. It actually works and can receive calls, but not dial out, since its was the era of operators & switchboards. We pay for a landline but have never actually had a house phone (hooray for bundling packages… not really), until we recently got around to hooking this up. Picking up the receiver and speaking into the separate mouthpiece takes a little getting used to, but it’s a great conversation piece.

 antique Kellogg oak wall phone