Since January I’ve been meaning to get my kitchen tidied up. First step- spice drawer organization! This is the messiest drawer and I thought- since the eye likes repetition, I might as well put all my spices into the same containers. And take the time to do it my way- girly and fun!
spice drawer organization
Here’s how my spice drawer looked before- a mess. Random bottles of spices mixed with baggies. No thanks! We can do better! This is a couple of an hour project and makes such a difference!
Is there anything better than opening an organized drawer? I think not 😉
- Spice Jars
- Gold Spray Paint
- Cricut Joy
- Light Pink Permanent Vinyl
- Pattern for Labels
- Cove Molding
- Liquid Nails
step 1- MAKE LABELS
Start by creating the labels. This step is optional since the spice jars I bought come with free labels. I’ll link below to some affordable and super cute spice labels available on Amazon as well.
I wanted custom labels so I cut out white base labels with a cute cut out corner.
We don’t have many spices- we cook pretty simply here. So I made labels for the 10 spices we do have and use all the time.
Also, on Cricut when you do a cursive font, you have to put each letter next to each other. It takes forever. I was given the tip that if you type the letter up in Word or on another program and then insert the word as a photo, it’s much easier to work with.
Next, I cut the vinyl for the words and weeded it out. Aka- I removed all the excess vinyl.
Then, I put transfer paper on top so I could then put the vinyl letters on the white labels.
I’ll be honest- it takes an hour or two for this step. And this last part is my least favorite. I have a hard time getting the words on the labels with the transfer paper. I need to learn a way to make it easier- I’ll keep you posted.
step 2- Spray paint the lids
Next, spray paint the lids on the spice jars gold. I didn’t love the silver, so I use some paint I had on hand to make them a little more fancy. I couldn’t find any jars that came with gold lids, so I customized them.
step 3- customize the drawer
And now, it’s time to use some cove molding to give a designated spot for the spices. I bought 4′ which cost $2.68. Yay for budget friendly projects!
Then I used a miter saw and cut two lengths that fit the exact length of the drawer. Since this is a straight cut, it’s easy!
I cleaned out the drawer really well. The old bottles somehow were always leaking so there were spices everywhere. My vacuum hose cleaned that right up.
Then I tested out the cut cove molding. Can you see how the spice drawer fits perfectly? No more leaking spices! And yes, the drawer closes perfectly!
To install the cove molding, I put a little bit of construction adhesive. Then I put on some painter’s tape to hold them in place while they dried.
One piece of my cove molding was a little rounded (in the back right). I put extra painter’s tape down. That didn’t hold it, but putting some weight on it with my bottle of salt worked perfectly!
Finally, assemble the bottles. Put the spices from the original bottles into the new fancy pants glass bottles! The kit comes with a little funnel to make this a simple project.
The spice bottles I bought came with extra stickers. I placed these on the bottom of the bottle with the expiration date from the original bottle written on the stickers.
Here’s the spice drawer organization all finished up! I LOVE how pretty and feminine the little jars turned out!
The spice bottles line both sides of the drawer with the aluminum foil and baggies in the center. It’s so nice to have everything have a designated space!
Opening this feels so much less chaotic! I love how intentional it feels and how simple it is to find the spice I need.
I believe in the quote by Gretchen Rubin that says “outer order, inner calm.” Simple and clean drawers make for easier prep.
And no more plastic mis matched bottles!
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It looks great! I noticed you have toothpicks in one and would suggest putting matches in another one. You can tape or glue a piece of sand paper to the bottle to start the match with. Handy for you and your B&B guests.
Ashley Wilson says
Thanks Tami! That’s such a great tip. I never would have thought of it!