Monday, February 28, 2011

Fresh Start for a Vintage Spice Rack

I liked this little spice rack - especially the bottles it held!  I had a plan in mind for the clear glass gems with their little stoppers. Well worth the $2 I spent on the set at a yard sale.  So the bottles found new uses, while the wooden rack got tossed in my stash of future projects.  That was 2 years ago...or maybe 3.  It caught my eye when I was rummaging through the stash last week and I decided its time had come.
The rack was shabby/shoddy for sure.  Besides the expected scratches and dull finish from years of use, one of the wooden slats across the back was scotch-taped on. Lovely. and there was a small hunk of wood missing from one corner of the tiny drawer.
A good cleaning, sanding and wipe down, along with wood glue and a couple of tiny brads to replace the tape, and it was ready to paint.

I used Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze spray paint - the perfect backdrop to the pure white milk glass spice jars I had kept from another spice rack project.  My original plan was to distress and antique...but the freshness of the blue just deserved to be left as is.  The antique-look can come naturally over time, or by design at some point in the future if I change my mind.
I love that little drawer at the bottom!  It's the perfect size to hold small items like matches or keys.  I couldn't resist adding a surprise pop of color to the bottom of it with some scrapbook paper.  Fun!  And I estimate my total cost at maybe $5...$2 for the rack (yard sale) + $2 worth of spray paint + a few cents for the costs of the scrapbook paper, sandpaper, brads and glue.

Maybe spring lurking right around the corner is another reason to keep this piece fresh, bright and shiny as a new remind me spring with all its new beauty will replace winter blahs and cold soon.

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Kindra-At Home With K said...

Hi Teresa! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today! I love makeovers like this. It's amazing what paint can do! I'll have to look out for that color. So pretty. Oh and I like your scrapbook lined drawer as well. :)

JunkinJane said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, junkinjane! you are right it was a TV! Love the color of the spice rack!

Tonya said...

Hi Teresa! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you get to make some yellow ware eggs. I'm a follower now so please share if you do. Love the spice rack makeover. A little paint definitely goes a long way to making things beautiful.

Have a great day!

Amanda said...

You chose such a wonderful colour of paint, really gives it a wonderful pop! I'm also a gret one for lining draws with scrapbook papaer, such a simple yet effective solution.

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