The kitchen may still need some organizing, but the spices are all set! Tucked away safe in this metal card catalog, they are as good as gold.
(Please ignore the ugly brown kitchen cabinets. They definitely need a coat of paint… we’re just waiting on the landlord’s approval!)
How’d I fit all them spices in, you ask? Good question!
I bought a twelve-pack of 4-oz. quilted canning jars and just dumped the contents of one spice container in a jar, screwed on the lid, and then wrote on the top in permanent marker. I ended up with a beautiful array of colorful spices!
In retrospect, permanent marker was definitely not the best idea, since they don’t wash off easily. So when a spice runs out (probably in about 6 months to a year, except for essentials like curry and garlic powder), I’ll just have to replace it with the same thing, OR put on one of these snazzy Avery labels I found in my collection of office products.
No, I’m not proud of the fact that I bought so many office supplies at the start of grad school last year that I have no recollection of what I even purchased.
The best thing about these card catalogs is that the back is expandable. That means I can buy another 12 pack of mini jars and almost all of the jars will fit in the drawers. At the moment, I’ve shortened the drawer depth so that the spice jars fit nice and snug without shifting around.
The entire card catalog also fits pretty perfectly on top of the microwave and underneath the kitchen cabinets. It’s like it was meant to be. All the spices I need available whenever I want them!
A few notes about this project… I had a LOT of help. First, I didn’t come up with this idea on my own. I saw the exact same type of metal-card-cabinet-used-as-spice-holder on Young House Love, and oooh boy do I love organizational projects! So I started scouring craigslist for the perfect one, and was just over the moon excited when Joe from Play-Haus Design offered to help me out! He has the most amazing studio in Cleveland where he takes wood and metal and turns the combo into the sleekest home furnishings imaginable!
I’d love to poke around his studio and see what else I can find – everything he makes and sells maintains the perfect balance of industrial qualities while still being warm, homey, and inviting! You can follow his blog here or find him on Twitter here.