My New Open Kitchen Shelf (and Roman Numeral Print Coupon Code)

November 26, 2014 AT 5:51 pm 5 Comments

So, last week I got to show you my dining area makeover.  

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I am REALLY enjoying this space.  It just makes me happy when I walk in the kitchen!

Many of you asked me where we got our new open kitchen shelf.  We’ll we made it, of course!  :)

It was so super easy.  I got the three metal brackets from The Home Depot.  I think they were about seven or eight bucks a piece?

DIY Kitchen Shelf
The shelf is simply a 1x10x8 piece of wood from The Home Depot stained with a Dark Walnut stain.  

DIY Kitchen Shelf
Since we needed the shelf centered over the bench, we weren’t able to attach it to the studs in the wall.   We had to use drywall anchors with the screws.  You install the drywall anchors first, and then attach the bracket to the wall with screws.

DIY Kitchen Shelf
Lastly, we screwed the shelf into the metal brackets.  

I decorated the shelf with items I had around the house.  The aqua bottles I got at Hobby Lobby last year.  The small pitcher was my moms and the large pitcher is from Home Goods.  The Artichaut plate was my mom’s.  She got it at a yard sale years ago.

I love adding real greenery to my decor.  Those adorable little plants were on clearance at Lowe’s for $1.00 each.  Precious!  

DIY Kitchen Shelf
The black mirror was a Goodwill find years ago.  I painted it black for our former laundry/mudroom in our previous home.

DIY Kitchen Shelf
The candle is from Marshall’s.  The wicker tray is from Walmart’s bathroom section.

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Since we had to hang the shelves high enough over the bench so we wouldn’t hit our heads on it when we got up and down, it left a huge, awkward empty space under the shelves.

I already had the frame from Kirkland’s, but hadn’t ever used it before.  

DIY Kitchen Shelf
I printed this scripture printable and placed it in the frame.

It says, “From the fullness of His Grace we have all received one BLESSING after another.  John 1:16″

I thought that was a perfect scripture for the table since we always say our blessing before we eat.

Chalkboard printable
I only had one frame, so I had to put something else in the other empty space.  I had the cutting board/ipad/recipe book holder on my other kitchen shelves.  I recently purchased it at Home Goods, and I love it!

I attached it to the wall, but it needed something more.  The sweet bird plate was a gift from my friend, Layla, last year when she and her husband, Kevin, visited us.  I sat it in the groove part, and it was perfect!  I added a piece of 3M adhesive to the back of the plate to keep it in place.  I know one of my boys would have knocked that plate off if I hadn’t! :)

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The other piece of art that I decorated my space with was this awesome Roman Numeral Print that I recently purchased from Jenna Sue Designs!

It is our wedding anniversary date!  Isn’t that cool?!  I got the wood frame half off at Hobby Lobby.

Roman Numeral Print
Jenna Sue has an AMAZING BLOG, and I love to go to it for inspiration.  (Her kitchen is to DIE for!)  She had one of these Roman Numeral prints in her home, and I knew I had to have one!  Mine is a 16×20, but you can get it smaller if you want. 

Here’s some good news! 

Jenna Sue is offering a 20% off coupon code: BENEATHMYHEART20 for all of my readers!  Woo to the hoo!

That code is valid on anything (except canvas prints) at through the end of the year.

Jenna Sue has more than just Roman Numeral Prints, so visit her shop and check them out! 

Happy Shopping!!!

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5 Reasons I Love My Kitchen Open Shelves

October 6, 2014 AT 4:29 pm 29 Comments


Why I Love my Open Shelves


When we moved in our house four years ago, I knew one of the first rooms I wanted to do a makeover on was our kitchen.


Wasn’t it beautiful?!  Winking smile








I also knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was remove the soffit and upper cabinets and install open shelves.


Now my kitchen looks like this…




I LOVE my open shelves!!


When I shared them on my blog, most readers loved them too.


However, I had some readers not like the idea of open shelves, and that is totally fine.


And every now and then, I get a comment or email asking me if I still like my open shelves, or if they get dirty easily.


Well, I am hear to tell you that almost four years later, I am still in love with my open shelves and here are four reasons why.


1.  All of my dishes are easy to reach.


I love being able to just reach up and grab a dish or cup that I need.  I have the dishes that I use on a daily basis on the bottom open shelf.


There is no time wasted opening and closing doors.  I just grab and go.


2.  The shelves are easy to Decorate.


Open shelves literally decorate themselves.  To me, they look beautiful just full of white dishes, and if that was all I ever wanted to do, that would look great.


But just add a few red dishes to the white ones, and boom, you are ready for Christmas!  Smile



In the spring, I put the red dishes in my pantry, and bring out more springy dishes.




Open shelves look great with baskets on them which makes for a lot of extra storage.  I like to store my linen napkins in my baskets.


3.  My open shelves keep me organized.


Like I said above, I only keep out the dishes that I use the most.  The rest of my dishes that I only use every once and a while or on special occasions are in cabinets in the laundry room off of the kitchen.




I am amazed at how many kitchen items I almost never use!  Open shelves help me keep away the clutter.  When I had cabinets with doors, I would stuff them full of stuff because I knew that no one would really see it, and boy were they a mess!


4.  It makes it easy for guests.


Have you ever been over someone’s house, and you are trying to help out in the kitchen, but all you keep saying is, “Where’s your bowls?”  and “I don’t know where your glasses are?”


Not at my house!  Everything is easy to see and easy to find, and I love that my guests do not have to ask me where everything is.  I hope it makes them feel more comfortable in my home.


5.  They are so easy to clean and the dirt can’t hide!


So, it always seems that the main reason that people don’t like open shelves is because they say they would be hard to keep clean. 


Not true.  Yes, they do get dirty, but not like people think. 




Every couple of months, I just take a cloth and cleaner and wipe them off.  No big deal.



And the good thing is that my shelves look clean all the time, even if they aren’t.   Smile


I also like that my shelves are white, so that when they are dirty, I can see the dirt and get rid of it. I’m glad the dirt isn’t hiding on dark wood cabinets.

So there you have it!   Those are the reasons I am still loving my open shelves.


What are your thoughts about open shelves?

Love ‘em?  Hate ‘em?








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Pantry Coffee Station {#keurig}

November 6, 2013 AT 12:30 am 24 Comments

Well, I’ve given my pantry makeover a new makeover!

Let’s take a look back at what my kitchen pantry looked like the day we moved into our home…

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See the big orange door?  That was my small, dark pantry.  I didn’t like it at all.

So what’s a girl to do?

Well, tear it down, that’s what!

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Okay, so Cy tore it down.  Smile

And I made supper while he did it.

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Is it just me, or is seeing your husband tear a down a wall sexy or what?!

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Once the old pantry was completely gone, I was amazed at how much bigger the kitchen looked!

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Cy built some new cabinets with baskets where the pantry used to be…

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We filled up the rest of the empty wall space with a shallow, wide pantry.

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I have loved this pantry ever since!

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It is so easy to see everything inside the pantry and nothing gets “lost” in the back of it.  It’s also easy to clean.

Even though I have loved this pantry very much, I had to make a couple of changes to it.

Why, you ask?

Because of my new Keurig.  Smile


Recently, I received a new Keurig Vue, and it sat on my kitchen countertop by the fridge.

That’s totally fine, except that my toaster, canisters, blender, mixer, and more was on my countertop too.

I don’t like a cluttered countertop, and I don’t have a lot of counter space.

So I decided I needed to “tweek” my pantry to accommodate my Keurig and my toaster.

Here is what the pantry used to look like…

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And here it is now that I made room for my new Keurig Vue!

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I simply cut the top pantry shelf in half and cut some new boards to create new shelves.


I used my Rockwell Versacut to cut my 1×12 boards for the new shelves.


This tool is the bombdiggity!


It cuts like butta!


I glued and nailed the new shelves in place and installed an power strip with surge protection down the side of the pantry wall for my toaster and Keurig.

Luckily, there was an outlet underneath the bottom shelf of the pantry that I could plug the power strip into.

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I used screw-in hooks above the Keurig machine to hold my coffee cups.

I also got a carousel to hold my Vue cups and placed it on the shelf beneath my Keurig.


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Even though I lost some shelf space, I also gained some shelf space by creating an extra shelf on the top right of the pantry.

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Click on the picture below to see “before and after” pictures of our complete kitchen makeover!


Disclosure:  I received a free Keurig Vue to review on my blog.  I was not told what to do or say.  Everything I shared is 100% Traci-fied. Smile

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DIY {Undermount} Spice Rack

November 3, 2013 AT 9:17 pm 4 Comments

Hey friends!

I hope you had a great weekend!

I wanted to share with you a project that we completed in our kitchen a while back ago. Smile

We created a place underneath my kitchen cabinets for me to store my spices.

DIY spice rack

This project has been a long time coming.  Over a year and a half ago, we created a cookbook holder on the other side of the microwave.

Cook Book holder

Just for fun, do you remember what our kitchen looked like when we bought this house two and a half years ago?

kitchen makeover before

As you can see, we had a soffit above our cabinets that we tore down during our kitchen renovation.

Cy tore down the small pantry to the left of the oven, and raised the cabinets to the top of the ceiling when we installed the microwave.

DIY kitchen shelves

When we finished the kitchen makeover, this side of the kitchen looked like this…

DIY kitchen makeover

We had extra space under the cabinets on each side of the microwave that I knew I would fill up someday.

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I am happy to announce that we finally have both sides finished!

On the left is our cookbook holder…

cook book holder

And now on the right is our spice rack…

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Here’s how we made it:

Cy used his jigsaw to cut out two matching pieces of birch plywood from Lowe’s for the sides of the spice holder.

{I would give you the exact measurements, but everyone’s kitchen cabinets can be different sizes.  If you created this, you would need to measure your cabinets to figure out how big to make your spice rack holder.}

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Then he used wood glue and a nail gun to glue and nail the sides of the holder to the bottom piece.

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Next, he glued and nailed a piece of trim to the bottom of the spice holder.

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diy spice rack


He glued and nailed a matching piece of trim to the top of the holder.

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And then one more piece of trim to the back.

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Next, he glued and nailed the spice rack to the bottom of our kitchen cabinet.

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I filled the seams in with wood filler, sanded them smooth, and then painted them white.

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Next, we began creating the shelves for our spice rack.

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We basically created them like stair steps, gluing and nailing one board on top of the other.

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Don’t forget to check and make sure each board is level.

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Here are the shelves half way through…

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After we had finished each shelf, I used wood filler to fill in the seams.

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Then I sanded and painted the shelves, and they were ready to be used! Smile

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I bought some glass jars at Hobby Lobby {50% off, of course!} and used some chalk board labels to label each jar.

diy spice rack

I love how I have easy access to my spices now when I cook.  I’ve added a few more spice jars since taking these pictures.

diy spice rack

This project only took a couple hours from start to finish and was very inexpensive to create.

Do you have a special way that you store your spices?



See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on Instagram, Pinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!


*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project.  All ideas, instructions, and opinions are completely and totally mine! Smile



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DIY “Wonderful World” Chalkboard Print

October 27, 2013 AT 10:20 pm 16 Comments

Last Friday, I shared with you my kitchen table makeover.


The two most asked questions about that post were “Where did you get the chandelier?” and “Where did you get the Wonderful World print?”

Well, I have two easy answers! Smile

I got the chandelier from Ballard Designs.

Here is the link:

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier

Laurenza 8 Light Chandelier


And I got the print from one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Jennifer, from Dear Lillie.

Dear Lillie

Her home and her decorating taste is to die for!  If for some crazy reason you have never been to her blog, treat yourself and GO TODAY.  You are welcome. Smile


She has the most beautiful chalkboard prints for sale in her shop.

Here is the link to the Wonderful World print…

I Think To Myself 24×36 Chalkboard Download

You can purchase the download for less than $10 and then take it to your local print shop to get it printed.  I sent mine download to Kinkos online and then went and picked it up.

I followed Jennifer’s directions for building the frame, and it was super, duper easy!  All you need is some wood and some screws. Smile

Click on the picture below to see how you can make one too!

I am absolutely in love with my print in my kitchen!  It’s funny how often the boys and I start randomly singing that song now!  Smile


Let me know if you make one too!

Have a blessed day!

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A New Tile Backsplash!

August 7, 2013 AT 11:04 am 4 Comments


Cy recently finished another kitchen project.  A client wanted him to help install a new tile backsplash in their kitchen.

They were doing some of the renovation themselves, and here is a “before” picture after their new countertop was installed…


Cy began removing the old tile, but before he did, he made sure that he had on his 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Holmes Workwear™ Safety Glasses.  He had a pair of clear protective glasses, but we didn’t look near as cool in them as we did in the dark protective glasses. Smile    Players don’t play.

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The tile can easily be removed with a hammer, box knife, and a pry bar, but Cy had to be sure to wear his protective eye wear because bits and pieces of tile can break off and fly in the air.  It is so super important to protect your eyes!

When the tile is removed, it usually damages the dry wall behind it.



So once everything was removed, Cy installed new drywall above the countertop.


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Once the old tile was removed and the new drywall was up, it was time to install the new tile.


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Cy wore his 3m protective eye gear and Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector and AM/FM Stereo Radio while he worked.  For this project, hearing wasn’t a big concern because we didn’t use power tools.  However, Cy likes to wear them to block out any noise during noisier projects and wore them during this project for added safety protection and to listen to music while he was working.

He was trying to cut out the hole where the outlets would go in the wall.

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You have to be super careful with this part.

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Before applying the new tile to the drywall, he spread tile adhesive on the wall with a 1/8 inch V-notch trowel.


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Then he used his grout float to push the individual tiles firmly into the adhesive.  During this process, keep a damp sponge near and wipe off any excess adhesive that pushes through the tile before it dries.

The homeowner was going to grout the tile himself after Cy was finished installing it.

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I stopped back by to get some “after” pictures, and the tile looked beautiful!


The new tile definitely gives their kitchen a more updated look!


And the cutouts around the outlets worked out perfectly!


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This post is a collaboration with 3M™ TEKK Protection™ Brand, but all words and opinions are my own.

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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

July 21, 2013 AT 11:27 pm 72 Comments


Remember back in March, how I told you that one of Cy’s first jobs in his new business was remodeling my brother and SIL’s kitchen in their new home?

Well, he finished it a couple of months ago, but I just now got over to their house to take some “after” pictures!

Sorry for the delay. Smile


But I am so excited to show you Cy’s fabulous work!

Let’s remember what it looked like before….


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And the after!….

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My brother, Blake,  and sister-in-law, Ande, are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

It is amazing how much of a difference was made by painting the kitchen cabinets white!


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He used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the cabinets.

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The oak cabinets completely dated the kitchen…

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But now the cabinets look fresh and current…

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To paint the cabinets, Cy used the Homeright Finish Max Sprayer.

HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer

Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer


You can read about how he painted the cabinets HERE.

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Ande chose to paint the island herself, and Cy installed a new granite counter top on it.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?!  I believe Ande got those stools at IKEA.


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Cy also installed IKEA butcher block counter tops just like the ones in our kitchen.


IKEA butcher block counter tops


I cannot get enough of butcher block counter tops!


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Ande picked out a beautiful stainless steel farmhouse sink for her kitchen.  Cy had to rebuild the cabinet below to make it fit, and it looks great!


IKEA butcher block countertops


Blake and Ande also had the floor refinished, which added even more beauty to this space!

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So there you have it!  What do you think?

Did Cy do a good job?  Smile


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Next week, I am going to show you the makeover he completed on my Aunt and Uncle’s master bathroom.  You won’t believe it!


If you have any questions about the kitchen makeover, feel free to leave it in the comments below.  Thanks!

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Summer Open Shelves in my Kitchen

June 18, 2012 AT 7:00 am 25 Comments



Layla is having a Summer Mantel Party over at her blog, The Lettered Cottage today!

She asked me if I could like up my summer mantel to her party.  Problem is, I don’t have a mantel to decorate.  I have a fireplace, but no mantel.  It DID have a mantel, but it was barely hanging on.  Adam pulled on it one day and the whole thing came down!  Since I want to paint the fireplace sometime, I haven’t done anything with it yet.

Soooo, I told Layla that I couldn’t participate in her party.  And then she said, “Could you decorate your open kitchen shelves?”

Well, yeah, I guess I could!  Layla said her party is for any shelf, ledge, mantel, etc!

So I got together some things around my house and decorated some of my shelves!

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When I think of summertime, I think of LEMONADE!  So I decided to create a lemonade station in the kitchen where the boys can fix themselves a refreshing cup of lemonade at anytime.

I am absolutely in love with these daisy cut mason jar lids!  I wanted to find some fancy striped straws for my pictures, but couldn’t find them in time.

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For the shelves, I placed a brown basket that holds cloth napkins on top, a green pitcher I got from Marshall’s a few years ago, pewter salt and pepper shakers, and a large white serving tray that was my mom’s in the background.

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The green goblets are the ones I got from my Pier One project.  For a touch of yellow, I put some real lemons in a glass hurricane.   It’s hard to see, but I have some dainty fruit cups that were my mom’s stacked on each side of the hurricane.

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For the “FREE Lemonade” sign, I  used a piece of our wood flooring left over from our addition and wrote on it with my Chalk Ink pen.  I also cut out a chalkboard label on my Silhouette machine and wrote “lemonade mix” on it for my glass jar.

I bought some white daisy flowers from Kroger’s for $3.99 and put them in a tin bucket.  They make this space looks so fresh and summery!  Why don’t I buy flowers more often?

I’m very pleased with how it turned out, and it definitely brightened up this side of my kitchen!

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Now hop on over to Layla’s for more summertime inspiration!  I cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Also, the winner of the $50 Home Depot Gift Card giveaway is…

Debra Cheuvront!


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Favorite “Pin” Friday {Kitchen Makeover from 1912 Home}

May 25, 2012 AT 6:00 am 6 Comments

I love when I stumble upon a new blog and find beautiful inspiration.

That’s what happened when I found today’s pin.

Check out this gorgeous kitchen from This Old Church House!  The owners, Stephanie and Dustin, are renovating this 1912 church into their home.

Isn’t it amazing?!

Check out that wood floor…


I absolutely love the pattern they created on their floor.

I also love the open shelves and butcher block counter top.  {wink}

Those high ceilings are amazing, and do you see that transom window in the upper right corner of the pictures?  {Excuse me as I swipe the drool off my chin.}

I can honestly say there is nothing that I dislike about this “pin.”



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11 Creative Ways to Store your Spices

May 3, 2012 AT 10:34 am 18 Comments


Last week, I shared a post with you on Simple Ways to Store Your Cook Books.

Mainly because I had “cook book storage” on the brain.  My hubby just built me an under the cabinet shelf to store my own cook books on. 



He accidentally called the shelf our “menu holder” in the video he took of it.  Could it be because we eat out more than I cook?  Hmmm…


Well, he is currently making me another shelf on the other side of our microwave for my spices.  So I have been looking around the internet to find cute ways to store and display my spices.


I want to share the ideas I found with you today.


This first pictures is so beautiful to me.  Aaaahhh, organization!  (Something of which I have very little of at this point in my life!)

I am particularly loving those pull down bins beneath the spices.  Aren’t they cool?!  This is so DIY do-able!!





Spices in test tubes?  Who would have thunk it?  It’s not really my style, but a cool idea nevertheless.  And I like how they have everything they need on one tray.






Every wander what to do with all those baby food jars?  How about recycling them into spices jars.!  The small size fits perfectly into a drawer, and a little chalkboard paint on the lids makes it easy to label and view.



via FrugalDecorMom



If you have a little open space on a wall in  your kitchen, maybe you could purchase a beautiful stainless steel spice rack?  It’s functional and beautiful.image





Another way to be “green”  is to use upcylced etched glass spice bottles.  Those colorful spices look amazing.


via Instructables



Here is a DIY idea for storing  your spices on the wall. 


via Shelterness


If you like to have your spices hidden and out of sight, why not store them in a drawer or a pull out spice rack?


via Shelterness





via Shelterness



Open shelving in your kitchen is also a great way to store your spices.  You can store them in all different size glass jars with labels.


via OurHomemadeHappy



And for fun, why not display your spices with a chalkboard background.  It’s fresh and funky!


via Shelterness




via Shelterness


Do you have a creative way to store your spices? 

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