May 16, 2010

Vintage Spice Rack Tutorial




I bought this vintage spice rack a couple of weeks ago at one of my favorite local antique malls.  It wasn’t expensive at all and they are easy to find.   In fact, every flea market/ thrift store/ antique mall in Alabama has one of these spice racks!!!!

The rack came in the standard dark stain color.  I immediately primed and painted the rack and washed the jars. Then I stared at them for two weeks! 

One day while I was chasing rabbits (aka blog link hopping) I discovered a beautiful and fun blog called “Eat Drink Chic”.  Low and behold,  Amy had a tutorial on aging spice labels!  I love when things like that happens – I guess it was happenstance!

You can find the tutorial here: DIY Vintage Herb Spice Bottles.   Her blog is full of great ideas and inspiration.  Expect to stay a while.

{Martha Stewart also has some cute spice labels here.}


Here are my before and after photos.


I forgot to take a picture before I painted it…

I am always in a hurry to get started!


I can’t decide if I am going to keep it or put it in my Etsy store.

“The Shop @ Blue Creek Home


 I followed the directions for aging the labels, but I used tea instead of coffee.


I did my standard paint finish on the rack - minus the crackles.


This week I am linking to:


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I have several small projects going.  Hopefully, it won’t be long before I can share them.  



  1. Bonjour Rhonda,
    Great idea, I'm always looking for new pretty ways to display my spices. Hope little Mason and nesw Mommy are doing well.
    Wishing you a good week,

  2. Rhonda...this is darling! I love the labels...they are the perfect touch!

    I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!


  3. For some reason I am having problems leaving comments on your blog lately. I love computers, but they sure can be fusterating sometimes (the same as cars-love them until they break down!). Anyway, I want to let you know I just love your spice rack! It is super cute. The labels, the distressed wood, it's all beautiful! I'm going to check out those links you left after I'm done here.
    I also loved your post showing the deer in a field of wildflowers. It doesn't get any better than that for me!

  4. I love it! Need to keep my eye out for one of these.

  5. Love it, Rhonda! You did a great job painting it ~ the cherub at the top is great. I've read a post or two about using these for craft supplies, too. Seems like a good idea for storage of glitter and beads {and those little things}. I may have to look for something like this.

  6. Rhonda, I love your spice rack!!! You did a wonderful job painting it! Thanks for sharing. hugs~~~Daphne

  7. Tres charming -- it looks quite authentically old. Jane F

  8. how did you make the labels? they are so cute.

  9. Great job! The labels turned out great.
    ♥ Toni

  10. Rhonda I love your wonderfully aged spice rack! Great job!

    Kat :)

  11. Rhonda,
    I luv your spice's was just the perfect timing for me to see this beautiful rack. Last week I found some cute milk glass spice jars and now I'm looking for a rack...thanks for info on the labels...I have been looking around for some to add to my new jars. I hope to post about mine soon...I sure hope mine look as beautiful as yours!


  12. That is SO cute & reminds me of the spice rack I did a couple of months ago. I did black & my labels aren't nearly as fancy or cute as yours, but I love it too. Great job!!

  13. Looks great! We actually need a spice rack desperately, I may have to follow your lead!

  14. Very pretty! I could see this also redone with beads in the bottles, or pearls for a French boudoir feel with shabby labels. Loving it!

  15. I love your spice rack, especially the paint job that you did on it! And the labels go so perfectly. This is so much prettier than just shoving the jars in the cabinet, like I do!

  16. This is great!! Love the cherub!! And the labels are perfect!

    Lou Cinda :)

  17. Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for visiting today! LOVE the spice rack!

  18. Rhonda, that transformation is amazing. Looks like they have been that way for years!

    I love the deer photos! The wildflowers are a perfect backdrop. BEAUTIFUL!

    Glad to hear Alex and Mason are doing well. There is something about a grandchild that changes everything! ;) And, yep... pacing... it's all about pacing ourselves. Thanks for your kind words. Have a great week! ~ Tanna

  19. Rhonda -

    This is darling! What a great transformation. I would be tempted to make one for the bathroom as well and label the spice jars for different scented bath salts.

    Your Friend,

  20. Just too darned cute! It makes me want to go find a spice rack. Another great job, Rhonda.

  21. Oh I love it! Where did you get the cherub image on it? Gorgeous!!!

  22. Ack!!! Love this!! I am currently working on a spice rack that I bought on clearance and needing ideas for my labels. Thanks!!


  23. Rhonda-
    You did a great job.
    A million years ago I think I had a spice rack like that that I used in its original state- it was all the rage.

    Come by if you have time- I am having a thank you giveaway.

    White Spray Paint

  24. Hello Rhonda! The spice rack is to die for! I am a new follower and I LOVE your ETSY shop.

  25. Rhonda, I love how you made the jars look vintage. Very cute spice rack.

  26. Hi Rhonda,

    I am an avid fan collector of spice racks. And this vintage spice rack you presented on your blog. I want them for my collection!

  27. That is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time. I am totally inspired to do this project!


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