32 years ago, my mom bought this us this spice rack as a wedding present. She was worried it wasn't big enough or special enough but I assured her it was exactly what I wanted and needed...And it truly has been! It has traveled with us to each and every house we've ever been in. It has been refilled several times over the years - well most of the bottles. Some were of spices I never used. More on that later.
As you can imagine, after 32 years, the little spice rack was feeling its age. The finish was dingy and crackled, the knobs kept coming off, and the bottles needed a refreshing.
|Lovely vintage bottle...cap showing it's age|
I liked the wire in the doors...it reminded me of chicken wire. From that, I decided it looked farmhouse-ish. I begin by cleaning everything really well, emptied all the bottles and set them to soak, and scrubbed the cabinet to get the grunge off.
I painted the cabinet in ASCP Old White (two coats) and lightly distressed it, printed out the words "Herbs" & "Spices" and copied them onto the doors. I used a Sharpie for the letters, sanded them lightly, then gave the whole thing a coat of wax.
For the jars, I spray painted the lids red and made new labels. That about drove me crazy but I finally got them to look like I wanted. I refilled each jar with fresh seasonings - with seasonings I use and tossed the old, unused ones - and placed them on the shelves:
I love how it turned out. My mom would be so pleased to know her gift is still being used and appreciated practically every day. It really was a perfect gift. And now it's good for another 32 years. :o)
|hm, I may have to darken and fill the letters in more|
(In case you're thinking this doesn't look like the farmhouse kitchen, it's not...For now, this is in my city house but it will move with us to be used at the farm.)
Have a wonderful weekend!
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