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Spice Rack Makeover

It was a fabulous spring weekend here. Well, actually it felt more like summer. Lucky us! 🙂

I’m talking warm breezes and beautiful blue skies, and we couldn’t get enough of being outside.

This warm weather also means that spray painting season has finally arrived. Yay!

vintage wooden spice rack shelf with wrought iron door inserts

My first candidate of the season is this vintage spice rack with the lovely ironwork doors.

I shared this in a thrifted finds post a long time ago.


vintage wooden spice rack

I thrifted this one for $2.

Unlike this other vintage spice rack that I gave a makeover some time ago, which was made of 70s plastic resin, today’s is make of wood.


vintage wooden spice rack

While it’s been waiting for its makeover I’ve been using it in my craft room to store some of my collection of small salt and peppers.

Rationally I know these should probably be hanging in the kitchen, but when I think of doing that it just doesn’t feel right… right now anyway. I spend a lot of time in my craft studio and I love looking at them.

So as long as they’re bringing me joy they’re staying right where they are. Plus some of them just might be used in projects some day.


spray painting a vintage wooden spice rack shelf

I took it outside into the glorious warm sunshine and gave it two light coats of a lovely paint and primer white combo spray paint.


spray painted spice rack makeover

Here’s the before again.


spray painted spice rack makeover

And the after. I love that you can see some of the grain of the wood through the paint.


spray painted spice rack makeover

And here it is with the other spice rack I mentioned earlier.

There’s nothing that a couple of coats of white paint can’t fix, and that’s coming from a girl who does love colour. But I love colour with fresh doses of white here and there. It just makes everything look so fresh.

I’m sure our temps will go back down to seasonal, but we’re loving this warmth while it’s here.

I hope you had a lovely warm weekend too! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.


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    1. Thanks so much Kris. You too!

  1. I just love that rack! Those little drawers! And it really looks like it belongs under the other one. As for weather? AZ, girl! We’ve been in the 80’s for weeks. Occasionally it will “dip down” into the 70’s, then pop up into the 90’s, and settle back into the 80’s. But, our “bad” weather is coming…..summer….temps over 100 every day for 3 months. Then I won’t be crowing about how nice it is here!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I love summer, but not sure I could take those high temps… maybe if it was a dry heat. It’s the humidity that we get here sometimes that gets to me, and it’s not too good for painting projects either.

    1. Thanks Kathleen! Glad to hear it was nice there too. 🙂 We were a little bit spoiled this past weekend as the temps are going down again. It was so nice to be able to spray paint again.

  2. Patricia B says:

    Hey Tuula, we had the same beautiful weekend! I love how the spice rack turned out. The first thing I saw was the wood grain peeking through, I think it was meant to be white all along. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Patricia! I agree with you. White always brings out the best features of whatever you’re painting.

    1. Thanks so much Doreen! Spray paint makes for such a quick and easy makeover. I need one of those every once in a while.

    1. Thanks very much Debbie!

  3. A coat of white made the spice rack quite pretty. I have a few of these awaiting makeovers. I need to follow your lead and get busy! They make great paint racks.

    1. Finally spray painting season has arrived here. I’d almost forgotten how much fun it is! Can’t wait to get more projects done. I keep all my little paints in a large metal spice rack that I found a couple of years ago. It works perfectly.

    1. Thanks Tina! We did enjoy it, and now it’s cooling down again… but the snow is gone so it’s all good. 🙂

  4. I agree! I love a fresh coat of paint on almost anything! It just works. Your two salt and pepper spice racks came out great! We had the same beautiful weather here

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I love white things in rooms with coloured walls. To me it just seems to ground everything.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! It certainly is a cure all, and so easy.

  5. So much better with a fresh coat of light paint. Thanks for linking up your update cabinet with Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks Betsy! I love quick spray paint projects.

  6. I have a vintage spice rack and may have to try this makeover!! Thanks for sharing your creation!

    1. Thanks Candice! It’s really amazing what a little paint can do. 🙂

  7. You are so right about white paint. It makes it look so clean and organized! Good job Tuula!

    1. Thanks Karen! White paint really is a cure all.

  8. It’ s amazing what white paint can do to brighten a piece. Looks like it was made to go under your other spice rack from the beginning!

    1. Thanks Amy! I think white spray paint can save almost anything.

  9. Tulla I love h ow the white completely transforms it and gives it a modern farmhouse feel. We should never underestimate the power of paint. Thank you for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.

    1. Thanks Mary! I’m always amazed at what a coat of paint can do. It really can rescue the ugliest pieces and bring them back to life again.

  10. Much better now with that white paint, it seems lighter. By the way, love your collection of scissors!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks very much Pili! White paint just makes everything better. Those scissors were part of my craft room makeover that I did a little while ago.