Re-purposed Spice Rack

by Suzanne on September 12, 2011


So I was just about to throw this 1990′s spice rack (wedding gift, sniff, sniff) with spices out.  It was sitting on a chair in my mud room on the way out the door when my husband said, “you know you could use that for storing all the sand we have collected at the beaches we’ve been to”.  Then a light bulb went off and I said, “no, I could use it for storing my little crafty stuff”! He didn’t really like that idea, but I did.  Besides the sand we have would only fill up one row, then what? I immediately starting dumping 20 year old spices out and threw the lids and little jars into the dishwasher.  The lids had the names of the spices on them but since it was old they peeled right off in the dishwasher and the bottles came out look sparkling new :).  If you ever run across one of these little gems at a garage sale or flew market now you know what you can use it for.

Some other uses I thought of are:

  • beads for jewelry
  • buttons and sewing supplies
  • screws, nuts and bolts for the hubby
  • cake decorating tips
  • office supplies
  • kid’s craft supplies

I’m sure there is a bunch more uses for this little spinning rack.  Now it’s your turn to get on out there and re-purpose something you don’t love into some you do love.


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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen H. September 12, 2011 at 10:35 am

Thanks for sharing – great idea.


Mary September 12, 2011 at 11:32 am

Great idea. I’m going to use this one for sure.


Ihilani September 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

so smart!


Destri September 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Love this Suz!
I can’t wait for my the yard sale in my neighborhood this weekend! I basically live in a retirement community, so I know there will be a bunch :)


Angela September 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love that idea!! Mine has been collecting dust forever and I never use the spices in it… I’ll be throwing them out tonight!! Thanks:)


Alesha September 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I did this with mine, too. Great idea! :)


Suzanne September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Thanks everyone for the nice comments, glad to give you all an idea you might use.


Marty September 13, 2011 at 5:53 am

Suzanne, I just over this wkend emphy my old spices,and washed the jars.Going to use in my craft room…A nice added item!….


Brie September 26, 2011 at 5:36 am

Love this idea! I’m pinning it right now and then I am going to keep my eyes peeled for an old spice rack at a yard sale. I love how much storage you get without taking up a ton of horizontal space. It is so fantastic, thanks so much!

Brie from


Amber September 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

ah! this is one of those *palm to forehead / why didn’t I think of that* ideas! thanks for sharing!


ingrid@morestylethancash September 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

This is SO clever! I have a million and one beads and things from craft projects that I need to store. I’m going to clear out every garage sale within 20 miles of their spice racks! Thanks for a great idea.


Emily September 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

What a great idea!


Andrea @Oasis Accents September 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

As somebody who prides herself on finding alternative uses for items, I’m so kicking myself for not thinking of this. I got rid of a wooden one just like this about a year ago, DANG it! Will be looking for another one now. Thanks so much for sharing =)


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