I wanted to share my mini kitchen pantry makeover with all of you, because I just can’t contain my excitement. Above, you can see a little diagram of my mini-kitchen. It’s homey and cozy and the size of a postage stamp. Which means that storage is a problem. And see that pot rack that hangs into the walkway? Also a problem.
Enter this handsome fella.
After a decade, and a few dozen whacks to the head by the aforementioned pot rack, he agreed to help me swap some things around in my kitchen. My vision was that the pots could go in the cabinet over the stove, where my spices currently live. And the spices and storage jars in my cabinet would be out of reach of a certain small Viking that lives here if they were up on a canning shelf along that long stretch of wall that is currently sort of useless.
SO he built THIS for me!
I’ve always had a thing for glass jars, and vintage tins. So now I can enjoy looking at all of my lovely jars and can easily find exactly what I’m looking for and take a quick visual stock of what I’m low on. This has REVOLUTIONIZED my relationship with the cabinet where all of this was stored.
A quick tour: lemon muffin in a mug mix, sea salt jar, erythritol in a vintage french sugar canister, oat fiber, coconut flour, almond flour…
Mama’s treat jar, chocolate mudslide muffin in a mug mastermix, vanilla extract, and a couple of big jars of beans & brown rice. Some of these items get used weekly, and some I use very rarely. But I love being able to see all of my baking and ingredient possibilities.
See that cute plaque next to the oat flour jar below? It’s one that my daughter made in VBS last year. I loved it, so I glued it to the side of one of those cheap photo storage boxes from Michaels, and filled it with an assortment of teas. So now it’s my tea box. I should do a tutorial on how to make a decorative box too.
What you don’t see is my spices. For one thing, the jars took up most of the space. And for another, the shelf was just not going to be a good solution for little spice jars, since there would be so many of them all crammed and layered up there and it would be hard to see what I was looking for. *sigh*
But this is not where the makeover ends! Really, the best part is next.
My Spice Rack Solution
A few weeks ago, I went shopping with my daughter to pick up some last minute gifts. We saw a lovely old looking wall cabinet at Tuesday Morning, but alas. It had a sign taped to it to hold it for pickup later that day. We admired it anyway.
A week later, she and her Daddy went out to shop for a gift for me. She grabbed a couple of things that she knew I would like and turned around to find her Dad staring at THE cabinet. It was still there! She said, “Dad, Mom LOVED that!”
“What would she use it for?”
“I think she said spices or craft stuff.”
“Sold. Let’s go.” (My man doesn’t love to shop and browse…so he was delighted to get it over with that easily.)
And this is what I unwrapped a few days later (Amazon affiliate link):
Technically it’s some sort of reproduction mail sorting deal like an old hotel would have had. But in my life, it’s the coolest spice rack EVER.
It’s made of cedar and has tin drawers, and little tin label holders. Each cubby can hold 3-5 normal sized spice or herb jars, so I can sort them (poultry spices, sweet spices, blends, hot & feisty…) and see exactly what I have without digging. Which is to say: I am in love.
And with this piece finally in place, I was able to move ALL of my spices out of the cabinet over my stove. Which, by the way, is the WORST place to keep spices, because they are heat and light sensitive.
My pots & pans now happily live right over the stove, where they’re easy to grab, and I get to enjoy and admire the loveliness of my mini kitchen pantry makeover. And the brain banging pot rack is now gone. Here’s a little visual of my NEW postage stamp kitchen.
SO much better.
Thank you my darling!
What’s your favorite thing about my little makeover? What would you do differently?