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Repurposed Spice Rack Makes A Pretty Flower Display

The days of spice racks hanging on the wall are over. They usually weren’t hanging near the cook stove. Not handy at all. My repurposed spice rack makes a great flower display. Prettier than spices.

The project took a lot of twists and turns. I did the makeover on the spice rack to share for the June thrift store decor day and hated how the project turned out so I put it aside and made another project. You guys do know that all projects do not go as planned, especially mine.

Repurposed Spice Rack Spices Out & Flowers In

Flower Display – Repurposed Spice Rack

Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and my oh so thrifty pals have projects linked at the bottom of this post.

recyled spice rack diy project

The wood spice rack was a find from one of my Arkansas trips to visit my parents. I don’t even remember how much I paid for it.

small collectible colored bottles

I bought the blue and green bottles at the same thrift store. The New Orleans shaker and the brown bottles were in a box of stuff we bought at an auction. I don’t remember how much I paid for any of this.

The bottles were inspiration for painting the spice rack. My plan was to paint the spice rack and use the bottles as vases for a cute display. I thought the display would look nice sitting on the bathroom vanity. Our bathroom décor is navy and shades of turquoise and green.

wrong paint colors for spice rack makeover

I started out with navy spray paint and decided that wasn’t the color for me. I then spray painted the spice rack matte turquoise. The small curved detail (dip) at the top of the spice rack was too old school for me. I found the little wood applique in my stash. I painted and glued the applique to that spot.

Once the paint was dry I added the bottles and flowers to the spice rack. Not loving the look. I used my finger tip to accent the wood curlicue with yellow paint. Still not feeling it. Too much color I think. At this point I decided to move on to another project for thrift store day.

Rustoleum Heirloom Satin White Spray Paint

Fast forward to this month and I’m ready to try the spice rack repurposed in a different paint color. My favorite white spray paint color is  Rustoleum Satin Heirloom White. It is the perfect off-white. You think it’s white until you put it up against something really white. Really white is too white for me.

I very lightly distressed the paint once it was dry, concentrating on the edges and the wood applique.

Repurposed Spice Rack

No more colorful bottles either. I went through my junk stash and found clear bottles to hold the faux forsythia flowers. I added the  cut glass toothpick holder/whatnot, and the vintage New Orleans salt shaker tourist piece, along with a yellow furniture knob to the display. I love the colors and design on the little shaker. Sometimes it’s the simplest things that draw our eye. Small piece, big statement.

collectible blue glass bottles to display flowers

Another statement piece is the cobalt blue bottle. I put a decorative knob from Hobby Lobby on top of the bottle. The knob has been in my stash for a while and it tops off the blue bottle perfectly. Everything doesn’t have to be matchy matchy. Go for the unexpected sometimes.

recycled spice rack makes a great flower display

I like this version of the spice rack much better. Clean, fresh, and summery. The pretty flower display is sitting on the bar/counter in the kitchen. It makes me smile. What about you? Do you like the repurposed spice rack?

use spice bottles to display flowers
use spice bottles to display flowers

I wanted to share the details of this project because we all have makeovers go wrong…..all of the time. You would not believe the number of times I’ve changed plans midstream. I’ve also completed big furniture makeovers just to say….”Boy I really hate that”. Then I start over. So, don’t feel like you are alone or be afraid to start a project. Go for it.

I change the display on the bar often, very often. One of my favorite countertop displays was the weathered wood box and mason jar centerpiece. Check out the video I made showing how to weather or “age”  the wood. It’s a doozy…..

How To Weather or Age Wood

That’s it for me. Time to see what my friends have been up to. Please leave a note and let me know what you think of the spice rack repurposed into a flower display. Tour links below the photo……

thrift store decor before collage July 2018

Cabinet Door Magnetic Memo Chalkboard – My Repurposed Life
Masculine Tray Makeover – Our Southern Home
DIY Tray Makeover – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Beachy DIY Sea Glass Decor – Domestically Speaking
Vintage-Inspired Military First Aid Kit – Sadie Seasongoods
Repurposed Croquet Set – House of Hawthornes
Repurposed Spice Rack – Petticoat Junktion (that’s me!)

Thanks for being here, for being loyal readers, for sending me emails and leaving comments, I appreciate you……Have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Love the spice rack repurposed! Wonder if it would also work for holding nail polish!

  2. Denise, Thank you so much for the comment. Believe me when I say there are very few projects where I don’t run into issues. I’m glad you didn’t give up. It might be a little……or a lot more work, but keep going until you get the look you want. Have a great weekend!

  3. I am really grateful for a particular paragraph you wrote. The one about makeovers going wrong and your advice to go for it.


    I found your blog recently and you inspired me to tackle a makeover of a piece of furniture. But I discovered I have a lot to learn about techniques. I had brush strokes and when I applied the clear spray paint my situation got worse. I sanded everything down again. And while trying to repair my work, I wondered about your first project and if it turned out… and if all your projects turn out impeccably well the first time.

    I’m proud to say my piece is just about finished. It’s not perfect. But I’m nevertheless proud of my work. I tried something new and did my best to overcome obstacles.

    So… yes, thank you for sharing your mishaps. Novices like me really are grateful!

  4. Kathy,

    Plan B is perfect. I love how your repurposed spice rack turned out. Glad you didn’t give up!

  5. Very interesting, bur I have no space for that type of thing. I use multi tier spice racks, standing at the back of my work spaces, to hold bottles of acrylic paint, 2 oz. size, which I have a lot of. I do a lot of decorative type painting. Small things mostly.

  6. Yes I like the white paint and the clear bottles. The yellow really stands out against the white.

  7. So pretty! You have a real gift, Kathy. You often seem to start out with items which are, to be frank, ugly or even downright hideous, and yet you can always see the potential and transform them into something beautiful. I wish I had a fraction of your talent but your results inspire me to keep trying …