I might just be missing a post for ‘Day 8′. I “almost” started lots of projects yesterday, but just didn’t have what I needed to complete any one of them or I’m still not ready to commit to exactly what I want do. Oh, and I was all bummed by the fact that I had found the perfect lamps for the sofa console table this weekend online, purchased them and then got an ‘out of stock’ email yesterday afternoon. They were a smokin’ deal, so I was super bummed. I know, I know first world problems.
But I’ve moved on from my disappointment to tackle today’s project… my spice cupboard. It looked like this…
I found a few DIY options online to give me some ideas, but not quite what I was looking for so I headed out to the garage/workshop to see what exactly was available for this little project. The last few larger projects I’ve done have pretty much cleaned out the scrap pile, so I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to come up with anything. Then I found some leftover mdf from my daughter’s dollhouse (which I’ve never posted about-someday it will happen).
Next I had to figure out what size would fit in the cupboard. For my particular cabinet I was able to go 15″ wide, 6″ in total height & an overall depth of approx 8.5″ inches. Those dimensions would easily slide into the cabinet and accommodate most of the spice bottles, including the taller ones. All pieces were 15″ long and then at these widths, 2x @ 4″ w, 2x @ 5.5″ w and 1x @ 2.5″ w, 2x @ 3.5″ w (not shown).
Assembly was pretty simple when using a nail gun and some wood glue. You could still create this with a hammer and nails, but it would be a little more time consuming. First, create the bottom shelf. Nail one 4″ wide piece on top of the 2.5″ w piece, perpendicular to one another. Then I marked one of 5.5″ w pieces 3 inches up from bottom and then attached the bottom shelf (the 4″ w piece) to that piece along the mark. Next take the second 4″ w piece and nail it to the top of the 5.5″ wide piece that now has the bottom shelf attached to it (again perpendicular to each other). Then attach the last 5.5″ high piece to the other side of that 4″ wide piece. This completes the functional part of the spice rack. The last step is to attach a 3.5″ w piece to the front of each shelf. This creates the lip to keep anything from slipping off. Sound confusing? It’s really not as confusing as it sounds. The picture below helps put it all together if you are a visual person (like myself). The only thing missing is the facing piece for the the top shelf (I wasn’t sure if I was going to do it yet when I took the picture).
You may notice that the front of the bottom shelf and the facing look uneven…well they are. I rushed cutting my pieces and my 2.5″ wide piece was not perfectly even, so I just made sure to do a better job on the facing piece to correct the problem. I don’t have a table saw and the pieces were too long to cut with the miter saw, so it had to be done with the circular saw and when I don’t take my time wonky cuts are the result. If only patience was my friend.
The last step was to paint it. I debated on just leaving it alone, but I open the spice cupboard pretty much everyday and figured seeing that bare mdf would start to seriously bug me after awhile. Two coats of black semi-gloss later it was officially done.
It fit perfectly, which made me super happy. I forgot to mention earlier that the shelves had also been adjusted to provide some additional height for everything. Moving the shelves was actually the first thing I did before figuring dimensions for the little spice rack. I wanted to create more height for the spices, but also so taller bottles could fit easily on that shelf as well. Several items had been stored over in the pantry because they were just a smidge too tall and the goal was to get them all in one place.
I like the simple projects that have a big impact and it really was nice to be able to just reach in and grab everything I needed without digging through the chaos this evening.
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