Ikea hack, DIY spice rack, organization

When I am cooking I really dislike to dig through a cabinet and look for what I need. I rather have it all out where I can see them but I have a small kitchen so I did not have many options.

I was shopping at Ikea one day and saw these cute spice racks for only 2.99$!! I bought a few and knew I could do something special with them. I have hard plaster walls so I did not want to put too many holes in the wall. 

-6 spice racks from Ikea
-old frame
-MDF or wood cut to fit from Home Depot to fit your frame.
-Ryobi Drill
-stain, I used General Finishes
 -Ryobi nail gun
-spray paint

 The shelves from Ikea are pretty easy to assemble and only take a few minutes to do each one. They are bare wood so you have the option of staining or painting them. I wanted the surface to be wipeable so I opted to spray paint them.
I used an off white spray paint and gave each a few coats in a semi gloss so I could wipe the shelves off when I clean.
I used my nail gun to attach the frame to the wood I had home depot cut for me. They are so helpful!I have a small car so wood will not always fit in my car without having it cut first. It is a time savor, and if your still skeptical about using power tools you can have them help you. On a side note though, once you get comfortable with power tools they become addicting.
 I then used General Finishes in a walnut gel stain to stain the board. You don't have to stain it though, you can paint it or add fabric to it, or even wallpaper. Its a good way to get creative and add some pattern or color. I already have a lot going on in my kitchen so I wanted a warm wood tone. I love the old gold color of the frame so I decided not to do anything to it.

The last step I could not get pictures of but I used my nail gun to attach the spice racks to the board. I only have two hands so it took some juggling. You can also hang the spice racks on the wall and frame it out with a picture frame or molding.
I have not finished my kitchen but here is a little sneak peek. I built the rack under the spice rack, I will post a tutorial on how to do that, it was fairly easy.  I am loving how the kitchen is coming along and as soon as it is finished I will post about it. I love being able to look at all the spices I have. It makes cooking so much easier! I am a visual person.



  1. I love all of your ideas! When I get my first home, I am definitely going to try this!