Pretty in Cobalt

Remember when we replaced the little wire basket that was holding spices with a cabinet?


Well, we realized that said cabinet would have no place in our new kitchen. So back to the store it went, and we started hunting for another solution.

Like before, I couldn’t find a spice rack that I liked that didn’t come filled with spices. Until Friday, when we stumbled upon this beauty at the antiques mall:


It has plenty of space and conveniently rotates. The only problem was that it didn’t match the rest of our kitchen. Luckily, there was leftover cabinet paint still in the basement.

And that was fine for the outside of the spice rack. On the inside, I wanted to bring in a punch of color. Enter: Behr paint color samples. For less than $3, i was able to get an 8 ounce sample of cobalt blue paint to match our counters. I had just the right amount for the spice rack, so 8 ounces seems to be perfect for little projects.


So now you know: For small paint projects, pick up some color samples and save a little cash!

I also picked up some painter’s tape, a small brush, and some detail-work brushes.


I laid out a plastic drop cloth to catch any paint and taped off the outside of the spice rack so that I wouldn’t drip any blue paint where it didn’t belong. Then I got down to work!


Two layers of cobalt blue paint and two layers of leftover cabinet paint later, we got this:

The blue is a little lighter and brighter than I expected, but I still think it works in the kitchen. I covered each shelf with some clear contact paper for easy wipe-ability (yes, I believe that is the scientific term for it) and voila!


A custom-made spice rack that fits perfectly in my kitchen. I even have space for food colorings, etc!

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  1. says

    NEAT! I’m definitely inspired by your non-traditional finds like this! We generally just do the usual IKEA, etc, but we really need to try out some antique shops and the like. 🙂

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Hooray! It takes more time to get what you’re looking for with antique malls/Craigslist and the like, but it is SO worth it. You get unique and customized pieces for your home! 🙂

  2. says

    It looks great. So often you can adapt something so that it suits your purpose much better than buying ready made. The blue looks fabulous – you’ll have summer in your kitchen all year round!