Our kitchen is undergoing a makeover and one of our goals is organizing and making the most of the space we have. Mr. DIY loves to cook and has a HUGE spice collection (this is only a small fraction of his spices) so we’ve come up with a way to make the most of wasted space. This area is still undergoing some work but I wanted to share one of the easy projects we’ve completed. We created a Spice Loft in a space that was blank and unused before. The Lazy Susans swivel, allowing for a spin and easy grab. How to reach? Well, because they swivel, Mr. DIY who is 6’2″ has no problem reaching but you can see from the picture what we have in mind. More on that coming soon!
3 Lazy Susans (Rockler 12″ – a little overkill on the weight for this purpose but we LOVE the size and industrial look)
Screws (we used spare screws we had lying around) (12 total, 4 for each Lazy Susan)
Magnetic Spice Tins (We already had 18 Grundtal tins from Ikea but you could also add magnets to the back of favor tins found in party supply stores.)
Old wrapping paper
Dry Erase Marker
1. Use a piece of wrapping paper to make a template close to the size of the area/wall accommodating the spice loft and measure the center/place the Lazy Susans symmetrically and evenly spaced on the paper template.
2. Trace the Lazy Susans using a marker and mark the screw holes. The Lazy Susans have a larger hole on the front, just spin to see the small screw holes on the piece used for mounting.
3. Tape the paper template to the area where Spice Loft will be placed.
5. Remove paper (we didn’t do this until the end but learn by my mistake – it’s hard to remove when done!)
6. Secure the Lazy Susans to the wall with 4 screws each (depending on your wall surface, you might opt to use plastic anchors). I had Mr. DIY do this part. (Remember – you won’t have paper up still when done. I recommend taking paper down after pilot holes are drilled.)
7. Add spices to the tins (loved this part – so many good scents) and write name on front using a dry erase marker (or make a label).
Swivel Spice Wreaths
All done! A great space saving idea that frees up much-needed cabinet storage. Also better than storing near the heat of the stove. This area of our kitchen has no lighting so it’s dark too. They look like wreaths, don’t they? I love being able to see the spice through the lid. I like that they’re not only handy and storage-saving – they’re decorative as well.
What do you think?
Thanks to Mr. DIY for his ‘muscle’ behind this project. We had to drill through drywall over plywood. It was also minutes before the football game. And he is sick. Somebody must love me. 🙂
The winner of the Delta Giveaway from last week is…
- WOW do I ever need the Addison 9192-DST in my kitchen. What a gorgeous faucet! Thanks for the party.
Congratulations gnee! Email me and I’ll put you in contact with Delta to collect your prize!
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Awesome idea. I have spices overflowing in my cabinets too and this is a very creative solution.
Roeshel! that spice storage is fabulous! very creative indeed!
That is so creative! Thanks for hosting again. Hope you're having a great weekend.
That's hot! Heheh….spices…get it? Well, I couldn't say, "Sweet!" now could I? What a fun idea!
LOve that chalkboard wall. I wanted to do that in my daughter's room, but my husband didn't really care for the idea. Then I started reading about dust issues. We ended up painting two walls a charcoal color and we both love it. It just looks so classic, just like in your kitchen. Great idea for the spices and it's awesome that your hubby can reach them without the ladder! I have a ton of spices and they're spread out all over the place. I'd love to get some of those magnet tins and just cover my fridge with 'em. 🙂 Thanks for hosting!
~ The Speckled Dog
Love it! This might work well in my small kitchen, thanks for the fantastic idea.
I'm just wondering, what is "Canadian Steak" spic? I've lived here all of my life and have never heard of it 🙂
Thanks ladies! 🙂
Mel – I have no idea. I think it's just a blend of spices labeled that way. It sure smells good!
Very unique storage solution! Cool. Thanks for hosting, too.
This is really nice–love that "industrial chic" feel of the wreaths! And of course anything that spins…
Great space-saving idea! I also just re-did my spice storage…it's less decorative than your wreaths, but certainly a better solution that the mess I had going on before. Check it out!
What a clever idea!!
Cute spice loft! I use the magnetic spice holders too, but they're cluttering up my fridge. I like this idea! Thanks for hosting the party, Roeshel. 🙂
Congrats to the winner.
Aren't you the clever little spice minx? So creative, Roe!
That is so cool!! i LOVE the swivel idea, but I'm 5'2, so i would need a pretty tall ladder:)
Visiting from so very cheri
Wow..Amazing!! fab idea!!
What an awesome idea for the spices and thanks for hosting.
Have a wonderful day.
what a great idea! i love that they swivel, too. thanks for hosting!
With the fun ladder and labels I think it is your fabulous "Spice Library Loft!" Very fun and creative and a great use of space. The only down side is years off when you get too old to climb the ladder. I'm also wondering, do you have any toddlers you don't want climbing the walls? Anyway, it's a great idea and thanks for having us all over to see it.
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My thanks again, (see my post Autumn-licious) for the glorious faucet!!!!
What a great idea for storing your spices! Love it!
What a great idea! That would free up an entire cabinet at my house!
Thanks for hosting!
not to be a sour puss but this definitely would NOT work for us. aside from being short people, i much rather have my spices at my instant reach…
that to me just seems like a huge inconvenience and merely might be for looks.
New Witty – not a sour puss! Everyone has an opinion and doesn't have to love it. It works for us. They're spices that aren't used as often, my husband does the cooking and he is tall enough to reach the bottom when it swivels without straining. And it's not as if he has to walk upstairs to grab them. lol It works for us because it's cleared valuable cabinet space. It's a bonus that I like the look too. 🙂 Thanks for commenting – I know this doesn't work for everyone but appreciate your thoughts!
I absolutely LOVE this idea. This is something I'm gonna have to do..there's not much cabinet space in my tiny apartment! I love your blog & although I'm a follower, I actually came across this post from It's So Very Cheri. Thank you again for featuring my post "It's Fall Y'all" last week!
Such a cute, creative spicy project! Love it! Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.
What an original and fun idea! I LOVE IT!
Hey Roeschel I am featuring this on IC today. Thanks for your brilliance.
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