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Custom Spice Rack

This was from our previous home. I still need to design and build a new rack to fit our new kitchen.

Here's an idea on how to set up a custom spice rack. I used 4-ounce Mason jelly jars. They're air tight, so herbs and spices stay fresh and potent much longer than in the original packaging.

Most pre-made spice racks have pre-labeled jars, and some of them may be for items you never even use. With this setup you can choose which things you want, and label the jars accordingly. You can also have as many items in the rack as space will allow.

I just made a simple open shadow box to fit into the wasted space on the wall above the kitchen sink. The shelf that makes up the bottom was already in place. The cubbies were made using ¼-inch plywood with half-lap joints at each intersection. It has 42 cubbies to hold the jars. We currently have 36 jars, and the other 6 spaces hold small kitchen gadgets and knick-knacks.

The light was installed primarily to illuminate the sink while washing dishes, but also serves to show off the spice rack.