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DIY chefs kitchen spice cabinet organization

by Juliemara
04.18.13

Spice racks are great for cooks who use a dash here and a pinch there, but in our house, the racks that hold 24 and turn around just won’t cut it. No, we have an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices and seasonings. Our resident chef, my husband, is from Israel, so Mediterranean flavors a are a staple. Cumin, paprika, turmeric, Zatar and shwarma seasoning can always be found in our spice cabinet. He’s also part Italian so we can not run out of basil, oregano, parsley and garlic powder is stocked in bulk. We love to make Thai food and Indian food and one of my favorites is Mexican. To have enough spices and seasonings on hand to make a dish from any of these cuisines at a moments notice means a packed spice cabinet.

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We bought this great adjustable cabinet shelf, but all it did was hide more spices in the back of the cabinet. As a result we ended up with duplicates of many spices since we couldn’t find the first one when we needed it. I had to solve the problem so I did it in the easiest way possible. Spice steps!

1) Measure the width of your cabinet

2)Cut several pieces of 2″ x 4″ slightly shorter than your cabinet is wide.

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3)Stack the wood in a step pattern

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4)Organize a away

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You can pick up a 2″x4″ at Lowes or Home Depot and if you ask they might even cut it for you there. If not you can buy a hand saw and get the job done pretty quick.

Plus it’s a great saw to have for future DIY projects!

If you have a taller shelf than I did you can stack the wood two or three high for each step so that the lables don’t get hidden. We don’t have that much space so I grouped the spices by style of jar, then we just have to remember what type of jar each spice is in.

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Home Improvement Weekend – Media Console

by Juliemara
11.20.12

Here’s a sample of my to do list for DIY projects to my home

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

ok you get the idea, my husband calls me a busy bee,and for good reason, I feel better when I am busy and creating something weather its something new or something neater, doing makes me feel good. So  this past weekend I finally found a few minutes and did something, lets take a look at that list again.

 

Hang art in playroom

wallpaper back of bookshelves in living room

add another ring to each curtain panel and hem bottoms

change blinds to sheers in living room and master bedroom

build small foyer bench and hang child coat hooks

fill hallway with family photos

add more variety of art to picture gallery in dining room

add a back to media console in living room to hide wires

 

create an organized sewing crafting room in basement

build headboard for master bedroom

hang display shelf over toilet in hall bath

hang honeymoon photos in master bathroom

build Shanty-2-chic’s wood framed mirror for master bedroom

 

That’s right I added a back to the media console to hide all those ugly wires.

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It was easy really I took 1/4″ black foam core and cut it so that it would sit about an inch inside the outer edge of the back of the bookshelf.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

Then used wire nails to secure it into place.

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I had to make a hole for the wires from the speakers to come through, I did a very hack saw job of this but it’s ok because the hole is hidden by the speaker.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

It’s so calming to look at the TV wall now. I love not seeing all those messy wires. I’m sure some of you are thinking why did you buy that piece in the first place? Because I love the look of it, the square cubbies and the prices at IKEA are just right.Ikea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelfIkea_expedit_bookshelf

The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come. Do you spend your weekends doing home improvements or do you prefer to pay the professionals for up keep and improvements?

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The whole project only took me about an hour. I cut the pieces several weeks ago and was trying to find a time to do the nailing when the girls were awake but time to do projects when the girls are awake doesn’t really exist, so this weekend I took the chance and started banging away after they went to bed. They didn’t wake up! Yeah! Hammer and nails here I come.

 

 

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