Magnetic Spice Board

IMG_20151201_153913519Not sure how to organize all those little bottles of spices? This magnetic spice board has been a game-changer for us at home.

The more we experimented with different dishes, the more out of control our spice shelf became. We had stacks of spice bottles covering half of a pantry shelf to the point that it was impossible to find anything and the spices in front buried the spices behind.

IMG_20151128_185404086Good thing my husband is resourceful. When we saw some spice jars with clear lids, pour spouts, and magnetic bottoms at World Market, we bought out their inventory and got to work.

We looked at a lot of different options for the metal base. We wanted something lightweight, so we wouldn’t have to worry about it falling off the door, but we also needed it to be strong enough to hold the magnets in place so we wouldn’t lose spices. We found the answer in a 2′ x 3′ sheet of ducting material in the very back of Lowe’s.

IMG_20151128_192448826Gordon used liquid nails to attach the sheet to the door. He just spread the stuff liberally on every surface that would come in contact with the sheet (We’ll be in our house for awhile, so we didn’t mind making it permanent. If you are renting or don’t want to make a commitment, you could hang it in a variety of less permanent ways).

He used clamps to hold the board on the door while it dried. I know it’s tempting, but if you end up doing this project, don’t hang all your spices until the liquid nails goo is dry. You don’t want anything pulling the sheet out from the door.

IMG_20151201_154005143Once the board is hung and dry, you get to do the fun part! I loved consolidating and labeling our spices in the new jars. I used sharpies to label each jar so I knew what I was dealing with.

Because the spices are on the back of the door, they remain in darkness most of the time, so they should stay good for a while. If yours will be exposed to a lot of light, you’ll probably want to opt for solid fronts.

No issues with spice jars moving or coming loose, and so far I love my new spice board. And I have a whole shelf in my pantry to put something else on!

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How do you handle all your spices?

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