I mean, I had a nice rotating spice rack we got for our wedding, but the labels on it didn't represent the spices I actually used, so the rest of the bottles got thrown in a drawer, where I could never find anything. The disorganization combined with the unused spice rack taking up space on my counter got me thinking. Ideas posted on other blogs got me thinking even more. I can do better!
Inspired by ideas around the internet, I took the plunge. First, we bought Rustoleum "magnetic primer" and painted it above the stove:
And painted. And painted. Seriously, it took like 10 coats of the stuff to get it sufficiently magnetic-y. I tested it with a magnetic timer, the heaviest magnet I have. Upon further research, it sounds like there are better brands that don't require so many coats to get a good magnetism. Alas.
After the magnetic paint was on the wall, we painted it back the kitchen's yellow color. Surprisingly, this only took 2 coats to cover the black. That was a relief! In the meantime, my spice tins came! I was super-excited.
I ordered the tins from Custom Magnetic Spice Rack. After shopping around various online stores, these were the least expensive for exactly what I needed. Conveniently, they not only included food-grade tins with tight-fitting lids, they ship magnets along with them! I ordered a set of 22 2.5 oz containers with no labels- I picked up labels at Bed Bath & Beyond but opted not to buy the tins there. The tins with magnets at BB&B are $3 each, and tins from Custom Magnetic Spice Rack online, with shipping, were just $1.75.
The store's website also had lots of great alternative ideas for magnetic spice racks, besides using magnetic paint. They have ideas to attach to the wall, to a cabinet or pantry door, or, the simplest of all, to your fridge!
I put the tins up on the wall, and everything worked out perfectly! Custom Magnetic Spice Rack sent me a few other sizes of tins to check out (see picture above) and I was able to put the smaller ones on the wall, and the larger ones on top of my stove, which is also magnetic, apparently. I particularly like the Bravada square tins- I could see these working efficiently in a small space.
(And, in case you noticed, yes, they're alphabetized. I'm a librarian, after all.)
And now for the giveaway!! Want your very own magnetic spice rack? Custom Magnetic Spice Rack is offering one of my readers a choice of prizes (because everyone's needs are different!)
- Twelve (12) 6 oz. Applause with Precut Rounds (these would work well on a fridge)
- Eight (8) 8 oz. Applause with Strip (With a magnetic strip, this is a ready-made rack!)
- Four (4) Pique Tea Tins (Mini-Canister which comes with precut rounds for stacking security) Not for mounting vertically (These would be good for storing larger amounts of ingredients)
- Twelve 4 oz. Bravada squares (choice of precuts or strips) (I like the practicality of the squares)
- Leave a comment with what you would do to make your magnetic spice rack! See all the ideas.
- For an extra entry, blog or twitter about this contest, and leave a comment with a link.
- For another entry, subscribe (see the RSS button above) or follow me on Twitter (@keepingfeet) and leave me a comment saying you did (or already do)
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
The deadline for entries is April 5th, and I'll announce a winner Monday April 6th.