This is part 4 of our DIY kitchen organization series. I am on a mission to get my kitchen organized without spending a lot of time or money, and this is the fourth step along that journey. I’m more than half way done and my kitchen is functioning better already!
In case you missed them, here are the other kitchen organization projects in this series:
- Turn hard-to-reach shelves in the base cabinets into easy-to-access drawers.
- Clear drawer clutter (part 1) by moving cooking utensils to a hanging, rotating storage rack.
- Clear drawer clutter (part 2) by organizing the rest of the utensils that end up in a drawer.
- Clear the countertops (part 2) by building a pull down cookbook stand
- Clear the cabinet clutter where serving trays and cookie sheets are stored by building custom dividers and shelves.
- Make the corner cabinets more useful by building some kind of easy-to-access storage system.
- An added bonus: 6 Cabinet Door Storage Ideas That Will Organize Your Kitchen
And now on to this week’s kitchen organization post…keep reading to see how to make a DIY Magnetic Spice Rack.
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This is step 2 in my quest to clear my counter tops. Since I cook a lot, I like to have my spices in an easy to get to location…which is why they were originally in racks on my counter (along with my utensils jar that I finally got rid of by with a DIY Rotating Storage Rack). Although they don’t seem like they take up a lot of room, it’s just enough that a cooling rack full of cupcakes doesn’t fit very well…which has caused a day-of-a-party disaster on at least one occasion when the whole rack got knocked off the counter.
I have had my eye on these magnetic spice racks for quite some time.
But they all seem to come with another set of spice jars…which I don’t really need since I already have a set of spice tins. And I would have to buy 3 or 4 new racks to hold all of my spices, which would end up costing more than $100.
After having great success with galvanized sheet metal and magnets in my tool organization project, I decided to re-use the same idea for my spice tins. It worked perfectly, cost less than $20, and took about an hour of work time.
What You Need
What Doesn’t Work
Before getting to the final solution, I tried many other options that didn’t end up working out.
- First I tried the peel-and-stick magnets. They are nice because you don’t have to do any gluing and they are very thin. Too bad they are not strong enough to hold the containers to the wall.
- Next I tried regular magnets with regular white glue. The white glue does not stay stuck to the spice tin…so the tins ended up falling off the wall.
- Third I tried Liquid Nails (construction adhesive) which seemed to stick to the tins just fine, but didn’t adhere well to the magnets…so the tins ended up falling off the wall.
- Originally, I had tried using only one magnet, which does work for lighter spices. However, tins with heavier spices tend to slide down and end up at the bottom of the wall. That makes the spices hard to keep in an organized order.
The result is that I used epoxy glue (the kind that has 2 parts which have to be mixed) and 2 11/16″ magnets* per tin, which ended up being the winning combination!
Attach The Magnets
If you already have spice containers (like I did), re-using the ones you already have is the most economical choice. Otherwise you can buy some inexpensive storage tins*.
1. Wash the spice jars to make sure they are clean.
2. Make sure the magnets don’t repel each other. The easiest way to do this is to line up the spice jars and place the magnets on where they will be glued. In my case, this was on the bottom of the spice tins. If you have glass spice jars, you might want to put the magnets on the lid. Usually this means that you will have opposite poles facing up. If your magnets have one of the poles marked line these ones do, you should see opposite sides up.
3. Mix the epoxy glue*. Usually, it needs to be applied within 5 minutes of mixing, so only mix as much as you can apply within that time. I did about 10 spice jars in a batch.
4. Spread the glue on the backs of the magnets. I wore gloves during this part…epoxy glue is really hard to get off your fingers!
5. Stick them to the spice jars.
6. Let the glue dry and cure. While the glue will seem like it’s dry after about a half hour, it usually takes about 24 hours to completely cure. Be patient and wait the full time. Otherwise, the glue may not stick and your canisters will fall of the wall…that’s me speaking from experience.
Attach the Galvanized Steel Sheet to the Wall
1. Measure the space between the top of the counter (or backsplash) and the bottom of the cabinets.
2. If the galvanized sheet is bigger than your backsplash space, you will need to cut it to the right size:
a. Measure the width on the galvanized steel sheet and draw a line across the width of the sheet.
b. Use the tin snips to cut along the line. Be very careful since the edges will be very sharp.
c. Hold the sheet up to the wall to make sure that it fits.
3. Use the caulk gun to spread glue all over the back of the galvanized steel sheet. Make sure that there is glue all the way out to the edges of the sheet.
4. Position the galvanized steel sheet on the wall and then press it on to make sure the glue sticks.
5. Fill up your spice jars and stick them up there! I put labels on the lids of all of the jars so the spices are easy to find. These pre-printed ones with a clear background* look nice on the tins. But of course you could just write on pieces of masking tape or use a label maker to accomplish the same thing.
The Finished Spice Rack
I can fit all of my jars easily on one sheet of galvanized metal, with room to expand!
I now have a clear countertop…it looks so much less cluttered than it did, and I can still access all of my spices and utensils!