Chalkboard Spice Jars

Hi, friends! I thought I’d shared a quick little project with you today… I say quick, because in reality it took less than a few hours to complete, but would you believe me if I told you that I’ve been living with spices in unlabelled jars for the last six months?

See, I had good intentions. When I moved into my new apartment, I was aware that I had to do something about the giant bag of spices in a million different containers. So I went to ikea, and I bought some jars, and I put all the little bags of spices into their own pretty, matching jars. I was supposed to go out and buy chalkboard paint and a pen and label them way back in September. Then somehow, I got busy and forgot/got lazy and there were multiple times that I looked at the cayenne, paprika, and chili powder and had absolutely NO IDEA which one was which. Surprisingly, I did not have any cooking disasters as a result of this (thank you, good sense of smell). All of a sudden it was January and I was driving by the craft store and I this big wave of productivity hit me and I finally bought the supplies and went home and labelled those silly jars. And they turned out so lovely – why on earth did it take me so long to do it?!

IMG_0253_2

If you are like I was, and your spice drawer/cupboard is a mess, or your spice rack is 10 years old and could use some refreshing, then I would really recommend you set aside a night in the next week or so and tackle this one.

Right now I have this little rolling kitchen cart, and the spices occupy their own little shelf, but I have visions of making wall rack/shelf for them in the future, when I have a bit more wall space in my kitchen. They’re seriously pretty enough to be displayed! You could use any little jar that you like, but I’m a fan of the ikea ones because they’ve got an opening that is wide enough for a teaspoon, and because they’ve got two flat surfaces so that I can display them in different ways. I used black chalkboard paint, but you could really buy any colour that you like – I was thinking white paint with some sort of pastel chalk would be really cute!

IMG_0252

Supplies:

Spice Jars (I used these ones, from Ikea)*

Chalkboard Paint

Paint Brush

Chalk Pen, or thin Chalk

1. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint over the lid of your spice jar. Let dry for one hour, and then paint over with a second coat. Let dry overnight.

2. Use a chalkboard pen or chalk to label each spice jar.

3. Using a small funnel, pour each spice into it’s own labelled jar. Seal and display.

*I’m using about 25 jars right now, but I think you should individually determine what spices you use/need, and figure out how much you have room for. I bought some extra jars for when I have more space!

Wanted: Pretty Home Things

Wanted: Pretty Home Things
I’ve been wanting to start posting more “lifestyle” type things, and since I just moved into my first “big girl” apartment, I figured now is a good time to start. I think that I’ll still always post more food/recipe posts than anything else, because that is my true passion, but I’m looking forward to seeing where some new, different types of posts (including travel, home, and maybe fashion) will take Sweet Mayberry. If you’ve been following along for a while, I hope that you’ll stick around!
I had this idea in my head that when I got my first apartment after University, I would be able to decorate it like some of the coolest places on Apartment Therapy – you know, trendy, New York apartments and such. I’m quickly realizing that this is not necessarily the case. First of all, moving is expensive enough with just buying the necessities, let alone more pricey furniture and home accessories. Plus, my new roommate has a bunch of furniture already, and even though our taste does tend to be a little different (and our furniture doesn’t all go together that well) it means that there is no reason for me to buy everything new. And then there is the fact that I’m not even 22 yet and I have a lot of years and probably many more apartments/condos/houses to be able to develop my specific tastes and find items that I love.
So when I do buy new things to have around the apartment, I’m trying to focus on choosing high quality items that make our place look more grown up and that I’ll be able to use for a long time. Like luxurious towels and classy accessories and kitchen tools that I’ll use forever and ever.
ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT / NINE