Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Old Silver Trays

Thrift Store Goodness
I bought these silver plated casserole trays a few weeks ago at a local thrift store.
I love the detail of the legs on this one.
I had several ideas of different things I could do with them. 
So many actually, that I'm on the look out for more.
I bought a little wood at Lowe's and tiny wood trim at Michael's and came up with this.
I made a tiny shelf out of the wood and painted it silver with a little black glaze. 
It totally looks like metal now.
I attached the little shelves to the fretwork of the frame with tiny screws.
 I hung them using picture frame wire. I kind of have a thing for picture frame wire. 
I like the look of it all twisted around the legs.
I've never had a spice rack my whole adult life.
I'm always digging through the shelves trying to find the spice I need.
I won't have that problem any more. 
Only problem with this is I need pretty bottles for all my spices.
So now I'll be on the look out for them. I like the Archer Farms (Target) bottle.
But some how I only have one spice in that kind of bottle. 
Anyone have any suggestions where I can get some really great spice bottles?

My new spice rack would really be pretty with all matching bottles and labels.
I wanted to wait to show till I'd done that...but who knows how long it will take me to 
acquire them. 
So you'll just have to imagine what it will look like with pretty bottles all in a row.

**UPDATE**
I filled glass salt and pepper shakers with all my spices and put them in the spice rack.
So much better.
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98 comments:

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Isn't that a great idea! I always see these silver plate holders at the thrift. I love the look!

Danielle

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh my gosh that's pure genius, GENIUS! I love it. It would also fantastic in a bathroom with perfume bottles, etc.

I think some designers and magazines are going to be stealing this idea from you :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Thanks! Yes, Jeanette...this would totally work in a bathroom too with little perfume bottles on it. You usually find these trays without their glass casserole dishes. I guess the dishes always get broken. I bought them at the thrift store. The day I bought they had a round one too but I only had money for two. I went back the next week for the round one but it was gone. I hope to find some more because I have other ideas for using these.

Traci said...

Very cute idea! I have one of this already.
Traci

Chrissie said...

Brilliant! I love this idea, I run across these all the time. I love it!

Debra said...

This is such a wonderful idea. I'm interested in the spice bottles too. Hope you can find a source. I'm up for changing mine out. How about old salt and pepper sets with silver lids in the meantime? just have to figure out a cool vintage label, maybe from the graphics fairy...hmmmm....
xoxo Debra

The Sterling Cherub said...

This is brilliant! Love the creative way you turned such neat old silver pieces into spice racks! What an eye and what an imagination!

Best,

Kimberly

Boho Farm and Home said...

That looks great! Very clever.
I like to get my spices from Whole foods. The whole food brand jars are glass with a nice clean design and the bonus is that they are organic too. I have been refilling them for years because I like them so much!
xo
Caroline

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Caroline -
Oh...thanks for this suggestion. We are getting a Whole Foods very soon. They are building it now. I think it is to open this Fall. I will definitely check out the spices there.

Custom Comforts said...

So creative. I could hardly wait to see what you did with them and you didn't disappoint. I wish I had a mind that could think up unique things like that. Very impressive!
Cindy

Terry said...

That is a great idea that is very clever...I'm so glad I recently found your blog...have a great day!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

This is a great idea! I think I have a few of these stashed away somewhere, now I can put them to use.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Nita, you are so darn smart. I love this idea. Looks great. I checked ebay and they have lots of spice bottles. Some are old milk glass.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

You, my dear, are a design genius! Such a cool and beautiful way to add more silver to the kitchen and it is soooo functional. This gets 5 gold stars!

Cara said...

very cool! and LOVE your header!
<3 Cara
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The Working Home Keeper said...

Genius!

Mary Ellen
The Working Home Keeper

Elle C said...

You are brilliant! I see these all the time at thrift stores, I will so be borrowing/stealing your idea. Thank you so much for posting. Did I mention you are brilliant?

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

That's amazing! You're a genious!

S
xo

The enchanted home said...

You are too clever!!!! Never has a spice shelf looked so elegant and beautiful. Love them and what you did with them..fabulous!

Cindy said...

brilliant. this is why i love the internet and blogs...because of wonderful ideas i can steal from everyone else....LOL

hugs, cindy

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

What a clever idea. I love it! You classed up your spices. Try the Container Store. You can order online too. They have tons of generic little bottles and I've even purchased some that have little stick on labels to write the name of the spice. Yes, you must get some great bottles for those great spice racks!

decoratinginsanity.com said...

This is super cute too. You are soo creative. I would get spice bottles at the dollar store and make cute labels on the computer, circle ones would be cute to dress them up.

Etcetorize said...

Wow! Such a great idea. I love love love it! I'm definitely going to be on the look out for similar trays.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

No too long ago before I painted my kitchen I re-styled my spice cabinet. I went to Walmart and bought canning jars. I got the 2 smallest sizes. I emptied all my spices into the jars and used my label maker to mark them. It would be really cute though to use some sort of tag...I'm sure you could come up with something adorable. If you are interested I could send you a picture. This was a totally brilliant idea. I look forward to all your posts...but especially the ones about your kitchen. You are a kitchen queen! Have a great day...

Laurel said...

LOVE these...as far as jars...could you "cute up" some baby food jars? Remove the labels, paint the lids? Just a thought...cheaper than buying jars...if you know somebody with a baby that is :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

the gardener's cottage said...

now that is clever nita.

xo
janet

Lori Lucas said...

OH the cuteness of that. I just love it. You make it seem so simple....mmmmm!!! It goes perfectly in your kitchen. By the way, I am writing this from Guthrie! Love the Okie-can-do-spirit! Lori L

Louise said...

For some reason I can't copy the link from the sks website, but go to www.sks-bottle.com and look at the clear glass round bottle with lined aluminum caps, they come in all sorts of sizes, some very small spice size and seem to have good prices for buying in bulk . .they would look so pretty with a calligraphy label stuck on them on your SO CLEVER AND UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL spice rack!!

Mar said...

what a great idea! nicely displayed

Passionate for White said...

Very creative....love the look

French-Kissed said...

A very clever and practical repurpose...I applaud your creativity and inspiring us to think outside the box or in this case the casserole dish!

Jermiane

Michelle said...

OH MY GOODNESS...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. WOW...I'm good, but never this good. I love the kitchen idea, I love the bathroom idea. I'm absolutely going to use this idea.

Michelle
http://confessionsofaholidayjunkie.blogspot.com/

Dawn said...

Hi Nita...I absolutely love this diy. I swear if you had a show, I would watch it. I had to look at them twice. Dawn xo

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

You are a smart one! This is Adorable!

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Fabulously clever!!
Love it. They are so darn cute and so functional. Perfect combo.

Jess said...

I work not too far from where you live and I would almost bet that you got those trays at St. Vincent on 23rd. I seen those and thought what could I do with these, love them, but would they just sit. That is pure genius to think of hanging them. I hate most spice racks, but these would be killer. Bet I won't walk by them ever again! Thanks! And it is so fun seeing pics of homes that I have actually seen in person and always thought hmmm what does it look like inside? :)

clustres said...

That is a brilliant idea and I do love them!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Nita, How wonderful and creative! I've seen these in thrift stores but didn't know what to do with them. Fabulous!
xo,
Sherry

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Jess - I did get these at St. Vincent! How funny! You must have seen these very ones there.

Allison said...

You have the prettiest spice rack I have ever seen! Nita, you are so clever! It looks wonderful in your kitchen.

Haven Conner said...

Darling idea...I have several. And I never entertain these days...hummm...
Blessings,
Haven

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous idea!!! You are so creative, Nita! Now I want one too! Jana in Texas

24 Corners said...

Absolutely brilliant!! And beautiful!! Pure genius...
xo j~

Olive Cooper said...

Brilliant you are! On a totally different subject, but one you love, I bought very cool Halloween things at Tuesday Morning store on Monday. They are just now putting the Halloween items on the shelves.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

OMGoodness, Nita, what a fantastic idea! I love this! Your kitchen is amazing. I love it!

The DIY Show Off said...

Nita, your so dang creative! What a clever idea! Love it! :)

Roeshel

Jeanne Marie Tokunaga said...

Brilliant! They have some good spice jars at Cost Plus World Market, if they have one of those near you.

Modern Country Lady said...

What a super idea- I won't pass those trays by now, as I did in the past- I never knew what to do with it !!
Thank you so, so much for your kindness and comments on my blog about my lovely cat Gibson, I can't say how touched I was and how much I appreciate it in this difficult time.
Hugs
Bea

lisa said...

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/03-baby-food-jar-creations.jpg
How about these made out of baby food jars? Love your project and love you in general.
Hugs,
Lisa
theenchantedoven.blogspot.com

Linda said...

OH Nita...this is SO great...we will all be buying these (instead of passing them up) now! Very creative idea!

MCoffeeSnob said...

Adore!
Following so I can stalk your blog!
~m

Cindy said...

Nita, Your spice racks are brilliant, they look wonderful!
Hugs, Cindy

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

Ikea and World Market both have great prices on spice bottles.

Prior said...

so cool, I love to rethink junk! This is clever and original. Lezlee

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

This is such a cute idea! I love the little trim you added- nice touch. I don't know if you have a Cash and Carry in your area? They might have some pretty spice bottles. They have a lot of restaurant supply stuff. My other thought was Crate and Barrel? Thanks for sharing at Transformations and Treasures!

MommaHen said...

What a great idea!

"Create Beauty" said...

That is the most creative use of a tray I've ever seen! How marvelous!!!!! I love how you SEE things as new inventions : ) ... turning normal items into useful treasures!

~ Violet

Butterflies & Seashells said...

Great idea! I love those ...the little legs have such great details. I have some I put burlap in and made a monogram.

Great work.

Benita

Anonymous said...

Darling idea but not to be a debbie downer, by the stove is the WORST place to store spices. Too hot and creates moisture. To keep your spices nice and fresh, store them in a cool dark place.
Just a thought...

Tiff :o) said...

I love this idea! I see these at thrift stores all the time.

seanymph said...

Check out canning jars. There are some really small ones that might fit on those shelves. I dont exactly know the size of your shelf but if they fit they would all be uniform then :)

Silvergirl said...

great idea.. love it..

Barbara Jean said...

This is one of the sot unique ideas I've seen in a long time, and I love it!

I am always drawn to those silver bases, but do not buy them for lack of ideas.
Now I have one.

thanks and blessings
barbara jean

LDH said...

Fantastic project! Love your creativeness and the finished look! :)

Kindly, Lorraine

very merry vintage style said...

Great idea Nita! I've seen these casserole totes and have several of the round ones I'll feature in an upcoming post but couldn't think of anything to do with the rectangular ones.
Mary

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

Now, that's just genius! I've seen so many of those things in thrift stores and couldn't think of something to do with them. Now I probably won't be able to find them. lol

poindextr said...

you are so brilliant! I just love the way that looks in your kitchen - sheer genius!

tammylovesdishes said...

Fantastic idea! You are really creative.

You could try Penzey's spices. They sell glass spice jars in varying sizes.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Nothing thrills me more than to see something used "outside the box" and this really fits that category!! Fantastic and creative and just plain pretty!

Sarah said...

What a clever idea. These look great!

Katie said...

GENIUS! And so functional, too. I'm your newest follower thanks to Savvy Southern Style. Hope you enjoy my blog, too:

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Katie ;)

B.B. said...

What a great idea! This is an awesome look in the kitchen! I see so many of these at thrift stores and I never thought of this! Thanks for sharing your idea!

Sush said...

For small bits of spice how about the empty bottles of maple syrup from Cracker Barrel? If you don't like the plastic caps you can get small wine corks.

~Hugs~

April said...

Such a pretty idea, and your kitchen is lovely! I have the Target spice bottles, but have also seen quite the selection of empty bottles at World Market. . .they also have SPICES to put in them, and they're quite inexpensive!
:)

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Winner! Great idea, I see these in the thrift store a lot!
Susan

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

How creative! I've never seen anything so pretty for spaces. I'm surprised how much your wood pieces match the metal, too.

susie lavender said...

They are lovely but be aware that spices stored near a heat source lose their flavor faster than if stored someplace darker and cooler.

CAS said...

So clever and cute! I would try Old World Market for some spice jars. I've gotten there before.

Sandra said...

What a clever idea! I always see these trays at my local thrift store...I'm definitely making my stop there tonight (watch them be gone!).

You have a new follower. :)

Deborah said...

Oh my gosh, I love this idea! It is gorgeous! Try World Market, I think I remember them having some cute spice bottles.

Jenn Erickson said...

Absolutely, positively BRILLIANT!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Oh my I would have never thought of making something like that you are so creative!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Very creative!

Leslie said...

Inspiring YOU!
I see these silver casserole holders all the time!
Now I know how to use them!
I have these in my kitchen. I LOVE them:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40064702
They are mod. ;)
HUGS!

Tamra said...

That is sooooo cute. What a fantastic idea!!

Melisa said...

I love this!

Carolyn said...

The spice racks looks fantastic, and you've got the perfect position for them.

Pamela said...

LOVE this idea!!!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Fabulous idea.....love seeing new ways to bring practical charm into the home! xoxo, tracie

Shelia said...

I love this idea! You're just the smartest one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bonny@Spontaneousniceties said...

Cool! I love creative spice racks! Very nice!

Marsha S said...

how cool!!
you have me thinking....I need to figure out how to have my cooking spices beside the stove rather than in the cabinet on the other side of the fridge. Sure would be a lot more convenient.

Christina Marie said...

So very clever! I always see these at the thrift store but never get them because I don't know what to do with them, so thanks for the inspiration because now the wheels in my mind are turning:)

Anonymous said...

Didn't read all the comments, but if you haven't been, Penzey's Spices is incredible and their spice bottles are killer: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysjars.html

Love this idea!

Tattered Butterfly Studio said...

Your are so creative. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing on VR. I love your blog name. I have a style of painting furniture and it is :Vintage style for a modern life! I get your style.

Anonymous said...

Try looking for bottles at flea markets. However, I got mine at Pier 1 and made my own labels.

d e l i g h t said...

Great idea! I found one at a thrift store and plan to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Anonymous said...

As far as salt and pepper shakers, IKEA has a lot for sale at a reasonable price... I think I got a set of 4 for under $2.... glass with black plastic shaker tops...

 
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