Time for a house project! I just realized that I also haven’t uploaded photos of my pantry organization so I’ll have to do that next! I didn’t really come up with this idea on my own, I saw a YouTuber talk about her DIY spice drawer, I thought I’d do something similar with my own twist. I realized quickly that I’m not that smart because I’ve actually seen someone on Pinterest do something really similar as well. Oh well, to each their own. Here’s to a day of thinking I was creative!
Anyway, this is a really easy project and I’ll show you how to do an even simpler version below if you like the idea but want something quicker and easier. You can really do this however you want (replace with different jars, use different labels, etc) so let your imagination run wild (or at least think you are…). This all looks like a lot of work, but it was pretty simple and really quick (if you don’t count dry time) and it wasn’t too expensive, either.
4oz & 8oz ball jars (Amazon)
Spray paint colors of your choice (Amazon)
Plastic drop cloth (Amazon)
Black primer spray paint (optional) (Amazon)
Black chalkboard paint (Amazon)
Contact paper (Amazon)
Drawer bins (Dollar Tree)
Chalk pen (Amazon)
Note About Supplies
Amazon Prime was easiest way for me to get most of the items, which is why I went that route. However, I’ve seen awesome jars from Ikea, for instance, so don’t feel like you have to go with that. Also, the cheapest 8oz jars were from WalMart and I ordered from their website and had them delivered to my store for free in just a couple of days. I also bought mini spray paint cans to cut cost & waste, but you can find all the spray paints (including chalk paints) at places like Lowes or Home Depot. You can get the drawer bins from anywhere, but I love how it’s separate from the rest of the drawer to store measuring spoons. I did also add an extra bin for extra ball jar storage. Contact paper is also optional, but I thought it was a fun addition. You can always use wrapping paper if you don’t want to spend anything extra on drawer liner.
We started by sorting out all the tops of lids (for chalk paint) and then separated the rims of the lids into 3 groups for the 3 different colors. I personally think the bright colors are completely awesome, but if you want to be boring, you totally can. 🙂
The primer step is completely optional, but I think it will last a little longer since I’m actually writing on them and erasing them and such. We only did 1 light coat of the black primer and it dried pretty quickly.
We then started with light layers of the colors. You can see that we kept them close and layers thin. It helped to prevent them from running and it only took about 3 coats total. They also dried really quickly since we did such light coats. We did 2 coats at the spacing you see, just to get a good layer down. After that, we let dry overnight then in the morning we spread them out more to do 1 good final coat. We also put on the final coat of chalk paint (we did 1 primer, 2 coats chalk paint – these were all done in the evening with about 1 hour dry time in between each coat).
We put on the final coat in the am, and by the PM we could bring in the house to put the lids on and label. I just took my chalk pen and wrote on the lids with no problem and started filling jars. A couple of tips: make sure to wash out all your jars prior to use and get extra jars for your collection to grow. We were really surprised at how much spices the jars could hold since they looked so big, but the smaller 4oz jars just fit smaller spice containers barely and we also had some that were used so it fit in the smaller jars. I used way more of the 8oz than I was expecting because I didn’t realize how much it held. I’d suggest looking at your spice collection to see what you think you will use most of and adjust how you buy your jars.
Before we even started, I laid everything out in the drawer just to get a feel for how it would fit. The jars fit nicely and it looked better based on the number of jars I knew I’d need to use a larger drawer rather than a smaller drawer. It will depend on your spice collection, space you have and such for how many you can fit. I’ve seen people use skinnier smaller jars that were more compact or they weren’t spice hoarders like I am!
Then, it was just a matter of filling the jars and labeling the lids! It turned out really cool and it’s really functional. Love how now I can see all my spices (we alphabetized them) and it’s easy to get a measuring spoon in while cooking. You can really cut down on supplies and time if you don’t paint the lids and you go with chalkboard stickers instead of paint. Word of caution is that I was going to do this initially but the ball jars are a little bit bigger than the normal spice jar label so make sure you get the appropriate size (I believe it’s 2.5″). You can also skip the drawer liner and do any kind of box for the measuring spoon holders. You can make it as fun or just strictly business as you need. What’s great is you can customize it, erase labels and have room to grow! Hope more people try this out!