A Little Spice and Everything Nice

We bought them at an antique show last Spring.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

We loved them their shape, their old labels, and scent of old spice.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

All eleven of them even had their original stoppers!

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

We thought the box they were displayed in was included in the price, but the dealer said ‘no’.

We almost didn’t buy them for that reason.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

But we did buy them.  We didn’t how we would display them, but we knew we would figure it out.  Until then, we stored them snugly in a kitchen cupboard.

Almost forgot about them.

Until recently.

Hello spice bottles.  Hello same quandary.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

We still needed a box, a shelf, a display of some kind.

We almost bought a crate, but then, a thought.  Why not use my old seed box?

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

It was not-in-good shape when I bought it years ago.  Age and moves had deteriorated it to a point where I almost considered throwing it away.

The lid was barely attached with one piece of leather and the top was dry and cracked.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

It sure looked like it would work.  Yes, it did seem so.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

We decided to install a miniature plate rail to the box as a precaution against inadvertent bumps and subsequent shattering.

Then, a fresh coat of stain made the old box look rich.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

Insert our old spice bottles and some raffia.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

We hung it on the wall next to our pantry.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

I like looking at them as I pass by.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

I say, “Hello, Spice Bottles.”

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

Not really.  I don’t do that.

A Little Spice and Everything Nice - Living Vintage

The seed box lid?   After a few coats of Mod Podge, it’s now hanging above a doorway in our kitchen, displaying its pretty illustrations for as long as it can.

an old seed box lid displayed in our kitchen - Living Vintage

an old seed box lid displayed in our kitchen - Living Vintage

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Comments

  1. I would never have thought to nestle the bottles in raffia! What a clever way to display your vintage spice bottles! And I’m drooling over the Big Red sign hanging above your spice rack.

    • Thanks, Vickie! The raffia was my husband’s idea. :) At first I didn’t like it, but it’s grown on me. All of my old signs remind me of something — the ‘Big Red’ sign reminds me of my brother who has bright red hair.

  2. I love the lid of the seed box – such beauty. Also love those spice bottles – I would definitely have purchased them also.

  3. Nice! Those are beautiful bottles. I keep my spices in an old Coleman’s Mustard box with a hinged lid. It hangs on the wall, and I can just lift the lid and get to my (less attractive) spice jars. My husband put a shelf in the middle so I can fit another row. Your project reminded me of my container. Love those old graphics!

    • How funny and ironic! That’s a great idea! I’d love to see a photo sometime. I’ve been thinking about doing a blog post about unique spice racks. :)

  4. I love it all, and I especially like that you were able to display the back/bottom of box. And if I had those spice bottles, I think I would say “hello spice bottles” when I pass by.

    • Yeah, I had seen a lot of boxes mounted to the wall and used as shelves on Pinterest . . . which gave me my idea. I guess I should have shared that, huh? I do look at them a lot when I pass by, that’s for sure.

  5. Love your display! Wonderful idea!!

  6. just darling!!!

  7. What a beautiful display!

  8. Dang, Kum, you guys are such an awesome team. This little project looks great. And your whole house overhaul post (the exterior)…wow, just wow. Such impressive diy’ers you guys are.

  9. I love how you work and live!

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