Having a chef as a husband = lots of herbs and spices. Most of our herbs were bought in big bulky containers too…restaurant grade of course. We even get gifted herbs and spices, it’s just the nature of who we are I guess! Our pantry is smaller than our coat closet (our one complaint with this house). And no spice rack has ever been large enough to accommodate the number of different spices we have going on in our cabinet. See…(and we have more stashed away!)
I got fed up with these taking up a whole cabinet, when we have other things crammed elsewhere because these spices were taking up so much room. I was walking around the hardware store and saw it…MAGNETIC PRIMER. This idea just popped into my head and I knew I had to do it! The back of this pantry door was destined to become a SPICE DOOR!
When buying this magnetic primer, make sure to have the paint person put the can in the shaker. The magnetic metal can clump up and it must be dispersed to apply evenly and give you a strong magnetic finish. Grab some extra stir sticks too, because you have to stir through out painting, more so than with regular paint.
The box the primer was packaged in and the can itself has pretty good directions. Either apply 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats. I did 3 (ok 4, I was paranoid) thin coats. This takes real guts and I suggest warning your spouse, significant other, roommate, who ever you live with, the back of the door is about to be BLACK for a few days…
Once you are finished applying all the coats of primer, time to return your door back to white or paint it some fun color you’ve always wanted to try. This took me 3 coats to accomplish. Use a label maker to print out labels for each of the spices. You will need to stick labels onto the magnetic containers or else a bunch of dried herbs are going to look the same! (The best deal I could find on magnetic containers was at IKEA, they have a 3 pack for $4.99)
Then fill your magnetic spice containers with the spices…which was tricky. I didn’t think about each herb and spice having a different density or weight to them. But they do. Some herbs I could fill the whole tin with and some I could only fill to a quarter. So don’t do what I did and fill every tin to the top with all your spices, because you will make a huge mess putting spoonfuls back into the bulk container.
Pop those babies onto the door and you are finish! Shew, thank goodness this worked out, or else we would’ve needed to buy a new door. And you maybe thinking, that isn’t very many spices…I have 30 more to go…yea…but, that cabinet is now EMPTY! 🙂