Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Recycled and Repurposed Jars

Sometimes it just takes a little elbow grease to transform something everyday into something attractive. I purchased this wall mounted spice rack at a thrift store. It was very old and tired looking. The jars had really old outdated spices in them and the wood rack was stained a dark tone. I was attracted to the detail of the rack and the size and square shape of the jars. I knew I could use it in my craft studio. I painted and lightly distressed the rack and cleaned out the jars. I wish I had taken a before shot, but I know you have all seen something similar around.

I decided to use it for my 'holeless' beads so I could keep them all together in one place, easily visible. Since the top was nice and flat I could also use it to hold some of my smaller jars of the tiny holeless beads. I also placed a cute little round salt shaker filled with the beads on top alongside a color sample board.

This hangs in my studio, clearly visible, reminding me that I have the beads when I need them and I immediately know what colors I have. I have lots of jars of beads which I will share with you in a later post. This keeps my holeless beads separate from the others.
Spice jars make wonderful storage for small items you want to keep visible. Watch thrift stores and/or garage sales for an old set that you can repurpose. I know you scrapbookers and other beaders could find a use for these!


In the Light of the Moon said...

What an excellent transformation..I see shelves like this in crafts stores for tons of money!!Warmest Regards,Cat

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

That's the thing that gets me so excited Cat. You can get a fabulous look without spending a lot of cash plus you help the environment by sending one less item to the landfill!

Your comments are all greatly appreciated and I want to thank you for them. It's good to know I'm not all alone in cyberworld and I love to receive feedback. Best wishes! Connie

PRISCILLA MAE et al said...

Another great idea!