DIY Kitchen Cabinet Spice Rack (Easy!)

I am currently taking part in A Bowl Full of Lemons Home Organization Challenge.  She doesn’t mess around – she starts with the kitchen!  Yikes!  Now, my kitchen isn’t disorganized, per se, but I do have one or two problem areas that I’ve been wanting to tackle.  One of those areas is the cabinet that holds my spices (among other things).  I’ve always just stored my spices in plastic boxes.  This works fine for the spices that I don’t use on a regular basis, but for the other half of my spice collection that I use regularly this system has been a real PITA.  I decided to make job #1 this week to find a solution to this problem.

Here’s the before… the spices are taking up about 90% of the bottom shelf.  You can’t see it easily in the picture, but there are two plastic containers on that shelf that hold most of my spices.  To get to them, you had to remove the large spice containers from the front.  Not an efficient system to say the least!

I knew the best solution for what I wanted to accomplish was a spice rack with multiple shelves inside my cabinet door.  However, all the commercial ones I saw were either not the right dimensions and would hit the inside shelves (hence preventing the door from shutting) or, in the case of individual shelves, were much deeper than I needed.  Not to mention, they all cost more than I was hoping to spend!  I decided the best solution was to make these myself using materials I had on hand.  Had I bought the wood new I would have only spent about $8.00 for all three shelves!  The whole project only took a few hours – most of that time was waiting for glue or stain to dry

Here are the materials I used per each 14″ shelf:

  • 1 – 14″ long 2 1/2″ x .25″ board (bottom piece)
  • 1 – 14.5″ long 1 1/2″ x .25″ board (back piece)
  • 2 – 2.5″ long 1 1/2″ x .25″ boards (side pieces)
  • 1 – 14.5″ long 3/16″ wooden dowel
  • Plus wood glue, 2 1/2″ screws, stain or paint

The assembly process is easy.

Cut all your wood pieces (see dimensions, above).

Drill a 3/16th” hole through all the short pieces of wood.  Drill the hole near the corner.  These are the side pieces of your shelf and the hole is for slipping the dowel through.  TIP: Clamp all your side pieces together before drilling so that the hole is located in a uniform position on each piece.

STEP 3 (optional):
Put a coat of stain on all your pieces.  I find this makes it easier in the long run.  If you are planning to paint instead of stain your shelf I would suggest skipping this step as the glue may have trouble adhering to the wood surface.

Place an end piece on each end of the wood dowel.  DO NOT GLUE!  The dowel should fit snugly into the holes.

Glue the bottom, back, and side pieces together using wood glue.  I recommend securing with clamps until it is dry.

Apply a second coat of stain, or apply paint, to finished shelf.  Allow it to dry.

Remove the dowel and set aside (this is down to make it easier to screw the shelf to the cabinet door).  Attach the shelf to the cabinet using two 1/2″ screws.  I recommend pre-drilling the holes and using a level to make sure the shelf is straight.  Once complete, replace the dowel.

You are now ready to load up your spice shelves with your favorite spices!

How do you store your spices?  Share your tips below or on my Facebook page!


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