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Oh-ho ho Pretty Beads... Craft Room Organization

13 April 2010

What movie is the first part of that title from?  Anyone?

Cinderella, can't you just see Gus-Gus getting all excited about the beads for Cinderelly and the big fat Lucifer running over to sit on the necklace?....

Anyway,  I have been trying to organize my craft rooms for months.  A while back, I decided that all interior items(meaning not tools in the garage) that have anything to do with creativity needed to be in one space.  So, I started collecting from around my house.  It is amazing how far the paintbrushes and watercolor paper have been from each other for so long.

Well, it is not like I work on the space everyday, or even every other day but I have been working on my craft room for MONTHS now.  It has been whipping me good!  I go in there to clean it and end up making a bigger mess than I started with, get discouraged, shut the door and leave it for another week or two.  (obviously, I haven't been using it for crafting, let alone using any of the junk I am storing...)

I am all over the place with this post, and I am about to go even further.  A few weeks ago, I went to a thrift store and found this great 3 leveled spice rack with the cutest little glass bottles, with glass stoppers. (I already have two similar spice racks unused at my house- I may have a problem!, no I don't have time to see a counselor!)  And I thought I could use it for my craft room.  Here is what I did.


This was it, I think I got it for $4.00-ish. I dumped all the spices, then took them all apart carefully and cleaned the little bottles like crazy- say no to curry smelling beads!

After it looked like this:

I decided to paint it the same color as my the peg board ( I had like 2 tablespoons of paint left, it worked out perfectly) .  There are a lot of things going on this peg board and I wanted it to not be too busy looking... We'll see if I succeed.

How I did it:
I sanded off the word Spices before painting, and rubbed a few of the edges with a candle.  Then I painted really thin coats with a foam brush (no brush marks!), not really attempting to cover it all, I wanted an older sorta look.  After I felt it was covered enough, I just buffed the edges where I had used the candle with a rag.  (that paint came right off to the original finish, without sanding down to fresh wood.

Then, I filled it up with beads, she looks so beautiful now!  (and I feel like I need to go buy more beads so that you can see them a little better)  But for now here it is.

What do you think?

P.S.  Sorry that I have been sorta absent from my blog lately.  I had an emergency family trip come up about 2 weeks ago and have been out of town for those 2 weeks, I just barely got back.  It was unplanned and I was unprepared, so my blog has suffered a little, and honestly it may take me a few weeks to catch up with projects to show you.  But I will have a ton of great guests so please keep coming by.

If any of you have any tutorials you would like to share with everyone, send me a link!  I would love to show off your work, and I could really use some help.  Also, I will be featuring more of your party projects with the help of the Mr. R.


DeeDee April 13, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

I have always loved those little bottles ...what a great idea....nicely done

Suzanne April 13, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

Best idea I've seen in awhile. Love the makeover -- such a great place to put beads or scrapbooking supplies!

Kerstin April 13, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

Great Idea! I have a the coolest spinning spice rack I got for my wedding, but I never have used them and I think most are bad. I haven't wanted to throw it out, but haven't known what to do. You've solved my problem! I'll send you the link when I get it done!


L ~DIY Diva~ April 13, 2010 at 9:37 AM  

very nice! i like it much better as a bead organizer. I'll have to search goodwill for a spice rack to transform.

judi April 13, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

hi cassity,
would you mind if i just copied and pasted your blog post on mine cuz you were writing this about me, right?? ...oh you weren't? ...oh wow...you sure could have!! (hehe)
as i was reading about how you've been working on your craft room, i was amazed since i could have penned those exact words! my craft studio has whooped me good and i do get discouraged and close the door but i am determined to win the battle, no matter what.
i have whittled away a bit at a time just like you and have made some great improvements on organization-love the re-purposed spice rack idea, the color, & how you hung it on your pegboard.
keep the ideas coming cuz i'm listening!
judi ;)

Pam April 13, 2010 at 10:52 AM  

The words are from cinderella. spoken by gus the mouse. my daughter has made me watch that a million times.

scargosun April 13, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

What a wonderful organizing trick! Those beads look so pretty out in the open.

Sarah Sarniak April 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

This is fantastic! What's crazy is I have a spice rack/bottles that look almost exactly like this. I got them from a garage sale for about $3. So I might give this a try.

shindylahoe April 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM  

You know what would be awesome? If you were to put chalk board paint labels on the little jars. :)

Ms. Bake-it April 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

I knew the words sounded familiar! I love how you put the beads in the spice jars on the rack. They look great! Love it. I used to have one like that but am not sure I still have it, better check my attic.

~ Tracy

Kelley April 13, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Genius! Just goes to show you really have to look to what something can be and not what it is... great idea.

Have a good week!

leelea April 14, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

I am jealous!! I have been redoing my craft room too and have been hunting high and low for one of these!!!! I love what you did to yours!!!!

bj April 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

This is a FANTASTIC idea. I just saw one of these at the thrift store for $2.00...since I am NOT crafty, I didn't think of it as holding pretty beads...bummer !!

Sherry April 19, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

Looks great. There is just something about glass jars/bottles all lined up with the glass sparkling that looks fantastic.

Condo Blues April 19, 2010 at 11:19 AM  

so cute! My beads are stored in old medicine bottles and baby food jars. Not as cute, but useful.

Judy @ In His Grip April 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

This is great, and who does not have an old spice rack around. I think everyone I know recieved one of these as a wedding gift.

CIELO April 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

Beautiful displays...and thanks for taking the time to play and show your cottage at "Show Off Your Cottage Monday".... would love to see our little logo... ;)


Atelier de Charo April 19, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Love your proyect, all organized in beautiful bottles.

Great idea!!

raggygirlvintage April 19, 2010 at 7:31 PM  

Oh I am jealous, I'm always planning my storage but never quite get to organise it! Great idea:-)

Amy Bowman April 19, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

That is so very cool. I found some of these bottles from a garage sale last year, I was going to use them for spices, but now I'm rethinking that!!
Can't wait to see what else in going on that pegboard...I am intrigued by that idea, too!!
Thanks for linking up to "Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays"

Kate April 20, 2010 at 7:23 AM  

I absolutely love it! Looks great and I think the spice rack was a terrific idea.

ann marie April 20, 2010 at 8:23 AM  

Those spice jars make for a beautiful display! It must be wonderful to see all your beads at one glance.

Lori E April 20, 2010 at 8:46 AM  

Brilliant, take your craft items and turn them into art before you actually turn them into art.

Kristi April 20, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

LOVE this idea! I am so going yard-saleing and thrift shopping this weekend, I just have to make one for my room!

Polly C April 20, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

I found the exact same thing at a garage sale! I'm using it for a slightly different purpose though.
Check it out!


Denise Marie April 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM  

you freakin' rock...everything you do is amazing! I have to do this now for my mom who is into beading. Maybe I can find one by June 5th and give for her birthday. TFS!!

Dirty Hands-Beautiful Life April 20, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Great idea!!

Stopping by from Coastal Charm...

I want to invite you to my first Shop Your House party at DirtyHands,BeautifulLife starting Wednesday April 28th!


Amber April 20, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

How funny I did this same thing! I like your hint about the wax on the edges before painting that was great!

Marie April 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM  

Hello - I'm a new follower via Tip Junkie! I am really kicking myself now that I think back on how many spice jar racks just like yours I've passed up at garage sales and thrift stores! What a clever idea you've come up with! I love all the little bottles just glimmering with lots of shiny things. And a great way to store/display your craft supplies. Now I'm going to keep my eye out for one!


Marianne April 20, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Such a cool idea. Organizing a room like this always takes time, but the end result is usually always so worth it. By taking your time you will find the solutions that really works for you and that you will really love.

Queen of Dreamsz April 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM  

Just perfect...great transformation..I've got to watch for these!

I'm visiting for Three or More Tuesday..would love to have you drop by when you have a chance.

Have a wonderful day...

Stephanie ♥

Sandy April 20, 2010 at 7:09 PM  

Nice new view of those little bottles on the rack... nice idea!



{All Thingz Related} April 20, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Great thinking! I have a spice rack just like that except when I bought it, it didn't have bottles with it. What kind of luck do I need to find some to fit? :( Thanks for sharing with us @ ANYTHING RELATED!

Ann @ makethebestofthings April 21, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

Beautiful idea! I have the shelf but not the bottles so they are on my "hunt" list. Love the way this came out!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine April 21, 2010 at 11:43 AM  

That blends in perfectly! I have some of those same jars that I bought at a garage sale...just no rack to put them in - guess I will have to keep my eyes peeled for one.

LaVonne April 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

I love it. It looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing the post.


Anonymous,  April 21, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

Great minds must think alike. I just did something similar with a spice rack I found thrifting. :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions April 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

I think it looks great! I love the idea of using old spice jars like these to hold little crafty supplies. Usually they get lost in a bigger one and I like that you can actually see what's inside each jar.

Gretchen April 21, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

As a jewelry designer beads are always at a premium at my studio, and this is a fabulous way to corral some. Love what you've done and think it is way cool the way you finished treated it. Stop by and check out my blog if you have time. I did a mannequin make-over for the blog party.

CraftyMummy April 21, 2010 at 7:34 PM  

So gorgeous! I love that it matches the peg board.
Just popped over from Creations by Kara

Goings on at the Glenn's April 21, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

Cinderella of course! I love that movie. And I love Gus Gus! Your jars look wonderful! What a great idea. Stopping by from Creations by Kara.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating April 21, 2010 at 10:42 PM  

Wow, what a transformation! Looks great! I'm your newest follower. :)

Thanks for joining my Flaunt it Friday party! Hope to see you back this week! :)

Summer April 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday! Be sure to come grab a featured button!



Nicole R.J. April 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

That is such a cute display! I think I'd need about 20 racks to house all my beads, but oh it's tempting just to have a few pretties on show!

Coloradolady April 23, 2010 at 10:34 AM  

Really great makeover....I would have never thought of that! Such talent. Have a great weekend.

Jerri April 23, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Looks wonderful! What a great way to organize! If you have time, I'd love for you to come by and link up for my Friday Favorites party!

FLOWERSHOPGURL April 23, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

Hi, Love the way you turned an old spice rack and jars into a great display/organizational piece for your supplies. I just bought an armoire and plan on using if for all my scrapbooking and card making supplies. I have lots of ideas on how I want to do the inside of the cabinet and I think jars will be a big part of it. I'll try to post some photos when I'm done. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me today...

Andy Porter April 23, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

The jars look fantastic! I have tons of little buttons from my Grandma that I've been trying to figure out what to do with. I really like this idea!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles April 23, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

This is so perfect!! I always see old spice racks at my local thrift shop, but never knew what to do with them.....thanks for the inspiration :)

Fanchy April 23, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

AH.MAY.ZING! I would have never had thought to repurpose a spice rack in that way. I must hit my Goodwill this weekend to try to find one of my own!!!! Wow -
Thanks for the inspiration!
Jen @ Noting Grace

rosebud and bluebells April 24, 2010 at 5:14 AM  

What a wonderful project, looks fabuluous - I love the "say no to curry beads"

Katherine @ Grass Stains April 24, 2010 at 1:20 PM  

I love it! It looks like a display in a STORE! So professional and adorable. Great job!

Threeundertwo April 24, 2010 at 3:43 PM  

I'm adding "spice cabinet" to my list of thrift store searches now. What a brilliant idea. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen April 24, 2010 at 11:21 PM  

Just such a fabulous idea as usual! It looks so good painted!~ What a transformation!

Cheers from Wanda Lee

Chari at Happy To Design April 25, 2010 at 11:51 AM  


Ohhh...what a great idea! Not only is the repurposed spice rack and bottles a great storage solution but the beads look sooo pretty displayed! I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it with us today for Sunday Favorites!

I'm so glad that you decided to join in with Sunday Favorites "One Year" birthday party! Thanks for coming by and thank you for the sweet note and well wishes!!!

Have a super Sunday and best wishes with the gift card giveaway!

Chari @Happy To Design

Gay Vaughan April 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM  

Thank you for joining my hodgepodge party! I love it! I hope you will join again.

Room to Inspire April 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

Oh, I am in love! I am going to be on the hunt for spice jars so I can organize all of those little things that end up in my craft room! Thanks for linking up to Be Inspired last week!


Rory April 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

Jerri April 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

I'm still loving this! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence April 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM  

That is a great idea for storage--I used to find these a lot though, and don't see them as often anymore. Thanks for linking up!

One Life Many Journeys May 17, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

What a pretty way to display and use your beads. I will have to look at the thrift shops for something similar. Thanks for inspiring!

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