Storing herb and spice containers in the kitchen cabinet keeps them behind closed doors. However, they are usually not easily accessible when needed. A nice-looking spice rack installed over the stove creates an attractive area in the kitchen and keeps spices close at hand. With the right materials and a little time, nearly anyone can create this spice rack.
You will need:
• 22-gauge sheet metal
• Watchmaker cases (enough to have one for each spice)
• Two-part epoxy mixture
• Sheet metal screws
• Tape measure
• Permanent marker or label maker
• Scrap wood
• Work gloves
Step 1: Choose a location for the wall-mounted spice rack. If there is not enough room over the stove, look for a large enough spot under kitchen cabinets to the side of the appliance. Take rack measurements and have a hardware or home improvement center cut the sheet metal to these dimensions.
Step 2: Tap a guide dent into each corner of the metal, using a nail and hammer. These dents prevent the drill bit from skidding when it hits the metal.
Step 3: Lay the metal on the scrap wood. Drill a hole through each guide dent.
Step 4: Hold the sheet metal against the wall where it will be placed and use the pencil to mark the wall where each hole is located. Use the level to help ensure proper positioning. Hang the metal on the wall by driving a sheet metal screw through each hole.
Step 5: Attach a magnet to the back of each watchmaker case with the epoxy mixture. Allow five minutes for each case to dry.
Step 6: Remove the lid of each case. Add one spice per case and replace the lids.
Step 7: Label the lid of each spice container with the name of the spice it holds. A permanent marker or label maker is a good way to do this.
Step 8: Attach each spice case to the sheet metal, organizing the cases in the most convenient manner.