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15 May 2009 @ 08:08 pm
What do I use this for? And a reminder.  
A few months ago, I brought home the cutest little cabinet in the world from the goodwill. Noticing how adorable it was, I said to myself "I'm sure I'll find a use for this!" It's been a long time, and I still haven't. So I was hoping you, saucy, thrifty folks could help me figure out what to use this for, so it doesn't go to waste.


I'm aware that the obvious use would be a spice rack, but all my spices are in tall containers like the one pictured, which would leave half the cabinet unused, and not enough room for all my spices. But if you have cheap and ingenious new container ideas for my individual spices that would let them fit in here, I'd love to hear about it.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone, if you live in a college town, move out day is coming! Look up when classes end and cruise by the student neighborhoods of your city, and I guarantee you the sidewalks will be overflowing with perfectly good furniture that students are abandoning to go home for the summer. I've gotten some truly spectacular couches this way, and many people I know have gotten working electronics. It's a great way to reduce waste and also find something really cool for your apartment or house. For those daring enough to try dumpster diving, there may be even more cool loot.
Cosmiacosmianaut on May 16th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
That is so beautiful! Is there anyway you could possibly mount it on a wall? I would personally use it to store fresh garlic and onion on the bottom and maybe place little knickknacks that are kitchen related on the top. Good luck. :)
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 17th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I should have said, it has little hooks on top, and is clearly for wall mounting. That's actually something I'd never considered. And I do use a lot of both when cooking.
shellasaurus rexshellasaurusrex on May 16th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
i've always enjoyed moving them to baby food jars. i have no children lol and baby food is good (some of them) so i pour my spices in to the clean and decorated glass jars. cheap and less expensive than buying ones made for spices!
Destructo Girl Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒslugaboo on May 16th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Haha, so you eat the baby food? IDK if I could do that.
dandelion wineamyakieran on May 16th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
It's soooo goood though! Like the banana kind!! NOM!!!!!
Destructo Girl Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒslugaboo on May 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Haha I can't say gross because I've never tried it but it doesn't sound too good :P
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on May 17th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
The best spice cake ever uses baby food fruits. :)
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Destructo Girl Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒslugaboo on May 16th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
LOL I bet you weren't a cool kid. Just a lucky guess ;)
The Guerrilla Aesthetegrrillaesthete on May 16th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
If you don't feel like eating the baby food (yuck!), you can request some on your local Freecycle/CL.

I WISH I needed more stuff for my house (and had a car right about now to use to boot). I love picking up found street treasures! This is the main reason my boyfriend won't let me get a truck, I have too much stuff "follow me home" as it is!
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 17th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Oh man, the one thing I think I'd use a car for is hauling back stuff to the house at times like this. I see all these people with absolutely perfect side-of-the-road stuff, and wish I could be one of them when it's more than 5 blocks from my house.
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 17th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
More power to you, and my sister did eat baby food as a large child (not exclusively), so I do know where you're coming from, but man, I don't know if I could do that...
goldbuggoldbug on May 16th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
It looks a lot like a cabinet I have in my bathroom. You could put different sized toiletries on the different shelf heights.
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 17th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
This has occurred to me, but I have more shelves in the bathroom than I actually use right now. Maybe a special little 'primping' cabinet though? It's so decorative, I feel it would have to have fancy lotions and soaps rather than toothpaste.
Bethany: Shopping!grrrrrrrrrrrowl on May 17th, 2009 07:23 am (UTC)
I think it would be a cool spice rack. I'm not sure of the interior dimensions of the shelves, but I did a quick glance online and thought these spice jars from Ikea might be adorable in it.
They are kind of like little curvy vases with glass lids with the rubber seal to keep the spices fresh for longer.

It would look like little works of art inside the cabinet, and you'd be able to see at a glance what each jar had inside. You could put little round stickers on the bottoms of each for the spices that look too similar to gauge by eye.
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 20th, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Oh man, that would be so so cute. However, I went to Ikea today for unrelated reasons and saw these. They're bigger than what I'm already keeping spices in.
Bethanygrrrrrrrrrrrowl on May 20th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
That stinks! :(

If you still think you'd want to use it for spices, either of these bottles may be an excellent option.
http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=140 (my favorite)


(I personally would buy 10 or 12 of them for the cabinet and put all the caps on some cardboard to spray paint them with a silver paint.)

Note: That site has great deals on all sorts of containers. If you wanted to pick one that was a bit smaller or larger, you could just browse around and find one that would work nicely.
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on May 17th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'd likely use it for teeny books. I have several very small books- like teeny cookbooks, and those little kitty/puppy/joke type books. And maybe leave one free for a candle or little vase or some such thing... a bundle of dried herbs... yeah, that's what it would be in my house.
I see colors like you hear jetplanescrocodiletears on May 20th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
oh wow... I have lots of books, and this never occurred to me.
Bethanygrrrrrrrrrrrowl on May 20th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Oooh. If you have little teeny cook booklets, you could use them like dividers if you did the little jars idea. Sweet spices over here. Savory over there. Staples here. Rarely used there. Etc.
Rune: Gary Palmoriginal_cliche on May 25th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
What about just putting votive candles in there - I bet it would be very pretty!
stardust and gindancinglights on May 27th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I have something very similar on the wall in my bathroom with various perfume bottles and ceramic creme fragrance jars in it. Mine came from goodwill, too. I wonder if the previous owners just never figured out what to do with them either :)
Diary of a Mad Womanschquee on November 5th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I know this is late, just found this neat community!
You can get a nice picture of a (fantasy?) landscape blown up to the size of the rack, cut it up and paste it to the back, so it's like a window into another place.
colletticus_mercolletticus_mer on March 26th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
like the "window to another place" idea, very cool. maybe put photogrwphs in the back and make it (what am i thinking of?) 3D frame? it would look pretty neat. is there anything you can think of that you neeed storage for? like spare keys... or er... something? good luck !