Spice Rack Makeover: Thrift Shop Flip

I’ve said before that I’m a sucker for gingham, so when I spotted this vintage spice rack, filled with jars that had gingham lids, at a thrift store – it was a given that it was coming home with me.

thrift store spice rack - KnickofTime.ne


I wasn’t crazy about the color of the wood, and it looked a bit blah, but the shape reminded me of the wall shelf I made over last year with a Milk & Cream Co. image on it, so I thought I’d give this one a little farmhouse makeover too.

It took a few coats of white paint (brush painted) to cover it.

white painted spice rack - KnickofTime.net

I printed a milk bottle cap image (the milk cap printables are here), cut it out and made sure it fit the space at the top (it did).

milk cap image for spice rack - KnickofTime.net

On the front side of the image, I used a paintbrush to apply a coat of  Modge Podge Transfer Medium (affiliate link), the smoothed it down on the wood, making sure there weren’t any bubbles.

It’s important not to get any of the transfer medium on the blank back side of the image, or the transfer process won’t work.

spice rack with image transfer - KnickofTime.net

I used a blow dryer to speed up the drying time, but you can just let it completely dry overnight as well.

Saturate the paper with water, then gently begin rubbing the paper off, revealing the image transferred onto the wood.

Update the look of an old spice rack with an image transfer. Tutorial at KnickofTime.net

The transfer came out perfectly!

upcycled vintage spice rack with milk bottle cap image transfer - KnickofTime.net

The red print on the milk cap image really ties in well with the cute gingham lids, and this spice rack is rockin’ the farmhouse look now! 🙂

I’ll be listing it in my Etsy shop in a day or two, in case you’re in the market for a cute farmhouse style spice rack!

Give an outdated thrift store spice rack a farmhouse makeover with a milk cap image transfer. Tutorial at KnickofTiem.net

Also available in my shop is this Rosemary & Thyme spices rack.  It’s available here.

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And you’ll find these vintage style pantry label printables here.

Vintage Pantry Labels - KnickofTime.net

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  1. So adorable! The red label and red lids are perfectly nostalgic together.

  2. That is super cute and I’m a sucker for gingham too. I just love this happy makeover.

  3. This is so darn cute! Great transformation!

  4. Hi Angie – Seriously… it’s like you complete me!!! When I saw the feature picture, I thought that was the way you bought it and it was the way you made it. I have a vintage one that is very similar to your after. SPOT ON my friend! Hugs, Holly

  5. Just to cute and adds that perfect touch to a farmhouse.

  6. How cute! Love the red and white…such a pretty re-do!

  7. You know I’m a sucker for anything that has a vintage milk bottle label on it. Looks terrific! I’m sure it will be gone the minute you list it on Etsy.

  8. Very nice Angie and those gingham lids are perfect!

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