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I’m excited to be sharing another great thrifty and practical makeover for the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge this month. If you’re into essential oils, this one is for you.
I’ve recently begun to use Young Living Essential Oils, in order to take steps in improving my own health as well as my family’s. I was so tired of taking medicine everyday for headaches and an achy neck and back. One way I’ve been able to back off of that is by using these essential oils. I know that there are many types on the market, and I did tons of homework before I decided on Young Living. But, that’s for an entirely separate post that I’ll share soon.
As I’ve grown my collection of oils, it became quickly apparent I was going to need a place to store them. I searched Pinterest, Amazon, and Etsy and admittedly found several styles of storage shelves that are really cute. Many had been made of spice racks, which I (of course) had just donated about 4 of them to Goodwill this past Spring.
I did however, pick up this vintage spoon holder a few weeks ago at our local thrift shop for only $1.99 and just knew I’d be able to paint it and use it in my home.
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I remember my grandmother having a vintage spoon holder just like this, with actual spoons hanging on it. I still have several spoons I collected as a child when we would travel to see her, and had all intentions of using this spoon rack for it’s purpose when I purchased it.
When I took a longer look, and realized this would be a great means of meeting my essential oils storage needs, I realized the spoons could wait.
How to Create a Storage Shelf for Essential Oils from a Vintage Spoon Holder
Supplies & Tools:
- Vintage spoon shelf (like these on Etsy)
- Aleene’s Quick-Dry Wood Fusion Glue
- Pretty Contact paper
- Palm Sander
- Paint brush
To begin, I sanded the shelves with a palm sander. Nothing drastic, just enough to roughen them up a little so the glue would stick.
Next, I cut a piece of corner molding into the exact length to sit flush over the shelves.
I chose this product because I wanted the shelves to have a little lip to hold the oils in place.
I found a (new to me) product by Aleene’s called Quick-Dry Wood Fusion. It works like super glue, except it’s specifically for wood.
Just add the glue, and hold it in place for about a minute.
The shelves are stuck fast, and haven’t moved and inch.
Next, I traced the entire outline of the shelf onto some pretty contact paper.
Then, I painted the entire shelf in white.
When it was dry, I cut out the contact paper pattern to size, to fit on the back of the shelf.
In a few of the areas the paper didn’t stick down very well, I used regular Elmer’s glue to hold it in place.
I see spoon shelves like these often at my local thrift shops, but they’re fairly easy to find online on Etsy or Ebay.
And what a fantastic before & after transformation!
You may think that the gaps in the shelf would effect how well the oils stand up, but the bases of the oils are wide enough that mine haven’t tipped over at all.
This shelf is now so decorative and pretty, I hung it above my dresser by my bed.
As my essential oils collection grows, I’ll be on the lookout for more of these shelves to hang in my bathroom as well.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
If you’re interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, and would like more information about how to begin your own journey towards wellness, send me a quick message, I’d love to chat!