Frugal and Easy Essential Oil Storage {From an Upcycled Spice Rack}

Since joining Young Living Essential Oil’s distributor program in order to get a great discount on their oils, I have been slowly amassing my essential oil stockpile. It’s exciting, but it presented a new problem: where to put them. 

Enter the spice rack I purchased at a yard sale a while back for the measly little price of $2.00! I’d been hanging on to it for a while, intending to freshen it up a bit for a new purpose (not being useful for containing spices, in my opinion), but hadn’t gotten around to that little task yet.

As soon as I started pondering how I should handle my essential oil storage situation, I immediately thought of that old spice rack! It was perfect for the task on multiple levels:

  • It was just the right size to hold the bottles.
  • The open shelves make accessing the bottles easy!
  • I had a spot on my bathroom wall where it would fit perfectly.

However, it was quite ugly. That dark brown stain is not exactly my thing.

So I set out to beautify it with an “almond” colored spray paint. Easy task, yes? Well, unfortunately, either me or my can of paint was struggling because the paint came out all drippy and splotchy instead of in a smooth, even coat. I followed the instructions on the can exactly so I would like to say it wasn’t me… but it had been a long while since I’d spray painted anything.

Whatever the case, my final coat of paint resulted in a strange crackled texture that I found to be appalling initially. But the longer I looked at it, the more I liked it! It kind of gave an antiqued textured look to the spice rack, which was rather serendipitous in my opinion. I had originally planned to apply some sort of filigreed rub-on transfer to the shelves as a decoration, but I think I actually like this sort of shabby chic look better.

I have no idea how you can replicate this look yourself (ha!), but at any rate, I do think a coat of spray paint in the color of your choice will dress up an old spice rack (you can find them at thrift stores and yard sales all the time) to store your own essential oils (or any other small bottle that needs storage, like nail polish… or spices).

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  1. What a great idea! I have not one, but two, vintage spice racks that would suit my growing collection of EOs perfectly! Thanks for the suggestion!!

  2. What a GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing on how you store your essential oils!

  3. I had M’honey to drill out holes in a large piece of soft wood using 2 different size wood drill bits. I keep them in a wooden box that was already made and it keeps them at hand and ready to use.
    Love your idea.. cute!

  4. Oooo! Love this! Right now our EOs are sitting (or laying down) in a box I won at a baby shower. I’d love to find a great rack for it! Thanks for the idea!!! Love me some essential oils, too :)

  5. Did you sand the rack first? I think the bubbly-ness of the paint might be because the old finish was oil-based or something similar and the new paint doesn’t adhere well to that. It does have its own style of charm to it, though.

    Great idea to use the spice rack for EO’s!

    • No, I followed the advice of friends who spray paint everything and said no need to sand. That could definitely be it. But there really did seem to be something wrong with the way the paint was coming out of the can; it was dribbling everywhere. I think something was wrong with the nozzle.

  6. Oh wow, I thought the texture was intentional- I love it! It is very shabby chic & looks great.

  7. Oh, I love this!

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