IKEA Spice Racks as Desk Organizers

Friday, May 22, 2015 by

So I wonder if anyone uses the IKEA BEKVAM spice racks as spice racks?  Not if Pinterest is any indicator. Maybe IKEA will start selling them in a different part of the store someday. 

IKEA Spice Rack as Desk Organizer Hack

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A little while ago I posted about my inspiration to update my kid’s bedroom from toddler to tween.  I already showed you how I organized the closet with a laundry system and chalkboard labels here.  Now let’s revisit the update with this little desk organizer DIY.  (You may have seen a sneak peek here on Instagram.)

It’s a tiny bedroom, as I said, and I moved a console table from elsewhere in the house into the room to use as a desk.  (It was from IKEA too but they no longer sell this model.  I’m using this console table in it’s place now.)  The upside of using a console table as a desk is that it takes up minimal floor space, but the downside is it has minimal work space.  So I decided to move as much storage off the desk surface as possible to make more room to work.

Desk Organizing with Dollar Store Containers

* homework space *


IKEA spice racks + milk paint + the dollar store to the rescue. 

IKEA Spice Rack as Desk Organizer Hack

* finished project *

Rather than leave the bare wood, I decided to paint the shelves with Coal Black milk paint.  Milk paint adheres so well on bare wood, and with the powdered form you can mix your own consistency to make it as sheer or opaque as you  want.  I mixed it according to the package directions and it left just some of the grain showing through after two coats.  I finished it with a coat of clear furniture wax.

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* mix with water * paint two coats * wax on *

Assemble  it according to the handy IKEA instructions.  If you’re not an experienced IKEA assembler, don’t worry.  I promise you this is one of the very easiest assemblies to do.  Trust me I’ve seen the whole gamut, right up to full-on kitchen assembly.

Then for storage in the spice racks, I bought these dollar store pencil containers which fit perfectly inside the shelf.  Three of the containers fit easily into one of the shelves, four containers fit perfectly!  Tip:  don’t buy the more expensive versions from the organizing stores, they’re too wide to fit! 

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* storage for all your desk needs *

So there you have an inexpensive and attractive storage solution for a small desk surface.  The hardest part is finding the IKEA spice racks in stock.  Seriously.

IKEA Spice Rack as Desk Organizer Hack

* big reveal *

More links to love:


IKEA BEKVAM spice racks

Spice racks as craft storage

10 ways to use BEKVAM spice racks all over the house

Organizing a student desk

West Elm cage light hack

Also don’t forget to hop back to this post for your chance to win a set of handmade, original photography greeting cards from my newly opened Etsy shop.  The contest runs till Monday, good luck!

Personally Andrea Etsy Shop cards

* etsy cards *

As always, thanks so much for stopping by to read!  I hope you’ve been inspired to tackle a simple organizing job.

See you next time!
xo andrea

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You had me at hello…and a giveaway

Monday, May 18, 2015 by

Hi there everyone!  Can you believe we’re halfway through May already?  Where does the time go?  

So, “you had me at hello…”  Quick, name that movie.  Or if you happen to be a guy reading this (like Mr.P.  who totally always never maybe reads this blog…)  Show me the money!!!   Isn’t it crazy how a movie can be reduced to just one line?  So this post isn’t going to be about THAT movie.  But it will be about how you can have someone at hello too.

Personally Andrea Etsy Shop cards

* hello… *


My Mom’s Homemade Iced Tea Recipe

Saturday, May 9, 2015 by

Hi there friends!  We spent last weekend finally getting the patio and deck furniture out of storage.  It was even hot enough to sit out and enjoy it for awhile.  Are you anticipating hotter days too?  It got me to thinking about a quick recipe I always meant to share on this blog, so here it is…  my Mom’s homemade iced tea.

My Mom's Homemade Iced Tea Recipe

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5 Ways to Photograph Flowers

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by

Hey everyone!  Recently I’ve been going back into my photo library to dig out some floral photos (see what I kinda did there?).  Maybe it’s because I’m longing for some colourful outdoor photos again.  But I also found lots of photos I had taken of cut flowers and greenery indoors too.  So I thought I’d share some ways to photograph flowers differently than you might usually do it.

Organized Closet with IKEA ALGOT and Chalkboard Labels

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by

Organized closet.  Sometimes I feel like those two words are only true for a few minutes at a time.  But in an attempt to declutter a kid’s bedroom as part of a redecorating project, I turned to IKEA’s ALGOT system and one of my favourites…chalkboard labels, to help make an organized closet a reality.

Organized Closet with IKEA ALGOT and Chalkboard Labels

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Hot Cross Buns in the Breadmaker & Easter Plans

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 by

Well Easter's right around the corner!  It seems to have snuck up on us a bit, falling right at the beginning of the month.   Here’s just a quick post to share with you some of our traditions old and new, and then give you a recipe for hot cross buns you can make in your breadmaker.  If you try them I promise you’ll never buy them at the bakery again!

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Dollar Store Easter Craft Goes Shabby Chic

Friday, March 27, 2015 by

Hey there friends.  Long time no see!  Maybe some of you have been hit by spring fever like I have? And now suddenly the end of the month is in sight and Easter is quickly approaching.  How about a little Easter craft?

Shabby Chic Easter Eggs from a Dollar Store Craft Kit

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I don’t know how you feel about Easter crafts.  A lot of traditional Easter stuff like flowers (too early where we live), pastel colours (not a fan), rabbits (they eat my favourite grape hyacinths to the ground as soon as they finally bloom) doesn't really work for me.  But for whatever reason eggs and nests and such do work for me, and I love to decorate eggs in lots of different ways.