Repurpose a Vintage Spoon Display as an Herb Drying Rack!


Hi there, Friends! One of my favorite things about thrifting is taking a dated find and repurposing it in an unexpected, useful way. Today's project not only allows me to indulge my passion for bringing the outdoors inside, it's also functional in the practical sense. 


repurposed herb drying rack



Since I harvest my organic herbs from spring through fall for my shop, Secret Garden Herbs, I am always looking for creative, space saving ways to dry them. While I often bring vintage pieces home without knowing exactly how I will use them, when I saw this old spoon display rack, inspiration struck right in the thrift store. Here's how it looked before. The wood was in great condition, but the color was an orangey oak finish and needed to be painted. 


vintage spoon display repurposed herb drying rack


Americana Decor Chalk finish paint


Once it dried, I distressed the edges with fine sandpaper. After wiping it down thoroughly, it was ready for hanging herbs. I made sure the herb sprigs were thick enough to fit snugly in the spoon slot. Rosemary works really well, due to its thicker stem, but other herbs could be bundled with jute or even a small rubber band...


vintage spoon display repurposed herb drying rack


...like I did with the blue sage in the top center.


vintage spoon display repurposed herb drying rack


As I admired my new project, I decided to add Scrabble tiles to spell HERBS. I used glue dots to attach them because they are easy to remove if I want to change words, at some point. It's hanging near my back door, and it sure smells nice when you walk inside! 


vintage spoon display herb drying rack
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This rack has thirty spoon slots, which holds a lot of herbs! I chose to cut sprigs that were short enough that every slot could be filled. However if preferred, fewer longer bundles could be added.  


vintage spoon display repurposed herb drying rack



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38 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! I will have to add a spoon rack to my list of things I need to look for -- I also love the fact that you get to enjoy the beautiful scents every time you walk by!

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  2. Great idea for that! I see those wooden racks at thrift stores all the time.

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  3. I love this! Such a good idea

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  4. Good repurpose! The scrabble letters are a nice touch.

    :)
    Cecilia

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  5. I love this! I have a few of these spoon racks around so I can easily transform one. I could never come up with this idea but I can copy....thanks for the idea!! You are always so creative.

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  6. What a beautifully creative idea, you clever thing! I love the scrabble letters! I keep looking for those games but haven't found any in the thrift shops.

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  7. This is positively BRILLIANT! Pinned and will share on FB tonight- I just love it, C!! :)

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  8. LOVE it, Cecilia! Such a clever idea and great use for an old spoon rack (not easy to upcycle by any means). Your herbs look just lovely hanging on it :)

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  9. What a great idea, Cecilia! Thanks for sharing it. I really like how you painted and distressed it. Just right. And the scrabble tiles are the icing on the cake. Well done. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment. I'm glad you did, for it brought me to your lovely blog. xo

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  10. This is such a smart idea! I would have never thought of re-purposing that rack to dry herbs. Definitely going to be on the lookout for one now. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  11. I love your herb drying rack, it is just perfect!

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  12. This is such a great idea and I love the use scrabble tiles! Thank you!

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  13. What a clever idea! DANG...that looks so cute. I just love it. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  14. I love this idea! I'm just starting an herb garden. I'm going to have to try to snag one of these old spoon racks somewhere.

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  15. I love this idea! Now, I wonder were I put my mother's old spoon holder????!!!!!!!! Happy Monday!

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  16. Great project! I had one of those and used it to display my vintage hankerchiefs. This looks amazing.

    Judy

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  17. That is such a great idea!! I love how it turned out :)

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  18. The scrabble tiles definitely make the piece! I love it.

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  19. This is wonderful, Cecilia! I had to pin it :)

    I hope your weekend was lovely.
    xo,
    rue

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  20. This is SUCH a neat idea!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  21. This is SUCH a great idea!!! I love it!!

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  22. Love the way you repurposed your spoon rack and used the scrabble tiles. Looks beautiful with your herbs!

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  23. This is beautiful and so creative! Thanks for sharing it at Talk of the Town!

    Angie @ www.knickoftime.net

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  24. Yes I too love this idea for drying your herbs.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.

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  25. What a clever way to transform an old spoon rack! I really like the scrabble tiles too- the perfect touch.

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  26. This is adorable, plus I bet the smell is divine. What a great project. Thanks for sharing it at the #happynowlinkup

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  27. I dont have many herbs but I do dry catnip. Great use of a spoon rack. Thank you for sharing on #OMHGWW this week!

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  28. I need this!! PINNED! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

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  29. That's a great idea and the house must smell so good!

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  30. Great use of a coffee spoon display board, pinned.
    Joy

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  31. Love this idea! I will be featuring it on Monday at the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  32. Such a cute repurpose Cecilia. I love it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. What a brilliant repurpose!! I bet it smells yummy as the herbs are drying!

    Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday!

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  34. Found from the Pin Junkie Link Party. This is too cute! Would be perfect for drying out the oregano I grow every year. Saving for future reference. Thanks

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  35. Such a clever repurpose. Thanks for sharing it with us at Waste Not Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing more from you this week.

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