Reclaimed Space in the Laundry Room for Drying Herbs


Happy Monday, Friends! Lately, I've been on a mission to make the most of different rooms in my home. A few weeks ago, I rearranged and reorganized to create an office nook in my bedroom that is both beautiful and functional. My latest reclaimed work space is a corner for herb drying in my small laundry room... 


reclaimed herb drying space


It's hard to believe it's been almost three years since my mini laundry room makeover. Since I don't have a garage or basement and prefer not to use my hard-to-access attic, but I do have the need to dry and store herbs and needed supplies for my business, Secret Garden Herbs, my little laundry room can easily become overcrowded. Overall, I've been happy with the changes I made in the room and have been able to maintain them. While buying a new washer and dryer wasn't in my budget, I discovered a fun way to dress up my existing appliances, and I'm happy to report that three years later, the update has been quite durable. My solution for adding pretty storage with a vintage tablecloth has also worked well. However, the countertop and corner I reserved for herb drying didn't prove to be as functional as I had hoped. Here, the space looked pretty after the makeover, but it didn't take long before I was constantly fighting clutter on the counter. 


reclaimed space for drying herbs


While I personally use the repurposed herb drying racks I sell, I'm constantly in need of more places to hang herbs. {See how to repurpose a thrift store spoon display for herb drying, here!}


reclaimed hery drying space


So as I said, I was on a mission--to declutter the counter and come up with a more functional way of drying the herbs that didn't eventually result in added clutter. Remember the thrifted mini crates I repurposed as planters? I knew they would come in handy for organization, too. 


reclaimed space for drying herbs


After whitewashing them first, I stacked six of the crates, in two rows of three. I tucked some of my dried herb tins, plus the supplies I frequently use that had been cluttering the counter in the new storage space. 


reclaimed herb drying space


Above the crates, I hung an Ikea rack that I found still in the package at a thrift store with galvanized containers I already had. 


reclaimed space for drying herbs


Here's a closer look at the small herb dishes I pulled out of my cabinets. I found them at World Market years ago. As one of the first things I bought for my kitchen when we first moved in, I couldn't bear to part with them and now I'm really glad I held on to them! 


reclaimed herb drying space


The galvanized ampersand was already in my laundry room and was also a thrift store find. In fact, aside from the mini crates I thrifted earlier this month, I didn't buy one new thing to complete this update!


reclaimed space for drying herbs


On the adjacent wall, I hung another rack and a small chalkboard. The space is already proving to be very handy. 


reclaimed herb drying space


The galvanized seed tray provides additional storage and I have ample room for drying herbs. 


reclaimed space for drying herbs
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P.S. I kept the mini chandy, too. ;)

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6 comments:

  1. This is so awesome I almost wish I grew herbs also :)

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  2. Those little crates have really come in handy. Everything looks so pretty. I really need to declutter my laundry room.

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  3. Oh nice! The crates worked out perfectly! It's always nice to get a space organized in a way that works...yay!

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  4. Loved your solution. I love crates and how you used yours; they especially house CDs and tapes around here! If I had lots of herbs to dry, I would love one of those old fashioned laundry racks with the slats that fold down. (One year for Christmas, Al and I found a reasonably priced one and gave it to his mother for Christmas. Raising 8 kids, she had broken all the slats giving the kids a swat! Glad some of the old days are gone!) My few herbs get twist tied and hung off stuff in the kitchen sink window. I'd also love a hanging screen for drying flower petals...someday!

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  5. Love the appliance decals,very cute.
    I grow herbs but fail at drying them so I chop them and freeze them.
    Love the adorable little herb corner, makes me want to maybe try again lol

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  6. Wow, love the idea for an herb theme! :) Lisa

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