Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I HEART Urban Ore

Good Morning Dear Masterminds,

Spring has definitely sprung over here in Richmond. And though I passionately hate the term, I've gotten all springtime crafty.

I've been knitting, so I thought I'd raid Goodwill and other second hand stores looking for yarn. Dan has been a total sweetheart (big surprise, huh?) and has taken me all over. We even made a special trip over to Urban Ore.

Urban Ore is a giant magical place. On their website they say that their "purpose is to end the age of waste by advocating and developing total recycling." So Berkeley. They go on to say, "We receive unwanted things and sell them as-is for reuse." I like to describe it as a gigantic, industrial second-hand store where you may find red high heels and a vintage toilet in the same visit.

Urban Ore, Inc.
900 Murray Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 841-7283

Rated 5.0 out of 5.0

13 reviews
Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-7pm; Sun 10am-7pm
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Doors, doors, doors!
Lots of magical stuff you can get crazy with.

This particular visit, while I did manage to find their yarn selection (which was far less fantastic than I'd hoped), Dan and I found a cool spice rack from the 80's still in its box with all the spices.

Here is the spice rack just after I started sanding it. Dan luckily reminded me to record the momentous occasion with a photo. Yea Baby!

See? See your hostess sanding away?

I quite literally slopped on a coat of primer.

The old school spice jars complete with their antique spices. The antique spices got tossed sadly.

The first pass with spray paint.

Voila! And now I have a rad new spice rack that I will love forever. :)

To me, this is just a good excuse to make a mess and have an art project. I'm pretty stoked with how it came out. I also love those old glass jars.

Masterminds, as long as you don't call me crafty, I salute you.

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