Library Card Catalog Drawer Condiment Set for a Hot Chocolate Bar

Library Card Catalog Drawer Condiment Set for a Hot Chocolate Bar

I’ll be the first to admit that THIS project…is not really a project. It’s more of a famous store hack idea that I turned into a hot chocolate bar. Here, allow me to explain a little further…

Scrolling through Pinterest one day, I saw that someone had pinned a Pottery Barn condiment set photo. I liked it right off the bat- a cute wooden drawer filled with clear glass jars, perfect for parties or events.

Pottery Barn Condiment Set to be copied with library card catalog and mason jar glasses or milk glass by Sadie Seasongoods /

DEFINITELY a DIY opportunity…

The original condiment set is no longer sold (to my knowledge), but in fairness to Pottery Barn, these are their similar current offerings.

It also occurred to me immediately- as it probably has done to a few other folks- that this set isn’t something you have to buy. Rather, it’s something that you can easily recreate with what you already have or find at a secondhand shop. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

From Condiment Set to Hot Chocolate Bar

Well, I’d been meaning to purchase a library card catalog drawer (or sewing table drawer) for a while now- I mean, who doesn’t love those?? So I found the perfect one and when it finally arrived in the mail, I knew it was perfect for my own DIY condiment set (which I intended to use for a hot chocolate bar).

Library card catalog drawer to be used for hot chocolate bar to hold hot chocolate toppings by Sadie Seasongoods /

What a beaut!

Once I had the library card catalog drawer, I had to decide what to fill it with. Mason jars would have been an obvious- and popular- idea. And I love me a mason jar…but I wanted to think a little outside the box…or drawer, as the case may be.

Carnival glass? Silverplate goblets? Pretty colored sherbet bowls? Let’s face it, the vintage options are endless.

In the spirit of the last days of winter, I decided that classic vintage milk glass would be lovely. Courtesy of Olde Faithful’s Antique Mall, I ended up with two sugar/creamer sets-  I loved the different patterns and heights.

Vintage or antique milk glass from Olde Faithfuls to hold hot chocolate toppings inside library card catalog drawer by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect to hold all my favorite hot chocolate toppings!

The vintage milk glass white really pops inside the dark wood of my library card catalog drawer, doesn’t it? It also has a winter decor feeling, which is perfect since I plan to use it for a simple hot chocolate bar! The milk glass will hold all the hot chocolate toppings (or ice cream toppings would work, too).

Pottery Barn condiment set hack with library card catalog drawer and antique milk glass vases by Sadie Seasongoods /

Fits like a charm…

Also in the spirit of winter’s final moments, I decided that instead of using my condiment set for BBQ sauces (a la Pottery Barn’s pretty picture), I would use mine for hot chocolate bar toppings as a simple hot chocolate bar.  So I filled up my milk glass pieces with sweet deliciousness…and you know what, I’m pretty darn pleased with it!

Using a library card catalog drawer and milk glass vases to hold hot chocolate toppings for hot chocolate bar by Sadie Seasongoods /

Dangerous yums…

Since labeling everything is all the rage, I added little chalkboard labels or chalkboard tags. To keep things as easy as possible, I used a chalk marker to label each of my hot chocolate toppings.

Using chalkboard labels for hot chocolate toppings inside libarary card catalog and vintage milk glass vases by Sadie Seasongoods /

Label all the things!

Perhaps my hot chocolate bar didn’t actually *need* any labels, but depending on which hot chocolate toppings or ice cream toppings you use, labeling could be handy! Especially if any of your toppings or condiments are specialized, like gluten free, vegan, or sugar free.

Hot Chocolate Bar in a Library Card Catalog Drawer

And there it is- easy as can be using all things vintage or secondhand.

How to make a hot chocolate bar with a library card catalog and milk glass to hold hot chocolate toppings by Sadie Seasongoods /

And it’s done!

Here’s a little side-by-side comparison of the Pottery Barn condiment set versus my hot chocolate bar in a library card catalog drawer. And please ignore the fact that Pottery Barn has a far better photo!! Focus on the fact that my version is genuinely vintage, not recently made in China. Anytime I can use secondhand things, I’ll do it!

DIY Pottery Barn hack of condiment set with library card catalog drawer and milk glass for hot chocolate bar by Sadie Seasongoods /

Theirs and mine…

My first official hack…I love it!…but back to real projects next time, I promise.

And please check out my full collection of holiday project ideas or more festive inspiration during Christmas time. Seeing this post-holidays? Have no fear- I’ve got all the upcycled winter decor project ideas you need right here to create a cozy home during the colder months!

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  1. frantastic says

    What a fun idea – I already have the pieces for this. Would be so cute for a pot-luck dinner!

  2. Squeal! I love this repurpose diy!! I am hopping over from terrific tuesday. I invite you to share at my Thursday hop too ♥ xo

  3. visiting from teriffic tuesday linky… now that is a neat idea! I see these catalog drawers from time to time and love them, but can’t think of anything to do with them so I don’t buy them! Next time I will buy! It could do the same thing for a jewelery caddy thingy..instead of the condiments in the cups..jewelery!

  4. What a beautiful old drawer and a very neat project! You can change it up for all kinds of holidays and seasons. Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

  5. What a fun (and yummy) idea! Thanks for sharing it at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  6. What a fantastic, creative idea! Love it Love it! 🙂 The little signs are beyond cute! I would love for you to link these up to my new party Making Memories Mondays going on now! There’s a great giveaway too! 🙂

  7. Will do!

  8. Love it!

  9. This is so cute! I have a long wooden tray on my dining table which holds vases. It would be perfect for condiments but I would have never thought of it before seeing this. Thanks for the inspiration! Found you via Inspire Me Wednesdays.

  10. This is a cute idea! 🙂

  11. What great use of an card catalog file. I love how you made it into a hot chocolate bar. Thanks for linking up this week at #HomeMattersParty linky. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

  12. i just love everything organized (even marshmallows lol) 🙂 I hope you will share your idea with our Link Up – Idea box:


  13. I love it! And I love the vintage wooden container you used – beautiful!

  14. juliaklimek says

    Quick and cute hack! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing at Merry Monday Link Party. Glad to have you! Julia

  15. Cute idea.

  16. Perfect vintage style! I love the condiment holders. The white is so pretty. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! Can’t wait to see what you have lined up tonight!


  17. Great hack! Love those drawers. And I agree genuinely old is so much better than made in China. And much more environmentally friendly too. Thanks for being such a loyal linker upper at the VIP!

  18. What a fun idea! I always see those at the flea market too. Thanks for linking up at Found & Foraged!

  19. So cute! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up with Idea Box!

  20. I love your hack – much prettier with the beautiful vintage drawer and milk glass. xo Karen

  21. What a cute and clever idea. I love it! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoying having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  22. Love this project Sarah! Catching you!

  23. I Love this beautiful knockoff and it could be used in so many ways too. Love it. Thank you so much for linking up to the Something to Talk About Link Party and GREAT NEWS – We’re featuring you on our blogs tomorrow. I hope you’ll come on over and check it out and of course please link up again. It goes live at 6 am est. See you there, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  24. Jann Olson says

    I love ideas like this! Old drawers are so fun. I used an old sewing machine drawer to corral things for my hot chocolate bar during the winter and loved it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. What a cutie/patootie idea. Love this and don’t all us vintage hoarders have these goodies, somewhere. Love it, Sandi

  26. What a great idea! So much you can do with this.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger


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