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Whenever I’m in my kitchen testing out a new recipe I end up feeling like I’m some kind of mad science genius in her lab working on a poison to take down the protagonist in the story. By chance, I came across some amazing science-themed kitchens. These mad geniuses came up with some amazingly brilliant ideas on how to incorporate test tubes, vintage beakers and other tools, while also capturing the very art of science in such beautiful ways.

Using test tubes and beakers in the kitchen make not only for great conversational pieces, but can be really effective in the kitchen. Beakers with measurements on the side can help you keep track of how much you have left before you need to refill and buy more. Test tubes holding seasonings and toppings such as sprinkles can really free up cabinet and counter space. I scored some of the Martha Stewart test tube favors earlier this year on clearance at Joann’s and have been able to move almost all my seasonings into them. I store my seasonings in a drawer now, so having everything laid out flatly and being able to easily see what I’m grabbing helps a lot. These are plastic, so if you’re planning on purchasing the real deal I suggest getting a rack for the counter top or for mounting on the wall. Most wall mounts will have to be made, but Amazon has some single row racks you can mount to the wall yourself, which is probably what I’ll end up doing.

If you’re planning on using test tubes or beakers for food storage, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a good stopper or cork in place to ensure freshness of the contents. Depending on the size of your test tubes and the contents you’re putting into them, you might not be able to fit a whole small container of seasoning into them. I suggest putting the remainder in a small plastic storage tub and placing in a space that stays at room temperature. There were a few brand new containers I managed to fit with no problem, and others that had a lot left over.

I’m most impressed by the talented homeowners who were able to incorporate a DNA Strand on the floor and the numbers for Pi as a back splash in tile. The DNA Strand piece was done a bit more intricately, with it’s rounded pieces and use of multiple colors. If you haven’t caught on yet, the Pi back splashers had each column go to 10 tiles, using the black tile pieces to represent the number. Take the very first column for example: the first number in Pi is 3, so they used 3 black tiles. As a whole, the back splash could be seen as a skyline, a graph, or a sound wave. The colors each set of artists chose work really well in each space.

Interested in purchasing items to create a science kitchen of your own? Stay tuned as I’ll be putting together a list of must have items for your lab… err, I mean kitchen.