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Redecorated Magazine Rack

upcycled, refurbished, recycled, remade, magazine rack

On top of yet another medical drama (it’s okay, I’ve been told I won’t miss my gallbladder), these past few weeks we’ve been busy turning our thrift store finds into bona-fide treasures.  One very practical piece has already found a home in our living room and I wanted to share it with you.

Emily, a bloggy friend, just featured a post on how to store and organize your favorite magazine articles and clippings.  But, before I get to a point, where I’m comfortable taking a pair of scissors to those glossy pages, I covet them in a sewing basket by my bedside, under the couch, and hidden in my notebook, purse, and library bag.  

I get many magazines and yes, I know the ecological nightmare to which I am contributing.  But see, their articles cater to my short attention span, they have pretty pictures depicting images far outside my realm of reality, and they offer me advice and shopping tips for both a lifestyle and pocketbook I don’t have.  They are fairy tales for the modern housewife…what’s not to love?

Back to the project…We found this dowel rod magazine rack at Good Samaritan for $5, slapped on a coat of paint, added a graphic from The Graphics Fairy, and viola.  Now, instead of being strewn across the house, all of my magazines are in one place and looking rather snazzy if I do say so myself.  Here’s more pictures and a few tips on adding the graphic.

remade magazine rack

After I found the graphic I wanted to add to the piece, I made sure the size would work and printed it out on vellum.  As you can see I printed out a few other graphics at the same time but those are for a project that’s not ready to be revealed.

graphics, Graphics Fairy, vellum

graphics cut out of vellumI’m really impatient, and instead of going downstairs and digging out my husband’s X-Acto knife, I just grabbed a pair of scissors from the kid’s crayon box.  Carefully I cut around the design as best I could.

Once I trimmed it to a point I was satisfied with I brought out the Mod Podge, lined up the design on the rack, and following the instructions on the podge, attached the graphic.

graphics, Mod Podge, furniture

Here’s where you really, really have to take note.  I had planned on flipping the design over, so that it was ink side down when I began applying the Mod Podge. 

Had I remembered to do that, the image would have looked a little muted in color BUT the ink wouldn’t have smeared across the image.  Oh, well, it’s a small price to pay and according to my husband I’m the only one who really notices. 
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Erin Sipes
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  1. Looks good. When S is no longer 2 and no longer the human tornado, I will need one of these. Thanks for the link back too.

  2. Great idea! The University I work for always sells stuff like this for dirt cheap at their surplus shop. I should check out what they have and give this one a go!

  3. Nice idea, I love magazines and it is one of those items I find hard to let go. This is nice way to display them.

  4. Hi, visiting from Graphics Fairy Brag Monday party. I really like your revamped magazine rack, smears and all. Now following your wonderful blog, too. Hope to see you sometime over at my blog, Altered Artworks:

  5. This looks beautiful! And what a clever way to display your magazines! Hope you will stop by and share with my Pink Hippo party @

    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  6. Great makeover! Love these kind of racks--great find.


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