Magazine Rack Re-Do


I love to get in on a good bargain.  I picked up this magazine rack at the Goodwill for $3.  I have been wanting to try chalk paint and I thought this would be a good starter project.

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Magazine Rack Re-Do

I started by wiping the entire thing down with a damp cloth.  It looked like it could use a good cleaning.  Then I started in with the first coat of paint.  I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Vintage.  I think that is the color.  It is sort of a gray-ish, green-ish, blue-ish.  Then used the Creme Wax  at the very end.

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This is how it looked when I started.

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Magazine Rack Re-Do - www.michellejdesigns.com

This was after one coat.

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And three coats later.

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I wanted something decorative on the ends so I used some foam stamps and black acrylic paint to create a fun design.

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Then I used the Americana Decor Creme Wax over the entire project and buffed it out until it had a light sheen to it.  That just really takes it from nice to spectacular.  It is hard to see in the photos but I love it.

Magazine Rack Re-Do - www.michellejdesigns.com

Magazine Rack Re-Do - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I will eventually have this piece in my new office space and I am not sure if it will be used for magazines or if I will use it as a sort of file keeper for things I refer to often.   We will just have to see but for right now it look beautiful holding my HGTV magazines.

I am looking forward to blogging the new office space and we will probably get started before too long.  I am starting to put together a “mood” board with all of the things I want/need and colors, etc.  It is pretty exciting.

I need to re-paint the dining room and living room and I really want to brighten them up.  I think it will help a lot with the entire feel of the downstairs level.  A fresh coat of paint can really do wonders to make things new again.

I hope you will keep coming back to see the transformation.  As for now, I appreciate you stopping by today.  Thanks so much.

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18 thoughts on “Magazine Rack Re-Do

  • Crystal Green

    This is such an easy project to do, and it gave quite a transformation too. I love the colors and stencil you choose to use. I use to see these magazine racks a dime a dozen, but now I hardly ever see them.

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Crystal. You are right about that. I used to see a lot of them as well. My friend actually spotted this one. She did not purchase it so I went back the next day and got it. I really do love it. Thanks so much for commenting!

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Pauline! I love these link parties and I appreciate the work that goes into hosting them each week. Thanks for the comment and for letting me link up my post!

  • Kara

    Oh Michelle, that is so cute! Sometimes I have trouble seeing the potential in old pieces like that, but you made it look fantastic. My goal (once we buy a condo) is to convert an old piano into a desk, and this project gives me a lot of inspiration. I love the color you chose!

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Kara! I do like the color. I am trying to incorporate some different colors into my house. Lighter and brighter is my new mantra. LOL! I want to see that piano/desk when you reach that goal. It sounds fun!

  • Karen

    This turned out great, Michelle! I love the color and the designs you chose really gave it a great personality.
    I’ve only used chalk paint a few times, but have never used the wax. I’ll definitely use that next time.

    I don’t think I would have seen the potential for such a fantastic update. Adding one more idea to my thrift shopping list! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Karen. The wax really made it look better. I like a little sheen on the paint and the chalk paint is definitely a matte finish. I hope you find one!

  • Sara

    Your magazine rack is gorgeous! There’s such a difference between the unpainted and painted racks. How much paint did you need? Was the 8oz can enough for all 3 coats?

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Sara and thanks so much. The 8 oz jar was plenty. I used less than 1/4 or the of it. I am excited because now I can paint more things to match in my office.

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Crystal! I used to stamp everything. LOL! Now I use them sparingly but I liked the way these turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Michelle Post author

      Thanks Kelly! I am happy with the results too. Working on a matching desk piece that will organize some small office items like paper clips, etc. I am excited about it.

    • Michelle Post author

      Hi Christie! Thanks so much. I do love the way it turned out and the chalk paint is so nice to work with. Thanks for hosting the Totally Terrific Tuesday party. I really like that one a lot! You guys do a great job.