Upcycled Magazine Holder | Before & After

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Do you have an old magazine rack laying around? Upcycle it with chalk paint, decoupage paste and scrapbook paper like this before and after!

Do you have an old magazine rack laying around? Upcycle it with chalk paint, decoupage paste and scrapbook paper like this before and after!

I love wasting time browsing thrift stores for items to repurpose or completely renovate. I absolutely love a good before and after makeover – like this water damaged side table, this ceramic tiled serving tray and this dining room hutch! When I came across this wooden magazine holder, that had clearly seen better days, I knew I had to buy it!

I absolutely love taking something drabby and giving it a totally new life! I can’t even believe how much of a difference a little bit of paint and paper can make to something!

Let’s Make It Over Together!

Supplies

What is the best way to clean wood before painting?

I brought it home and got busy! Whenever I have a wooden piece I’m going to paint, I always clean it with Dixie Belle White Lightning cleaner. I swear by this product! It is the best cleaner in my opinion! You can see how I’ve used this for many of my furniture makeovers HERE! *note: you do have to wipe the piece down with plain water several times to make sure that you get all of the cleaner off and the paint will adhere.

What kind of paint do you use on wood furniture?

Once the magazine holder was dry, I painted it with chalk paint in my new favorite color, Palmetto by Dixie Belle. It is such a lovely shade of green with creamy hues. I literally love it! There are so many reasons I love using Dixie Belle chalk paint, but one of my favorite is because it covers so well. No priming necessary…or sealing!

Dixie Belle Chalk Paint Palmetto

I applied two coats of chalk paint and then let it dry for about 20 minutes. Another perk of Dixie Belle…it dries so fast!

Hairpin Legs

Next it was time to put the legs on! I bought these super cute 6″ hairpin furniture legs.

Repurposed an old wooden magazine holder

How to decoupage on wood

Using a foam brush and Mod Podge in matte finish, I applied a generous amount of Mod Podge to the front of the magazine holder to create a decoupage finish.

How to decoupage on wood with Mod Podge matte and scrapbook paper

How to decoupage on wood with Mod Podge matte and scrapbook paper

Carefully lay the paper over top of the glue. Use a credit card to help smooth out any air bubbles.

How to decoupage on wood with Mod Podge matte and scrapbook paper

Apply a coat of Mod Podge with the foam brush over the scrapbook paper. Making sure to coat the entire surface of the paper.

Using medium grit sand paper, carefully distress the edges after the Mod Podge is completely dry.

How to decoupage on wood with Mod Podge matte and scrapbook paper

That is it! Such an easy project that has huge results!

stylish magazing holder with flowers
Repurpose an old wooden magazine holder
Repurpose an old wooden magazine holder
stylish magazing holder with flowers
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14 Comments

  1. What a huge difference in the before and after. I love the design you chose too!

  2. This is so adorable. I love how this makeover turned out! I want to try something similar for a toy box makeover for my daughter. Just pinned it for a future project.

  3. This magazine holder is so cute! Great idea to add that pretty paper!

  4. Cherryl Ehlenburg says:

    You did such a nice job. I love the addition of the hairpin legs!

  5. I love this fresh look. The floral scrapbook paper is so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this project, especially using scrapbook paper! That’s one of my go tos for artwork. I haven’t used Dixie Belle before but I need to try it!

  7. Rachel - Tea and Forget-me-nots says:

    The hairpin legs make all the difference, looks beautiful.

  8. So pretty Stephanie; I love the paint and paper you chose!

  9. Lee Ann Kuhn says:

    This is a fabulous makeover! Sharing and pinning to inspire others to create a magazine rack too. Thank you for collaborating as well.

  10. I love the color, but those hairpin legs are the best! What a fabulous upcycle!

  11. Stephanie, I love the pattern that you decoupage on the front of the magazine holder. The color you paired it with is perfect. I could see this sitting in my craft room holding all of my magazines. It’s beautiful!

  12. This is such a great project! I love the addition of the legs and the scrapbook paper! Plus that Dixie Belle paint color is beautiful!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  13. These are all so cute and unique. Thanks for sharing!

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