Upcycle a Magazine Holder into a Kitchen Staple

At my first thrift store expedition in a few years, I found a solid wood magazine rack. You may remember my project with the first piece that I bought while at the store, this upcycled basket for blankets. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the rack at first, but a Pinterest search and many inspirations later, my upcycled magazine rack was turned into kitchen decor plus storage!

Magazine Rack: 1000x1000 pinnable image.

I’m glad that you are here today because it’s time for our monthly Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara over at Birdz of a Feather. If you’re coming over from her, welcome! Weren’t her crocheted pendant lights amazing?! Stick around after the post to check out all of the projects brought to you by the lovely ladies on the hop!

Supplies for an Upcycled Magazine Rack:

  • wood or metal magazine holder
  • chalk paint (spray or regular)
  • vinyl
  • my free SVG or Printable
Magazine rack upcycle with me holding Rust-oleum Chalked spray paint in line white.

Prepare the Magazine Holder

As with any thrift store find, you’ll need to clean it before you do anything else. You can use water and Dawn dish soap or mineral oil.

Now sand the entire thing. My hubby got me an electric sander for $20 at Walmart. Man, I love that thing! It cuts the time I spend sanding by at least 90%. If you don’t have one, you should definitely look into it. You can just sand it all by hand if you don’t. Clean the rack again to remove the saw dust.

Upcycled magazine rack painted with white chalk paint.

Paint & Distress the Rack

I used Rust-oleum Chalked spray paint in linen white. You could also stain it or use regular chalk or acrylic paint. I gave mine three coats of paint, but it still needed a bit more in some places. Since I wanted to distress my magazine rack anyway, I stopped with three coats.

Once the paint was dry, I began to distress it. You can do that or just move on to the next step. I used sandpaper and went lightly over the paint in some areas.

Sanding the upcycled magazine rack.

Cut Vinyl for Decals

I created two decals, one to use on each end of the magazine rack. That way I can turn it around to display whatever graphic that I want during each season. The first vinyl decal I made can be used by anyone because I’m giving it to you for free!

For personal use only!

This design is for personal use only, not commercial use. If you’d like to share it with friends or family, feel free to use the buttons at the end of the post to share it with them on social media or send them straight to the blog. Please don’t download this image and give it to multiple people. I’d love to have them come visit the blog! This helps me to keep these free printables, PNGs, & SVGs coming to you for free! Thanks y’all!

If you’re new to the blog, let me tell you how this goes. The image you see below is a preview of the actual design. When you download it, it will not have my blog logo over it. It’s there for the preview so that no one can steal the image by downloading it straight from Google Images. You don’t have to have a cutting machine to use this image. You can print it out and use the carbon copy method using a pencil. I have a tutorial on how to do that here.

On the other side of the magazine rack I placed our initial, last name, and the year we became a family. It would be pointless for me to share that with you since I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t have the same name and year lol!

Add Decals to the Upcycled Magazine Rack

I used HTV for this project. I would’ve preferred regular, but I used what I had on hand. Using my Cricut I cut the vinyl.

HTV cut into designs for the magazine rack.

Weed the design and place it on the end of the magazine rack.

HTV being applied to the upcycled magazine rack.

Place a piece of wax paper on top of the HTV and adhere it to the magazine rack with an iron or transfer it onto the rack using transfer tape.

Once the design is on the rack, remove the paper and the backing.

If you’re embellishing the other side, repeat these steps for the other vinyl image.

That’s it! Your magazine rack is upcycled and ready to decorate your home!

I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to put in the rack, but so far I’ve tried pans, lids, aluminum foil, and Ziploc bags. Here’s how it looks now:

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Remember to share this post using the buttons at the end or pin the image below. That will allow you to come back to this post when you need it! Follow me on social media and via email so you’re alerted when I add a new tutorial, free printables & SVGs, or other posts.

Magazine rack complete on a pinnable Pinterest image,

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On to the Creative Craft Hop!

I’m the last stop on this month’s Creative Craft Hop, but in case you’re here just hanging out with me, I encourage you to visit all of the other great projects shared this month!



Terrie from Decorate & More with Tip | Dollar Tree Mirror with Jenga Blocks

Allyson from Southern Sunflowers | Patriotic Party Table Free Printables

Tammy from Patina & Paint | Tin Wall Pocket

Gail from Purple Hues & Me | Bumblebee Wall Decor DIY

Jenna from The Painted Apron | Shells on the Beach Canvas

Carol from Blue Sky at Home | How to Make a Fabric Bowl with Mod Podge

Rebecca from Zucchini Sisters | How to Make a Paper Cone Flower Basket

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction | Faded to Fabulous Garden Sign Refresh

Donna from Modern on Monticello | DIY Mid-Century Modern Inspired Wall Sculpture

Sara from Birdz of a Feather | Crochet Pendant Light


Thank you for visiting us today. I hope you’ve found several of your next DIY projects! Be sure to pin this post and any others you like so you can get back to them when you’re ready to get crafty.

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19 thoughts on “Upcycle a Magazine Holder into a Kitchen Staple

  1. Great project Niki; isn’t it great to be thrifting again? I love how you personalized this magazine holder for your family! Can’t believe your Husband got you a sander for only $20; that’s a steal and I bet you’ll get a ton of use of it!

    1. Yes! I thought I’d just check see how much they were online and checked Walmart. It was $19.88, and if I’d have known that I would’ve gotten one long ago lo!

  2. Girl! I’m so impressed that you can create your own designs AND import them into your cutting system! They look so professional and really elevate the magazine holder. It looks fabulous. Great job!!!

  3. Looks great, Niki! However you decide to use your holder, it’s certainly very eye-catching and a fun way to organize and display your magazines or other items! It’s an awesome upcycle!

  4. It really turned out great Niki! Decals scare me, I need to get over that because there is so many ways to use them! This is a wonderful addition to your decor, and I love how you personalized it. Thanks for the printables and great tutorial!

  5. You did a great job of transforming this! Isn’t that chalked spray paint great? Pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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