thrifted magazine rack

Hi guys!  Today I’m sharing a quick before and after turquoise beauty.  I found this magazine rack at Goodwill for $3.99 and although I didn’t have a place for it, I thought the price was right so why not?  I shared some spray painting tips last year but this distressing technique on this piece wasn’t sanded and I love how it turned out.  Here is how I quickly refinished my thrifted magazine rack.

thrifted magazine rack #upcycle #spraypaint

Here’s how I found her, neglected and alone.  How could I pass her up? I normally don’t buy things unless I have a spot for them, do you?? I was raised to be frugal so even though this was only $4, I still hesitated.

Thrifted magazine rack, before its makeover #upcycle #spraypaint

Then it sat in my garage for 6 months, yes I contributed to it being neglected.  Shame on me, this poor abused magazine rack!  When hubby cleaned out the garage he said to use it or ditch it.  So it sat on my back porch for another month, haha!  Keepin it real, folks.  I finally said, “I’m going to sell this thing and get it out of here!”  I grabbed a can of spray paint from my stash and gave it a quick coat.  Just one, and I didn’t even do a perfect job since I wasn’t going to keep it.  The poly on it was so strong the paint didn’t even cover some areas, but you know what??-I loved it!! A lot of the brown started to peek through, my fav.

thrifted magazine rack #distressedfurniture #magazinerack

So now it’s a member of the family.  Assigned to live in my new craft room.  I’m a sucker for aqua and chippy paint! Click for more furniture makeovers using all sorts of different paint techniques.

So tell me, would you have passed up this $3.99 thrifted magazine rack?!

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • Jessica @ Dear Emmeline - it’s wood and inexpensive…i probably would have picked it up…haha…..but it probably would have sat for a while while other bigger projects were worked on!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - A year ago I would have passed it up, BUT only because I would have never seen the value hidden in it! Now that I have done a bit of DIY I see things in a totally different perspective and totally would of bought it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Love it!!! I especially love the color!

    I can’t wait for it to get warm out so that I work on projects like that!ReplyCancel

  • Angelina - I LOVE magazine caddies… I have 3 of them so I probably wouldn’t pass it up…But then again Maybe I would have. HMMM!! Now you got me thinking. Maybe I should go to a thrift store and test my resolve out :) Yours came out, ADORABLE!! The color is, Striking!! LOVE it!

  • brianna - I totally would have bought it, too. I love the distressed look.ReplyCancel

  • Iuliana Blakely - I totally wouldn’t have passed it either, especially since it would work so well as a firewood rack, and I need something to hold firewood in, because it seems Colorado decided to have snow all the time now, and we have a wood burning fireplace and love using it.

    Love you transformation though. You could use to hold scarp book paper, or even wrapping paper rolls, depending on the height of this thing.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Ruth - I love the look of this now that you painted it. I also love how you forgot you bought it. I do that ALL the time. Thanks for keeping it real. :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - LOVE the color you chose!! This turned out awesome ;*)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny @ Simcoe Street - I love that magazine rack! So cute! Such a great colour. These little projects are my fave.


  • Jen @ Bungalov - No way would I have passed that rack up!!! Looks great with that turquoise paint. The pieces that others think look blah are great to find. They just sit there waiting to be scooped and spruced up! I actually just showed off some of my own sprucing up too!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria @ Simply Gloria - I love when I find and bring home a “new member” of the family! And, I love your projects! I, also love to work with colors that make it more personable. (=ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn @BruCrew Life - I love it!!! I actually have the exact same wooden magazine rack sitting in the storage room of our basement…it’s been there for 2 years after I found it at Goodwill! This was just the motivation I needed to go get some spray paint and make mine look cool! I love the turquoise color you went with, so I’m thinking that’s what I’ll do too :-)ReplyCancel

  • April - So funny that I see this today! I actually just bought a similar magazine rack at my local thrift store for $4. It looks a lot like yours except the sides have little panels with flower cutouts. I was thinking of just spray-painting mine too with all the little nooks and crannies. Glad to see how it looks painted though! I think I am going to try yellow for my soon-to-be daughter’s nursery!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I have a magazine rack like it that has been about 90% sanded down that has been sitting in the garage for a few years. Saw it and was thinking about how to refinish it. Thought about spray painting it gold or a crackle finish but now I like the distressed look you did. Now to figure out the color as I don’t know where to put it as yet. Maybe to hold picture albums.ReplyCancel

    • Lolly Jane - That’s the fun part, choosing the color. We vote BOLD ;) Have fun painting, Donna! We’d love to see an “after” photo!ReplyCancel

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