How To Repurpose A Magazine Rack


What can you do with an old wooden magazine rack? I have several ideas for how to repurpose a magazine rack. Let me show you!

What can I do with an old magazine rack? There are so many great ideas. I have use them in the traditional way for magazines. However, you can use them to store some many things. I have repurposed an old wooden Amish tool caddy into a holder for children books. You can see the tutorial here.

Unique and creative ways to repurpose a magazine rack:

  • Next to the tub to hold your bath supplies such as bubble bath, sponge, pumice stone, bath salts, etc.
  • Extra rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom
  • Hold your garden tools
  • As a wine holder
  • Veggie holder in your pantry
  • Hold your mail
  • Office supplies in your home office (folders, printer paper, etc.)
  • Cutting boards in the kitchen
  • Coffee supplies or for hot chocolate station supplies
  • Dish towel storage
  • Throws rolled up
  • Baby supplies in a nursery or spare diapers and wipes in your family room for a quick grab
  • Picnic caddy for plates, napkins, plastic ware, etc.
  • Add a couple of herbs planters inside it or plants
  • Use it as a centerpiece and add faux florals or greens
  • Add jars or cups with crayons and coloring books
  • Make one as a gift for housewarming and add a loaf of bread, wine and other goodies
  • Use it for craft supplies
  • Dog supplies (leashes, harnesses, brushes, etc.
  • Dog toys

The ideas can be endless. I would love for you to comment and share your idea for one. You can use a magazine rack in just about any room of the house.

I will be using mine for my craft room for supplies. The nice thing is that the wooden magazine holder could be moved and used somewhere else in the house. Although the color I am using may not go in some rooms. LOL

How to repurpose a magazine rack tutorial

1. supplies

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It is good to clean your surface before painting with Pristine Clean to remove the dust and grime. I use White Lightning Cleaner when if the piece has been stored for years and really dirty.

This piece has been in my craft room and needed Pristine Clean to make sure all of the dust was gone from sanding. This quality cleaner will de-grease and remove all debris from the surface of your piece.


For this project, I am using a hot pink. The color is Dixie Belle Paint Company Chalk Mineral Paint in Peony. It is a beautiful deep and rich pink. I wanted to pull from the fabric and wallpaper being used in the room.

The color pallet for the craft room and the repurposed magazine rack is pulled from this fabric.

You can give the wooden magazine holder a light sanding. It will knock off any chipped paint.

Next, you will need to give the magazine hold a good first coat of Peony Chalk Mineral Paint.

Allow the first coat to dry at least 2 hours before applying the second coat.

How to repurpose a magazine rack for other purposes.

4. using white mud for a raised design

How to repurpose a magazine rack for other purposes.

You should lay the caddy on it’s side.

To add a raised design, you would use a mylar stencil, Dixie Belle’s White Mud and a mini spatula tool.

You can spray some Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Spray.

How to repurpose a magazine rack for other purposes.

Be very generous with the White Mud and work quickly. It dries quick.

This video shows using a stencil and applying the White Mud. It is ok to be generous with the Mud. It is important to work quickly because it does dry fast.

Allow the White Mud to dry for one hour. Apply a light coat of the Peony paint over the three images. It should completely dry before adding the sealer.


How to repurpose a magazine rack for other purposes.

To protect the paint, you can apply one to two coats of the Dixie Belle Clear Coat in Satin. They also have matte and gloss finishes available. It is a matter of personal preference.

For this project, two coats of Clear Coat in Satin was applied. You will need to allow it to dry two hours between the coats.

finished project

How to repurpose a magazine rack for other purposes.

Look how great this magazine rack turned out! It’s is perfect holder for my Belles & Whistles Transfers. The Peony is the perfect shade of pink and looks gorgeous up against the aqua wall.

And, look at those beautiful raised lotus blooms. It was so easy to create them with the White Mud.

The chippy paint with the light green showing through gives this piece a vintage feel too. The chippy look and the raised design adds character.

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Hope you have a creative day, sweet friend!

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  1. What a great piece to add to that wallpaper and fabric. Can’t wait to see it all together! Miss you, sweet friend!

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