I went to a local vintage and resale shop a week or two ago hoping to find a treasure or two. And while I stumbled upon some unique rattan pieces, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on them. I did however snag this white rusted metal magazine rack for under $20. It was perfect for a simple magazine rack makeover!
Truth be told, I actually had plans to turn it into a log holder for in front of the fireplace. Which I still might do, but for now, a little paint and some leather and this once rusted gem is now pinktastic and modern.
Now that you have seen the after, are you ready for the before?
Materials for a Simple Magazine Rack Makeover:
- Spray primer (I used Montana brand Spray primer, Zinsser 1-2-3 works too)
- Spray paint in your choice of color ( I used Montana Gold in Shock Pink Light)
- Natural Leather piece
- Beacon Quick Grip glue
The first step was priming the magazine rack. Since the chipped part of the original magazine rack weren’t flaking off, I skipped sanding and went straight to priming. But if you find a vintage rack that has paint chipping you may want to give it a light sand first.
Once the primer was dry, I gave the rack a coat of pink spray paint and let dry.
To give the pink metal a touch of warmth I added a strip of natural leather to the handle. To do this I cut a small hole for the top metal ball detail of the magazine rack to fit through and then used Quick Grip glue to attach the leather around the metal handle. This glue works really well to secure leather almost instantly.
Once the glue was dry, my magazine rack was ready to use!
I am so in love with this simple magazine rack makeover! And like I said, this fall when the temperatures start to drop again, I will likely transition the rack into a wood log holder for the fireplace.