Coastal Cottage Magazine Rack

Hi friends in blogland!  Are you ready for a quick little makeover?

I should have named my blog, Confessions of  Serial Makeover-er.

I love to give old outdated pieces new life!  Today I’m sharing a little magazine rack I found at an estate sale for $5:


Ain’t it perty? Maybe not yet, but I was drawn to it for some reason.

How on earth am I going to take this homely magazine rack over to cool coastal cottage?

With sisal, of course! (Found for 50¢ at a yard sale!)

Coastal cottage magazine rack makeover with sisal

The twine gives it a bit of a fun coastal feel, no?


I used hot glue (never craft without it) to attach the twine. Here it is before I added it:


I used the very last of my Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint.

Coastal cottage magazine rack makeover with sisal

Did anyone else get suckered into paying $10 for this magazine  while standing in line at the grocery store? I didn’t want to leave without it, but it cost twice what this magazine rack did!  Oh… but it’s full of yummy cottagey goodness! (Did I mention my house really wants to be a little beach cottage??)


You can see my annuals are barely hanging in there…

magazine rack makeover with chalk paint and sisal twine


coastal cottage magazine rack makeover

One more time before:


And it lived happily ever after…


The end.





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  1. Very cute magazine rack! You are so crafty…love it! 🙂

  2. I LOVE the twine! It makes the piece. Pinned! I’m definitely going to try adding twine to something 🙂

  3. Hi Christy! As always, love the makeover you did on this piece.. You always give things a fresh new spin – the twine is a great touch! Thanks for sharing – pinning! Have a happy Wednesday!

  4. Christy, You did a great job on that – the jute makes it! Good creativity!! The estate sales around here have gotten so out of hand price wise – that mag rack around here would have been $10! (on half price Saturday) — Trisha

    • Thanks, Trisha! I came to visit your blog and I wanted to leave you a comment saying welcome to blog land, but the google comments was taking a long time to load (probably my slow computer!), so I’ll say it here, welcome!! There’s a ton to learn at first, but just keep going and you’ll learn all you need to know along the way! Obviously, you are a very talented painter and I’m sure you will wow us for a long time to come! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  5. It looks SO cute now!!!


  6. Super cute! I love adding twine to stuff! I’ve been seeing you featured all over the place! Kudos 🙂 Have a great day!

  7. Very cute! I think we had one just like this when I was a kid. That’s why I never throw anything away! Thanks for sharing. Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)!

  8. It always amazing me what a little paint and twine can do. It looks great!

  9. Love the makeover. And YES, I got conned into the same $10 magazine but it was worth it 🙂

  10. I love this makeover, Christy! So cute!

  11. Oh BESTILL my hear!! Seriously! I love this… the perfect amount of distressed white paint and all that TWINE! Pinning and sharing on my facebook page later today! I love serial makeovers!

    • I’m so glad you like it!! I had no idea how I could update it when I bought it, but I think the sisal worked just fine to give it a fresh feel! Thanks for coming and checking out my blog and for featuring my project. I love how you featured Abby’s giveaway too!! So happy we get to work on something so fun together! XO

  12. That turned out fantastic! It looks like a completely different piece. Found you at the TT&J party. 🙂

  13. Just stopping by from Best of the Weekend Party, this is a super cute idea and I know I need something cuter than an a shelf to hold all my magazines and books! Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. Wow…it is amazing how you transform these pieces into works of art!!! So cool. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Have a wonderful weekend and please join us next Friday.

  15. Love the upgrade!

    Thanks so much for linking up at the party,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  16. Love the additio of the twine. How fun. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  17. Jackie Btown says

    Yes ofcourse I bought the magazine as well because like you, I think my home is really a cottage too… Lol


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