Monday, June 3, 2013

Shabby Painted Magazine Rack

Lately I've been experimenting with new paint colors.
I've had this magazine rack for awhile and thought it would look better with a new paint job.
I think originally it was probably somebody's high school shop class project.
It is very well made and is quite sturdy.

In this "before" picture I had just wiped it down with a clean, wet cloth.
It was very dirty to start with.


It was separating at the top so I clamped it back together using wood glue, then tacked in nails on each side.
That's the only repair I had to make.
The embellishments on the sides barely show up.
My plan is to change that.


I used two shades of blue.
The front panels are painted a lighter shade.
I only did this because I am experimenting with colors.
But I really like the subtle difference.
After I was done painting, I lightly distressed it then sealed it with a clear wax.


I used a Fleur-De-Lis stencil I bought at Hobby Lobby.
First, I stenciled it white, then dabbed on some pale pink.
I used the same treatment on the side embellishments.


This little lamp is my next project.
I plan to change the color of the base, change out the socket to a smaller one, and rewire it.


This is the first time I've used a stencil for awhile.
I wish I could hand paint pretty flowers but try as I might, I've never learned how.
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5 comments:

  1. Love the blue on that magazine rack Connie! Looks great!

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  2. Wow! That is one fabulous makeover! I love it!

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  3. Really nice job! I have one like this and now I'm inspired to paint it like you did.

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