A chubby, rustic piece of furniture found at a consignment shop gets easily transformed into a cute-as-can-be cottage style magazine rack.
Cottage Style Magazine Rack
Hello friends! If you are a fan of cottage style furniture, then I have a treat for you today. Recently we were visiting friends in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and we stopped in a consignment shop. I spotted a unique piece of furniture in the back and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was going home with me!
It was rustic with chubby legs and had wire mesh in the back. It was already painted blue with French Country flair.
I could tell by the tag that the piece had been in the shop for many months so we offered a low cash price to take it off their hands.
When we got it home, I immediately put it beside the fireplace and filled it with magazines. I’m not sure what its purpose had originally been, but it was just the right size for a magazine rack.
But the more that I looked at the piece, I thought that those chubby legs were too long!
So about 2 inches were taken off.
Next, I decided that I was going to repaint it.
There really was nothing wrong with how it was painted other than the blue did not look good with some other blue items I have in our family room.
I almost hated painting over the fleur-de-lis stencil on the sides.
But, I decided that my cottage style magazine rack needed to be green. I mixed up some chalky style paint using leftover paint that I already had. If you’d like my formula for making your own chalky paint, you’ll find it in this post: A Thrifty Repurposed Vanity.
Once I got my piece painted green, I decided to highlight the features with paint instead of using dark wax.
Using burnt umber acrylic paint, water, and a small art brush, I filled in the areas that I wanted darker.
First I painted the indentations on the front.
I smeared a lot of it on this section, and then I used a damp paper towel to remove the extra, leaving the umber paint in the crevices.
Here you can see the process a little better, and you can also see how I did the same on the edges of the legs.
The good thing about using watered-down acrylic paint to highlight the features is that you can always wipe it off if you think you’ve added too much, or you can add more green paint on the raised areas.
Here’s the final paint job. I chose not to distress this piece and I still need to add clear wax to protect it, but isn’t she cute?
Her cut-off legs look better proportioned to her body, don’t you think? I just love the homemade look of this cottage style magazine rack!
To style her, I added a few blooms from our Chinese viburnum bush to the top.
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I hope you enjoyed seeing my painted cottage style magazine rack today, and if you’re looking for more thrifty projects, you’re in luck!
Below you’ll find 13 more thrifty DIY spring projects from the other members of the Thrifty Style Team. Just click on any of the links below to find more inspiration.
HOW TO CREATE AN INEXPENSIVE PLATE WALL from The Creek Line House
EASTER EGG CRAFT IDEAS from DIY Beautify
PAINTED SHELF MAKEOVER from 2 Bees in a Pod
DOLLAR STORE SPRING CENTERPIECE from The How-To Home
EASY DIY STRING FRINGE TUTORIAL from What Meegan Makes
VINTAGE LINEN USES AND CARE TIPS from I Should Be Mopping the Floor
SIMPLE THRIFT STORE SHELF MAKEOVER from The DIY Village
DIY MASON JAR CHANDELIER from Hearth and Vine
ROUTE 66 BEER TOTE from Bliss Ranch
THRIFTED PRAYER BASKET WITH PRAYER SLIPS from Salvage Sister and Mister
THRIFTY SPRING FOYER from Redhead Can Decorate
THRIFTY AND STYLISH CHANGE TO THE BATHROOM from Duke Manor Farm
QUICK AND EASY EMBROIDERY HOOP EASTER WREATH from Homeroad