DIY Home Decor – Magazine Holder

Hey there!  To me, nothing quite beats drinking a cup of coffee and reading through magazines in the fall!  I love fall, fall decor and fall decor magazines and I’m loving this DIY Magazine rack that I made to display magazines in our family room!

DIY-Magazine-HolderIt has a lot of my decor favorites, gray, rope and chalkboard paint!  It was super easy to make, all you need is a drill and it cost me under $20!

This is also the project that I was inspired to make for the Scotch Blue, Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop Party!  Oh, I should also mention we are holding a giveaway for a $200 Home Depot Gift Card!  More on that later!  Whoop 🙂
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So, here’s how I made the DIY Magazine Holder!

BoardsI started by purchasing a 1×16 @ 4ft. project panel and a 1×12 @4 ft.

measurementsCut 3 – 1×12 @ 15″.  If you don’t have a saw, just have your hardware store make these cuts!

Rustoleum-GraniteNext, I spray painted the 1×16 and 1×12’s with Rust-Oleum Granite.  Spray paint the front and backs of the 1×12’s.

cup-hooks-and-hingesI also purchased a package of 7/8″ cup hooks and a 3 sets of 2 1/2″ hinges.

installing-hingesI installed 2 hinges on the back of each 1×12, 1 1/2 inches from each side.

installing-dividersNext, I flipped the 1×12’s over and attached them to the 1×16 with the hinges.  I marked the center of the 1×16 and attached the middle board first.  Then, I just eyeballed the top and bottom boards.

predrill-holesNow, using a 10mm drill bit, I drilled 1 hole in the top corner of each 1×12.  I put mine 1″ from the top and side.

predrill-for-cup-hooksNow, using a 1/16″ drill bit, I drilled through the holes in the 1×12 through to the 1×16 board.  This is just a small hole for the cup hooks so you don’t need to drive the bit very far.

install-cup-hooksTo follow up, just screw a cup hook in to each hole.  Finish twisting with the open end of the cup  hook facing the top of the 1×16.


tie-knot-in-ropeI purchased a roll of Sisal Rope and cut 6 14″ pieces and tied a knot at the end of each piece.

attach-rope-to-cup-hooksThread each piece of rope through the hole in the 1×12, tie a knot at the other end (I put my knots 5″ apart) and hook the middle of the new knot onto each cup hook.

Now for some fun!

mark-for-chalk-labelI decided to put chalkboard labels on each magazine holder.  To do this, I marked off a 5×3 rectangle, right in the middle of each board, with a pen and a ruler.

Edge-Lock Now, using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tapetape-off-for-labelsI taped off around the 5×3 rectangle.

extra-tapeand added more tape to prevent overspray!

Rust-Oleum-Chalkboard-Spray-PaintI sprayed two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint in the middle of each rectangle

Spray-Chalkboard-Paintlet it dry

peel-tape-offand peeled the tape away!

DistressingAs an after-thought, I decided to distress the edges.  This step would be best to do before you add the rope and hardware but I didn’t know if I wanted it distressed at that time.  I used my Ryobi Corner Cat to distress every edge.

That was it!



A quick, easy and cute way to display all of my magazines for the Fall!  I’m thinking my guests will love this too 😉

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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

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After you have entered, check out all of the fun projects from other bloggers in the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop!

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  1. Alissa Lines on September 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I was just thinking this morning how I need to organize and de-clutter all of my paper! This is perfect. I never would have thought to add hinges. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  2. Lisa Baumgarten on September 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

    That would be perfect for my daughter room for the odd size books.

  3. Elise on September 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

    This would be great for my teenage son for all his papers!

  4. Michelle Anchel on September 5, 2013 at 6:21 am

    This is so cute!! I just recently discovered your blog and I want to make all of your projects. Thanks

  5. Kiri on September 5, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Fabulous! I’m glad you distressed at the end. It really made the look.

  6. Jessica Rackham on September 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Oh I love this!!!!!! I tried soo hard to figure something like this out. THANK YOU for sharing

  7. Emma Strobelt on September 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I really want to make some decorative wall pieces just like this!

  8. Carla Gaskin Mautz on September 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I am totally going to get my hubby to make this for me. Love it!!

  9. Ashlee Bradshaw Barnhill on September 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Restoration Hardware table knock off. Love it!

  10. carlibee on September 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    love this. definitely making one of these for the new home!

  11. Rachal on September 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I just finished making a table for my two boys. I really would love to make a bed for my oldest son. He has grown out of his toddler bed too soon for me. *sigh*.

  12. [email protected] on September 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I have so many magazines, I might just have to try this! I love painting just about anything I can to give something a new look!

  13. Tran on September 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Love this idea. Have been looking for one for my husband office and kids computer room. I also loved your key holder too and had my hubby make one. Thank you.

  14. Mel Mac on September 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Looks great! Useful as well as decorative projects are right up my alley, thanks for sharing the how to.

  15. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real on September 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I love all of the details, and it looks simple enough to try…thanks girls!!!

  16. Michelle on September 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I am loving all of the pallet artwork out there right now & I love your hanging wall sconces too! 🙂

  17. Meredith Marsh on September 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Your hanging bathroom shelf is my favorite! Almost done with mine!

  18. Dori Haller on September 4, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    You gals make all this look so easy! Lovin’ the magazine holder.

  19. Lindsay butler on September 4, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I love transforming closets into hidden gems of awesomeness!

  20. Jennifer Bailey on September 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I am loving all the chalkboard ideas out there right now.

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