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.

Now for the giveaway!!!  One winner will receive a $200 Home Depot Gift Card!  That’s a LOT of DIY 😉

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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. Darla on September 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I LOVE anything organizing DIY! I need this giveaway so badly! I would make a Command/Mudroom in my Foyer!

  2. Eliska Schneider on September 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Did you hang it with sawtooth hangers?

  3. Tyann Corbett on September 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    So cute!! Love the color and how the rope is tied (hehe) into the whole thing!

  4. meganbullington on September 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I love all of your ideas! My kids and I are tackling the Mason Jar Planter this week!

  5. jenny on September 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I love transforming a room with paint!

  6. John S on September 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    My wife would absolutely love this. Thanks for the easy instructions on how to make it! Surely I have some scrap pine that would work for this!

  7. Mike on September 5, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Great, another thing I MUST make. Nice work!

  8. Beth Minch Dover on September 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Love this! So far, my fave DIY build has been Ana White’s laundry basket dressers – I made 2 that serve as my laundry room DIY counter to hold my drill, battery chargers, and is a nice work surface when it’s clean 🙂

  9. Marion on September 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Very cute – just pinned a magazine holder today – but I’m loving the rope on this one!

  10. Rory Sedlacek Reding on September 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    This is the cutest and most functional idea ever!!! Love Home Depot!!!

  11. Janet on September 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I just made your pegboard last week for my tools and now working on the kreg workbench. So everything I make of yours becomes my fav….

  12. Theresa McClure on September 5, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I made the tilt out trash can holder…Love it. Going to make another one for the recycle now!

  13. Laura M on September 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I can see this holder on my patio – where I love to read
    Thank you

  14. Melissa on September 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    My favorite DIY project was my dining room table – it turned out exactly how I wanted.And what perfect timing for this post! I literally just picked up a new desk off Craigslist to redo and we may be needing some inbox-es on the side. This will work perfectly! 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Terah Harris on September 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I’m soooo trying this!

  16. Linda Crandall on September 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm


  17. Heather Smith on September 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Love this! You could even make it for kids’ papers or mail or bills. Love all your tutorials!

  18. Mindi on September 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    This is such an awesome project! I would even say one of my faves, right now!

  19. Lucy on September 5, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Great idea! I especially like the price… under $20!!

  20. Angie Thomas on September 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    I love everything on the website. I have gotten so many ideas and made several things for my new home. I pick a new room to remodel just so I can use the ideas i found here. Thank you!

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