I often see magazine racks at thrift stores. I pass them by because I don’t have any need for one. But, a couple of years ago, I spotted one that has the same lyre design as my dining room chairs.
Of course, I had to buy it and give it a new look and a new purpose. It fits in nicely in our dining room now.
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- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Repurposed Magazine Rack
When I saw an old magazine rack at my local Goodwill, I was excited. I haven’t ever spotted a lyre back one at a thrift store. It’s a great match for my dining chairs.
The blue paint job was pretty bad, but I knew I could make it look great with fresh paint. I cleaned it with TSP before getting started.
Using my palm sander, I got started on sanding the blue paint from the magazine rack. It was slow going!
I put the project aside for a while thinking I would get back to it soon. I didn’t. The rack stayed in my garage for over a year before I finally decided to tackle it again.
When I began to work on it again, I decided to use paint stripper gel on it. Brush the gel onto the wood, leave it for an hour and use a paint scraper to remove the paint. Wipe away the excess with old cloths.
Somewhere along the way, I must have deleted the photos I took of using the gel on this piece, but this is how it worked on another old furniture piece.
Because painting this with a paint brush would have been a tedious project, I decided to use spray paint. I searched for paint that would be a good match for my dining table and chairs.
After I had the piece striped of the old paint, I gave it one coat of Zinsser Primer. Using a spray grip is always a good idea when spray painting. It keeps your fingers and hand from tiring out.
I tried a couple of different spray paints before using Rust-oleum Aged Rust Metallic Paint. It gave me the look I wanted and it made painting the rack very easy.
The paint went on smoothly. I made sure to keep the spray about 10″ away from the rack while spraying.
I gave it two coats of paint, allowing it to dry completely between coats. Once the second coat was dry, I gave it a coat of Polycrylic Protective Finish Spray.
After I finished the makeover, I wished I hadn’t procrastinated on this project so much! It comes in handy as an overflow space for items that don’t fit well on my bar cart.
I googled lyre magazine racks and found this one on 1stDibs. It’s a match. Look at that asking price-$395.00! I paid $4.99 for mine at Goodwill!
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Lyre Design Magazine Rack Makeover for Storage
Supply List for Repurposed Magazine Rack
- Thrift Store Find Magazine Rack
- TSP Cleaner
- Paint Stripper Gel
- Paint Scrapper
- Old Cloths
- Sand Paper
- Palm Sander
- Spray Paint
- Clear Protective Finish Spray
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!