Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Use what you have: shabby magazine rack

I was looking recently for a way to corral the Victoria and Romantic Homes magazines that have been piling up, but of course wanted them within easy reach of my reading chair. After looking at a few thrift stores I realized that I already owned the perfect thing - it was tucked away in a storage unit that is currently holding the last of the items from my dad's house. (I REALLY need to bring it all home so I can eliminate the expense of the storage unit - it's been two years!)

This piece is a barrel-style tub with handle and my parents bought it (I think) back in the late 50's or early 60's. It spent its entire life up to this point in a dark honey-oak color. I have actually never liked it (along with a blue-and-yellow vinyl ottoman, it was one of my least favorite objects in my childhood home - I have no idea why!). I realized that if I just gave it a coat of white paint it would look wonderful next to my reading chair!

So I painted it up to match my glider rocker, "lined" it with some of Great-Grandma's hand-stitched pillowcases, and VOILA: perfectly shabby magazine rack!

More soon!


  1. Love your blog! Wow. You gave me a great idea with the old ice cream maker - did I say old? - I mean antique!! Thanks for dropping in and leaving such a nice comment.

  2. Hi Marlis, glad it gave you an idea! You're quite welcome for the comment, your tablescape was beautiful!

  3. What a cool way to repurpose the tub and make use of the vintage linens as well. It looks great!

  4. What a great and unique idea. I have found there are truly some amazing bloggers out there that blows my mind with the things they can do. A wonderful transformation.

  5. Love this, great way to show off those pillowcases.

  6. Wow, this came out so cute. Love your idea!


  7. THank you all SO much for the kind comments! ~ Janet


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