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Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY Magazine Rack

I've been in the process of decorating my son's room since we moved in two years ago.  I'm super special that way.  ;)   Or just really slow.  Whatever.

I'm really close to the finish line which is awesome because I'm sure by the time I call it a wrap it'll be time to turn it into a "tween" room.  He's 8 now so how much time do I have?  What exactly is a "tween"?

Anywho, he now has his own magazine subscription.  Yeah, he gets Lego Magazine - so booyah.  My mom also sends him her Birdtalk magazines when she's done reading them - you don't want to know.  And we also have these Lego "instruction booklets" coming out of our ears.


I like cool floor coverings, but crumpled paper isn't exactly the look I'm going for here.  So I decided that he needed a magazine rack  - one that would hang on the wall near his desk area.  I was going for a "functional decor" look.

I was wandering around Lowe's and found this metal sheet.


Don't ask me what it is.  I wander around hardware stores like a man in a lingerie department.  I have no idea what half of the stuff actually is, but I still like looking around.  ;)  This metal sheet caught my eye because it has teeny tiny union jacks all over it - or at least that's what it looks like to me.


So, I brought it home and this is what happened next.












It seems like a lot more work than it actually was.  C'mon I made this, so you know it was easy.

diy magazine rack

The metal is strong enough to hold lightweight magazines and file folders, but this is definitely not for books.  I also want to note that the top of each metal pocket has a smooth finished edge.  I placed the cut edges at the bottom where each pocket is attached to the canvas.  They aren't that sharp, but I didn't want to risk him scraping his hand when he pulls a file/magazine down.

The only thing I had to buy was the metal sheet (about $20), everything else I already had.  These plain manila file folders got a fun face lift with some card stock and chalkboard vinyl.


Now his desk area is "done", and we don't have instruction booklets and magazines all over the floor anymore.  Well, at least now there are no excuses.  ;)

diy magazine rack

The desk of an 8 yr. old boy...........



does it get cuter..........um, I mean cooler?  He's all about the "cool" right now.

You can get caught up on his room by checking out these posts here  - the ceiling, the curtains, the bed.......eventually it'll get done, right?

20 comments:

  1. Love it! Did you make the "m" & "f" scrabble tiles too?

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    1. No the scrabble tiles are actually coasters that I bought at a local coffee shop. I've had them in a bowl on the coffee table in our basement for over a year now.

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  2. that is a fantastic idea! we happen to have a gazillion of those lego directions!

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  3. Um, I LOVE this! What a genius idea!

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  4. Well, you've done it again. You've gone and created something spectacular out of a few random supplies. You're good like that!

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  5. Very cute! Well done as always! I do the same thing... wonder around the isle looking for something, but not knowing what that something is!

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  6. So clever! I walk by those at Home Depot all the time, they are SO cool, and just screaming for a diy! I would have never dreamed up a magazine rack!

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  7. Girl. . you are crazy creative. That is really awesome. Such a fantastic idea. His whole room is pretty remarkable.

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  8. So adorable! He is so lucky to have such a cute, oops I mean cool, and talented mommy!

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  9. So awesome Carmel! We have Lego booklets coming out of our ears too so this is definitely inspiring me to get creative about storing them. It looks perfect in his room!
    Vanessa

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  10. Oh man, I walk by that stuff every time I'm at Home Depot, trying to come up with something cool to do with it. I've seen candle holders that would be so fun. The little cubby looks so cute. I mean cool. :o)

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  11. That is SO clever! I should do this with my husband's Lego magazine subscription...

    Also, I love the Yoda quote!

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  12. You have such a cute blog with so many amazing projects! Can't wait to keep reading. So glad I found you! :)

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  13. This is such a great idea! I love using things in unexpected ways and you did just that! Where did you get those scrabble letters from?

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  14. I've seen those metal things too and thought they could be turned into something fabulous- I like what you did with them!! Very creative!

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  15. Once again you are so creative girl! His room is awesome!

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  16. I'm normally a lurker but had to comment to say thank you for the laugh.

    "I wander around hardware stores like a man in a lingerie department. I have no idea what half of the stuff actually is, but I still like looking around."

    I was drinking tea and nearly had an accident but so funny. SO FUNNY.

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  17. That little nook is so cute!!! Love all the special touches you're giving his room. and your bear light...girl, I spray paint pumpkins, so who you talking to?!?! When you posted it on instagram I thought it was the tiny honey bear!!

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  18. What a creative way to organize! Believe it or not, I purchased a sheet of the decorative metal about two weeks ago. I have big plans, but haven't gotten around to actually doing anything with it. Did you find the metal easy to cut with the scissors? I bought tin snips, but I would love to return them because I don't know if I would ever use them for anything else. Thanks again for another great idea!

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  19. Yes, it was surprisingly easy to cut. I thought it would be a lot harder than it was. I used a pair of kitchen scissors and they worked like a charm.

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