Mountain Cabin Brochure Holder

Mountain Cabin Brochure Holder

A funny, but true story- I picked up this heavy wooden magazine holder two years ago. I didn’t know what I’d end up doing to or with it, but it was so heavy and well-made that I couldn’t pass it up. But, it sat in our garage for all that time…and I was just about ready to put it in our donation pile. Right before I had given up hope, though, I posted it in a fun upcycling group on Facebook and asked for DIY ideas. One of the other members said that she’d use it in her lake house to hold brochures for renters, and I had a HUGE “Duh!” moment. This would be PERFECT for the cabin in Blue Ridge!

Vintage wooden magazine holder at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The original picture…from 2015!

I brought it home and cleaned it up- I mean, it was dusty when I brought it home in 2015, so you can imagine how it was another two years later! I knew I wanted to stencil something cabin-y or mountain-y on the front…just a little something extra without covering up that gorgeous old wood.

Vintage wooden magazine holder from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It’s really a nice, heavy old piece…

After finding the perfect stencil, I started gathering up my stenciling supplies. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Getting ready to stencil a mountain sign on the heavy old magazine holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Say a little stenciling prayer for me!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve really been working on my stenciling game. I’ve found that I can use inexpensive craft paint and it works just fine. For me, the secret to stenciling success is in the brushes I use! And I seriously love the ones that come from this shop. Anyway, I used a dark (almost black) brown for the lettering…and added a touch of dark green to the extras.

Stenciling a mountain sign on a vintage wooden magazine holder to repurpose for cabin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Stenciling with multiple colors- that’s new for me!

When all was said and done, this is how it looked! And yes, I added just the slightest touch of white to the mountain tops!

Repurposing a vintage magazine holder into a brochure holder for the mountain cabin by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Another stenciling success story for me!

I could have stopped there for sure…but I decided to add one more touch. Since this brochure holder will hold local pamphlets and maps for renters and travelers, wouldn’t it be nice to add pockets on the sides for business cards, as well?

On one of my junkin’ journeys, I found a huge stash of leather swatches- I’m guessing that they came from a sample book from a furniture or upholstery store. But I bought a slew of them for future projects- just like this one!

Leather swatches from old furniture upholstery book to be repurposed on brochure holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A funny (but useful) find at a thrift store…

After selecting a rich, chocolately brown, I used my mixed media shears to cut out small leather pockets that fit on the side of the brochure holder.

Repurposing leather swatches from an old furniture upholstery book to be repurposed on brochure holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Picking out the right color…

Repurposing leather swatches from an old furniture upholstery book to be repurposed on brochure holder by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Making little leather “pockets” for local business cards!

Then, we carefully attached each pocket to the brochure holder using tiny antiqued brass screws. There- now it’s done!

Vintage wooden magazine holder repurposed into mountain themed brochure holder for rental cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh, I just love how it turned out!

How perfect is that? The brochure holder will live in the rental cabin, filled with maps, booklets, and inspiration for mountain adventures! I’ll collect some business cards from favorite shops, orchards, and restaurants to add to the pockets, as well.

Vintage wooden magazine holder repurposed into mountain themed brochure holder for rental cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

Think if I tweet this photo to Ian Somerhalder he’ll actually see it? You know I’m totally going to try!

Vintage wooden magazine holder repurposed into mountain themed brochure holder for rental cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cover boy for 2017!

I love how the brochure holder turned out and I can’t wait to deliver it to the cabin! And if you’re interested in more cabin details, you can check out the rental page here.

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Vintage wooden magazine holder repurposed into mountain themed brochure holder for rental cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Fonda Rush says:

    This is excellent! What a nice presentation! You done good!!! It’ll look great in the cabin. Love it.

  2. Love your story! I was doing something similar – not so creative however! I was about to throw a microwave egg maker into the donation pile a couple of months ago ( we don’t eat eggs OR own a microwave anymore!) and my husband said, “Hey weren’t you looking for something to hold your yarn with a hole in it while sewing?” OMG a yarn holder! It’s perfect.

  3. Love this!

  4. I just checked our your (?) cabin… wow! So pretty. I need to keep it in mind for a future trip!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you! It’s Jon’s parents’ cabin- they’re hoping to build more of them in that area. Personally, I hope they do because I LOVED shopping for vintage fishing/hunting decor for it. 😉

  5. Oh yeah, that’s a perfect use for that! Your stenciling came out great too! Love it.

  6. “The Mountains …” is a great quote from John Muir. My husband and I say it to each other all the time. We didn’t make it to the mountains this summer, and I feel the loss. great project.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It is definitely a quote that speaks to my soul. After spending most of my life in the Chicago area and then South Florida, it was like being reborn to live near mountains for the first time! Thank you so very much and I really hope you get to visit the mountains soon- no one should go too long without time spent there.

  7. What a brilliant idea – both the new purpose and the leather pockets! That stencil is just too perfect and even the size was meant for this holder. Pinned and sharing

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      The shop I ordered the stencil from is wonderful about customizing sizes!! (http://www.thestencilsmith.com/) . They make my life easy…and once my mother-in-law saw the photos of the brochure holder this morning, she had a great idea- add another larger leather pocket to the back for local menus! So, I guess I’m not quite done with the project after all, hahaha! 🙂

  8. Love this upcycle and being a mountain lover myself I love the picture and quote on the front. I live in the flattest part of the UK by the way and about as far away from the see as you can get. Which is hard when you love the mountains and the sea so much. I was grew up on a mountain next to the sea and my husband’s family is from Norway. Maybe one day we can live in the Norwegian Fjords.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I grew up in flat areas my whole life (outside of Chicago, Illinois and then in southern Florida). Once we moved to the mountains (well, we’re in what are called foothills, but the mountains are just a few miles away), I really felt “home”. They are just a most inviting landscape! My husband has Norwegian blood, too! Our last name is Ramberg…and there is a Ramberg Beach in Norway that we want to visit!

  9. Love it!!! Was looking for a link to where you purchase your stencils. Where do you get your stencils?

  10. Great stencil and fabulous upcycle! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  11. Great idea and it turned out perfectly!

  12. Clever idea for a mountain cabin. Love the biz card holders on the sides too.

  13. This is such a great idea and would be perfect for a weekend project!

  14. Bingo! I love those lightbulb moments like that. You rocked it! ♡♡

  15. Very cute idea and handy also.

  16. What a superb idea, Sarah! The business card holders are just the perfect touch on an already perfect makeover! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday 😉

  17. acraftymix says:

    Upcycle sharin’ is such a fun Facebook Group. I absooooolutely love the ideas everyone comes up with. Great idea to add the business card holders to the sides. It does make it so much easier when you go away for a weekend having all the information in one place

  18. GREAT idea!

    Please come share at Reader Tip Tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/15/reader-tip-tuesday-craft-recipe-party/

    xo hope to see you there…

  19. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Such a great idea Sarah. I think that the use of that cool stencil is spot on and of course the leather really gives it a rustic cabin look. And the Vampire doesn’t hurt either. 😉

  20. Another slam dunk, I love the transformation and your stenciling is very good. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  21. Great idea, Sarah! A perfect piece for the mountain cabin and the leather pockets to hold local info is genius! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

  22. So smart! Love your idea. Pinned and will use for our rental in VT!

  23. LOVE IT!!!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Waste Not Wednesday.

  24. Marty Larson says:

    This is a fabulous project! The quote is one of my favorites. As a Rocky Mountain girl transplanted to Western New York State, which I find to be flat, I’ve been known to walk around chanting this.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Marty!! I lived in flat lands my entire life until we moved to the foothills of the Appalachians in 2009. No where near the gloriousness of your Rockies, but I can’t imagine ever living in flat lands again now!

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