Baking Pan Storage in a Kitchen Caddy

Baking Pan Storage in a Kitchen Caddy

Magazine holders are a pretty common sight at thrift stores, aren’t they? I’ve certainly seen my fair share of them, and have even repurposed a few of them before. Upcycling another one wasn’t a priority for me, but this particular one couldn’t be passed up. Large, sturdy, and ripe for a makeover, it seemed destined to become a kitchen caddy.

Wooden magazine holder at Goodwill

Why, you might ask? Well, it really was the straight up-and-down sides that spoke to me.

Most magazine racks are angled out (as if you were looking straight at a boat from the tip of the bow). And sure, you could put cooking supplies, but they wouldn’t be as secure and would need a wider space to live in a kitchen.

But not with this large magazine rack! As tall as he was, he was still relatively narrow and compact.

Upcycling idea for a large wooden magazine holder

He was in desperate need of attention no matter what. Neglect had created a thick coat of dust and muck all over.

Cleaning a magazine holder before painting

But that was fine! Once he was all cleaned up, the transformation would be pretty easy and straight forward.

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Transforming a Wooden Magazine Holder into a Kitchen Caddy

First things first, a fresh paint job! I selected a pale, heathery grey for my magazine rack

Though I don’t use grey very much, I thought it would be ideal for a clean, almost modern farmhouse look.

Spray painting a kitchen caddy

I wasn’t sure if I’d find the “right” grey spray paint and figured I might have to buy regular paint. But there it was on the shelf at Home Depot- the perfect pale grey color!

After I was satisfied with the paint job, I used my favorite flexible sandpaper to distress the edges and corners.

Distressing spray paint on baking pan storage

I didn’t want to over-distress the paint, as I hate how forced and unnatural that can look. So, I focused solely on the edges and corners where it would naturally get bumped and such.

When all was said and done, this is how he looked. 

Kitchen caddy as a baking sheet organizer

All fresh and clean now, and primed for the finishing touches to become a kitchen caddy and baking sheet organizer!

Of course, I could have stopped at this point- but what’s the fun in that? I figured if I took a couple of additional steps, it would make this project just that much better!

First, I used my drill to attach four small (1½”) casters to the underside of the kitchen caddy.

Attaching wheels to a kitchen caddy

The bottom of this particular magazine rack is actually set in/raised so that he sits on the side rails as feet. So, I placed the casters far enough in to rotate fully without butting up against those side rails.

Lastly, I drilled in two black robe hooks, one on each side of the kitchen caddy.

Hooks for oven mitts on a baking sheet organizer

You could certainly add more hooks than that, depending on what you plan on hanging. But two were good enough for me.

Baking Pan Storage in a Kitchen Caddy

And that was it! My kitchen caddy and baking sheet organizer was done and ready to be filled with cooking supplies.

Baking pan storage in a wooden magazine holder

Doesn’t it look SO MUCH BETTER than before? Modern farmhouse style and easily upcycled into kitchen storage, which we can always use more of.

For those of us with smaller or galley-style kitchens, this sucker really comes in handy. ESPECIALLY if you have an empty narrow space that is under-utilized.

The casters make it easy to move and it can hold whichever cooking supplies make the most sense. For me, that included bakeware (sheet pans, muffin tin, etc.), and baking supplies such as tin foil and parchment paper.

Oh! And those hooks I added to the sides of the kitchen caddy? Those are for my oven mitts!

Baking pan storage in a kitchen caddy

I just LOVE upcycling the magazine racks for any variety of storage options, well beyond the glossy pages of your favorite rag.

Would this kitchen caddy and rolling storage bin come in handy for you?

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for kitchen storage, then you may also be interested in this set of retro canisters that I made! They started out as misfits from multiple sets!

Retro canisters with a mid century modern font for aqua kitchen decor

And these recipe card holders are SUPER EASY to make if you have a few vintage kitchen tools laying around, too!

Recipe holder as a clothespin craft with vintage kitchen utensils

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. I love it! And I love the paint color you chose! Great job!!!

  2. Oh my gosh so cute! Now I have got to find one! 🙂

  3. Really like that bakeware storage in a magazine rack. But alas, my magazine rack is in a table. Too big for wall or counter.

  4. So cute! From one tiny handed girl to another, I need those oven mitts!

  5. I love this! So clever, functional, and great looking! You come up with the best projects, Sarah!

  6. That was a great find! I am actually using an old magazine rack for my cutting boards and cookie sheets. It has angled sides – sure would love to find one with straight ones! Yours looks great and the wheels are the perfect touch!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      That’s what I figured…the angled sides would work, but the straight sides make it a little less cumbersome. Happy hunting and thank you!

  7. Very clever upcycle! I haven’t seen a magazine rack like this before but would love to find one. This would come in real handy. Love it!

  8. Sarah, this is another one of those, wow how did she ever come up with this awesome idea posts! I love the addition of the casters on this caddy too!

  9. Hmmmm, I like the idea of wheels! I have some awesome vintage magazine racks that I adore but with my aversion to digital magazines, the racks get soooooo heavy! Wheels will make them so much easier to access my favorite mags! Just roll ’em around in the guest bedroom or family room to find that sweet spot on a cool Fall day while sipping on yummy coffee! Wheels and side hooks…

  10. I really like it. This week I came home with a black, rustly magazine rack that is due for painting. I have another magazine rack that might work for this project. My kitchen does not have space underfoot to use this, but on my next trip to ReStore, I’m looking for the casters!

  11. What a cute idea, I love this! Happy Saturday!

  12. Rebecca Payne says

    So Creative! I love it.


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