Brochure Stand and Mountain Cabin Decor

Brochure Stand and Mountain Cabin Decor

This magazine rack was a thrift store find that came home with me, even though I had no plan in mind. But it was heavy and sturdy (i.e., good quality) and seemed like it was a blank canvas for a future project. It finally dawned on me that it would be PERFECT as a brochure stand in a mountain cabin that my in-laws used to own.

wooden magazine rack

It actually reminded me of a similar wooden magazine holder that I had previously made overBut I went in a VERY different decor direction with that one…

From country decor to French farmhouse style

But this would would not only become functional for their rental property, but I could transform it into mountain cabin decor at the same time.

diy idea for a rental property

I decided that I could decorate the front of the brochure stand to coordinate with the mountain lodge decor in the cabin. And I had another idea to make the sides functional, as well!

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Stenciling a Brochure Stand for a Rental Cabin

Speaking of stencils, I found the perfect one and ordered it in a custom size to fit the brochure stand.

craft stencil for mountain cabin decor

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.

First, I used a dark (almost black) brown for the lettering of the mountain quote, and added a touch of dark green to the non-words.

brochure stand for mountain cabin rentals blue ridge ga

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!

brochure stand for north ga cabin rentals

Isn’t that seriously the best mountain quote? I have a feeling that I will get a LOT of mileage out of this vinyl stencil.

I could have stopped there for sure, but I decided to add one more touch.

Since this brochure stand will hold local pamphlets and maps for renters and travelers, wouldn’t it be nice to add pockets on the sides for local business cards, as well?

Making Business Card Holders from Leather Scraps

On one of my junkin’ journeys, I found a huge stash of leather scraps. I’m guessing that they came from a sample book from a furniture or upholstery store.

Either way, I bought a slew of them for future projects, and decided to repurpose some of them on this brochure stand.

upcycling idea for leather scraps

My plan? To take some of these leather scraps and create small pockets to be attached to the brochure stand. Perhaps smaller ones for business cards and maybe a large one on the back for local restaurant menus.

business card pockets from leather scraps

First, I used my mixed media shears to cut out small leather pockets that fit on the sides of the brochure holder.

leather pockets on a brochure holder

Then, I carefully attached each leather pocket to the brochure holder using tiny antiqued brass screws.

brochure holder and mountain lodge decor

And that was it! I was ready to place the brochure stand in one of their north Georgia cabin rentals!

Brochure Stand and Mountain Cabin Decor

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.

brochure holder for north georgia cabin rentals

And there it is! Ready to inspire visitors and renters to go on adventures near the mountain cabin rental. It fits right in with their mountain lodge decor, doesn’t it?

brochure stand and mountain cabin decor

Even my in-laws’ beloved kitty cat approves of the brochure stand. But the REAL question is…what should I used this mountain quote stencil on next??

mountain cabin decor in north ga cabin rentals

Here’s a zoomed out view of it in the cabin, behind the dining table. This photo was actually from the Zillow listing – and it has since sold. No more trips there, but I hope the new owners love it as much as our family did.

brochure holder

And if you enjoyed this easy upcycling idea for mountain cabin decor, then you may also be interested in this coat rack I made from a boat oar. It, too, was made for the same north Georgia cabin.

Upcycling a Boat Oar as a Nautical Coat Rack

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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. 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!! ( . 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:

    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!

  25. I love being a tourist so a rack holding brochures like that in place I was staying in would be just PERFECT! Great job.


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