Stencil Storage in a Repurposed Magazine Rack

Stencil Storage in a Repurposed Magazine Rack

I have a confession to make- I’m REALLY excited about today’s project post. Not only did it solve a storage problem I had, but it’s also an announcement of sorts. I’ve joined the “Thrift Store Décor Team”, which is a group of the most amazing upcycling/transformation bloggers around. Once a month, we all repurpose a thrift store piece (something small- no big furniture) to post on the second Wednesday of the month. And at the end of my post, you’ll see ‘before’ photos of their projects with direct links to click on for the ‘after’ results! These are ladies I’ve followed and admired for YEARS, so it’s pretty humbling for me to be included.

But first, let’s talk about my project. So, I found this vintage pressed cane magazine rack a couple of years ago. It sat in the garage for that entire time, holding random picture frames and other bits that I would trudge home from my thrifting adventures.

Vintage pressed cane magazine rack to be upcycled and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods /

Begging for a makeover, yes?

It was already beat up when I bought it- with flaking veneer, missing knobs, and other assorted ailments. And two years of garage life hadn’t done it much good, either- so it was high time I brought it out from the shadows. My plan? To repurpose it into DIY stencil storage! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience. Similarly, as a member of the DecoArt Art Room Team, DecoArt paint has been provided to me at no cost.

First things first- I had to clean it up and give it a “dust-scrubbing”…because the dust had seemingly fused with the wood. How does that even happen? But once it was relatively clean, I set up my spray paint station, grabbed a can of white paint, and gave it a fresh makeover.

Spray painting a vintage pressed cane magazine rack for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods /

Let’s get fresh and bright!

I gave it two coats of paint over the course of a day, when the unthinkable happened. A bird had pooped on my magazine rack.

Spray painting a vintage pressed cane magazine rack for repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods /

Oh no!!

I mean, COME ON! On fresh white paint, no less. Thank goodness for disinfectant and yet another coat of paint!

Things can only go up from here- so let’s get back to it. Sanitized and re-painted, I could now focus on the two pressed cane panels. I had three options: (1) leave it as is, (2) cross stitch on it with yarn, or (3) paint it a different color. I decided to go with Door #3 and choose a dark metallic silver to make the cane kinda-sorta look like a metal grate!

Dark metallic silver for an industrial look…

I started using a regular paint brush, but quickly realized that one of my stencil brushes was a MUCH better choice! Swirling and stippling gave the cane a slightly weathered, roughed up industrial look- something I was very happy with.

Stencil brush > flat brush!


Once the makeover was complete, I could focus on how I would use it as stencil storage. I had purchased some really cool tree-free folders for my smaller stencils, and found four older legal-sized hanging folders at the thrift.

Upcycling a vintage magazine rack into DIY stencil storage and organization by Sadie Seasongoods /

Now for my magazine rack’s new purpose…

Of course, not ALL of my stencils would fit in the folders, but the majority of them could! Stencil storage has plagued me for a while now…how to keep them flat and organized without taking up a ton of room.

Creating DIY stencil storage and organization in a repurposed magazine rack by Sadie Seasongoods /

FINALLY! I’ll have a place to keep these flat and organized…

After gathering my stencils into ‘like’ categories, I made some simple labels, fixed them to the folders, and plopped everything in my freshened-up magazine rack! The hanging folders are simply the perfect length for the rack- and I used a block of wood in the center to push the folders flat, so that they stand up straight.

Vintage pressed cane magazine rack upcycled as industrial style stencil storage by Sadie Seasongoods /

Yowza! I love it.

Vintage pressed cane magazine rack upcycled as industrial style stencil storage by Sadie Seasongoods /

Stencil storage made easy!

I LOVE it!! And now I don’t have to worry about those pesky smaller stencils getting bent or lost.

Now…ready to see what the Thrift Store Décor Team has created? Just click on the links below this photo go to each one!

Thrift Store Decor Team Home Decor Repurpose, Upcycle, Makeover, and Transformation DIY Projects

1. Decorative iPad Stand

2. Multiple Use Candlestick Makeover

3. Popcorn Tin Makeover

4. Antique Mirror Makeover

5. Repurposed Magazine Rack

6. Jewelry Tray Makeover

7. Repurposed Lamp Necklace Holder

And don’t forget- if you are looking for more DIY organization/storage inspiration, check out my full project collection here!

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  1. Beverly Lovegrove says:

    I love it! Well done! (I snickered when I read the bird poop part…..I’ve had some close calls with the birds and my painting projects, luckily for me, their aim was a bit off….)

    Looking forward to the second Wednesday of every month, to see all the creations!

  2. Brilliant repurpose! Love how it turned out, and how you did the cane panels to look like metal. I have a wooden magazine rack that I’ve been holding on to. I was wanting to use it for storing my cookie sheets, but I really don’t have a place for that. But a portable filing rack I could use. I don’t have very many stencils so I will use it for important papers that we want easy access too.

  3. I see those ugly magazine holders at the thrift store ALL THE TIME and never once thought to make one into a file folder holder. Great idea!

  4. Great idea!! Love it, pinned it!!

  5. I love this makeover, this would be perfect in my kitchen, where all the “stuff” seems to pile up!

  6. Sandra Steele says:

    This is a brilliant idea! I have struggled with storing my stencils now for the last two years since I have accumulated so many. I LOVE stencils and use them often and never found a good option to store them other than flat in a drawer which caused me issues finding the one I need since I had to go through the pile to get at it. I never thought about doing this! Thank you so much for sharing this idea, now I am going to keep an eye out for an old magazine rack at the thrift stores! Stencil organization will soon be mine!

  7. Where do you get your stencils?

  8. Such a smart organization idea! Love the crisp white with the metallic pop!

  9. What a great project! I love how it turned out…and so useful, too! I just happen to have one waiting for a makeover. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  10. Now this is a fantastic idea. So much better than my old boxful of stencils. This will be going on my must make list.

  11. Sarah,

    Welcome to the team! We’re so happy to have you on board.
    I love how you transformed your magazine rack into a stencil storage rack. Super cute!

    ps pinning!

  12. Very smart idea for storing stencils and it looks pretty too! Pinned to my Stencil Tips board

  13. That is very, very clever! And congrats on joining the Thrift Store Decor team! Well deserved.

  14. Sadie, First of all….welcome to our little group! So happy to have you with us on our thrifty journey. I have a rack very similar to this. I never thought to put file folders in it! Genius! So going to do for my stencils and the overheads that I make for tracing. XO – Christy

  15. This is a great idea! I have a couple different magazine racks hanging around & this is a good use for them. My small stencils are currently in several different binders, but a magazine rack would be a good place to store them. 🙂

  16. Great idea, Sarah! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!

  17. Those magazine racks are definitely prolific at the thrift stores, and you are making great use of it now! Sometimes it’s hard to figure out the best use for these, but you did a good one!

  18. Fabulous idea!!! I have a magazine rack waiting to hold my stencils!

  19. This is the kind of project I enjoy the most and one of the reasons I adore going to yard sales and thrifts. Instead of just buying something to solve a problem and paying top dollar, repurposing someone’s cast off into something unique through creativity is what interests me. Creative reuse as usual!

  20. acraftymix says:

    That so works for me Sarah and I know we have something similar gathering dust somewhere in the garage. I guess I’m going have to get my dust bunny suit on and haul her out of there real soon

  21. I love this, Sarah! I’ve always struggled with stencil storage too! Guess I’ll be heading to the garage to find one of those magazine racks;)

  22. Peg MacDougall says:

    another great re-purpose, will use mine for files. thank you <3

  23. Oh how I would love to walk the floors of several thrift stores with you! The “special vision” your eyeballs have never fails to amaze me! Looks great!


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