Wednesday, June 26, 2013

15 Reader Space: A Marvelous Magazine Rack

You all know I rave just as hard over the smaller organizing projects as the huge ones.  Sometimes, I feature entire spaces, sometimes it comes down to a simple project.  They all make differences in our lives, and they are all important!

So today, let's chat about the simple things.  The type of project that you can do yourself and make a happily ever after impact.  My superpal, Jessica from Four Generations One Roof, had a little magazine issue that needed a quick fix solution before it drove her bonkers.

What I love about Jessica is that she isn't afraid to pick up a power tool and make things happen.  And that is what she did when she realized that magazines were constantly floating around their loo.  Yes my friends, we are chatting about storage in the bathroom, because let's face it, we need it there just as much as anywhere else in the home.

Here is Jessica to chat a bit more about her crazy awesome and simple DIY magazine rack.

What is the main function of your space?

"This is my husband's bathroom and the purpose of the DIY magazine rack was to keep his nasty magazines off the floor.  Ewwww factor.  I hate magazines in the bathroom but we have them and I am stuck with them so I decided to make a pretty wall mounted rack to keep them neat and off the floor."

Any superstar tips for keeping it organized?

"I mounted the rack to the wall near the toilet so it is VERY simple to place them in the rack.  The man has no excuses now! ha!"

What items were essential when working on this project?

"I used pine wood cut to size and coordinating bathroom paint. I also made two levels so the rack can hold up to 8 magazines." 

What did you do to go the extra mile and "Make it Pretty"?

"I used the same paint colors as the wall and baseboard to make it look built-in and custom."

What items did you DIY to stay on a budget?

"Everything was DIY. We used scrap wood so it was free!"

How has this project impacted your life for the better?

"No more nasty car magazines on the floor or countertop! Less anxiety and the door stays open now!" 

Who knew a simple little project could look so gorgeous and amazing when all was said and done?  I love the simplicity, the fact that it was FREE and that she created it to blend in with the rest of her beautiful bathroom.  Those walls are so freaking amazing!

Speaking of her beautiful bathroom, here are a few more shots of the marvelous space!  That tile had me at hello!

Gorgeous eh?

Everything Jessica touches turns into beautiful shiny gold!  To check out the full step by step DIY process to create your own magazine rack, check out her blog here.  And make sure to take off your shoes and stay awhile, she has done many amazing things over there.  You may remember her first Reader Space feature here.  Lovity love love!

Thanks to Jessica for sharing a super fantastic simple solution for a common household problem!

ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!


  1. What a beautiful space and great idea! I love this entire bathroom!
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  2. What an awesome idea! So simple yet so impactful! Love the bathroom

  3. Yay! Thanks so much Jen for the feature, you are a rockstar! :)

  4. I just love this! Do you have any other magazine storage ideas?

    Diana Rose@ Bride Eyed and Bushy Tailed.

    1. My husband is building the same sort of thing in oak, finished in the same color as our end tables in the living room that are closed in. It will be on the side toward the chair. Only for one or two magazines.

  5. Such a great idea! The rest of the bathroom looks lovely too!

  6. How clever! I love this:)


  7. I have always been told to store your toothbrush at least 6 feet away from the toilet, because of the toilet mist when the toilet id flushed. My side wall is always splattered with crusty water that is hard to clean off. I am looking for bathroom decorating ideas and do love this bathroom. I'm stealing a few ideas here. Keep them coming!!!

    1. DWD, that problem is reduced (not eliminated perhpas, but significantly reduced) if you put the lid down before flushing!

    2. Ditto to what May said! It's the first thing I taught each of my little guys! :D


  8. That magazine rack is such a good idea! I really love the entire bathroom, so pretty!


  9. This is such an awesome idea!

  10. I love it when women aren't afraid of power tools! I am so impressed {and jealous!} that she installed this herself. I've installed a door handle and latch, but that's all the farther I've gotten. Baby steps! ;) Thanks so much for sharing this handy little project! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

  11. I love all the post on here! Since I have your blog, i have been reading through everything. It's a good and bad thing! =) I could literally stay up very late going through all your posts! Can you be my best friend? lol!
    So blessed !

  12. Lovely, smart idea for a small space like this one!


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