Shabby Chic Magazine Rack: 25 Spindles


If something has 25 spindles and you want to paint it, should you buy it? Probably not. But no one told me that before I purchased this sweet magazine rack. I thought it would be so pretty! And it was! Pretty challenging. Pretty time consuming. You get the picture. Despite the challenge I'm glad I bought it, and I'm happy with the result.

Before

I think the curves on the spindles makes it oh-so-charming. It had a dark finish that was worn over time, so I decided to give it a brighter look.

Before: Magazine rack with 25 spindles.
Before: Magazine rack with 25 spindles.

I chose Antoinette Pink to sweeten the look. I didn't have much paint left, but there was enough to finish the project. A little bit goes a long way.

Antoinette Pink.
Antoinette Pink.

I actually don't mind painting spindles, but these were especially tough because of the tight space in which I had to work. I used my favorite brush which has a short handle and that gave me a little more flexibility to reach the tight spaces. The brush also has long flexible bristles which helped to further spread the paint around.

Use a short handle brush for tight spaces.
Use a short handle brush for tight spaces.

Sometimes I just had to get the brush in any which way I could and just jiggle it around to smear on some paint. About half way through I realized that the spindles, although not loose, had enough give in them to twist them around. That sure made it easier to paint!

Jiggle the brush to spread the paint.
Jiggle the brush to spread the paint.

Nevertheless, I still felt like I was doing some serious yoga moves to apply the paint. Eventually the paint was applied, and I decided to give it a distressed look by using a wet distressing method (rub a damp washcloth over the paint). It was difficult to control the amount of distressing due to the tight angles, so I may have gone a little overboard. But at this point I wasn't going to repaint it.

I used a damp wash cloth to wet distress the paint.
I used a damp wash cloth to wet distress the paint.

After

I sealed the paint with soft clear wax. I used a lint free cloth to apply the wax (instead of using a wax brush).

Shabby chic magazine rack painted in Antoinette Pink.
Shabby chic magazine rack painted in Antoinette Pink.

I thought the project was done, but after letting the wax cure for about a week, I got the crazy notion that it needed dark wax. Which meant more time invested in the project, but I think the dark wax gives it a bit more character and compliments the heavy distressing.

Dark wax applied.
Dark wax applied.

My favorite part of the piece are the dainty turned legs.

This shabby chic magazine rack has dainty turned legs.
This shabby chic magazine rack has dainty turned legs.

It has plenty of room to store books and magazines next to a cozy reading chair.

Before and after shabby chic magazine rack.

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