Vintage Magazine Stand Makeover

I found this magazine stand at an Estate Sale a couple of years ago...yes, that's the one I went to 4 times! I finally finished it's makeover last Spring, but with moving and the holidays, I'm just getting around to sharing it with you. 

Welcome back to the 'Do It Over' Designers blog hop. We are a group of bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY.  I'm happy to host this hop and I hope you'll visit everyone to see what they have to share with you.  Their links will be listed at the end of this post.

The quick story behind this magazine stand?  
It was 5 bucks.  
My husband said it was ugly.  
I said, "SOLD!"  
One of the antique dealers there said it might be mahogany.  I wasn't convinced, but it sure was dirty!

A good scrub with soap and water and it was looking much better, but I was curious to see what was under that paint, so out came the Citristrip.
And there was green and blue paint under there too!  Take a look at this short video:
It was oddly satisfying to watch that paint just lift off the wood.

The flat surfaces looked great.  The spindles...not so great.
There were MANY hours of work done on these....Citrstrip, sandpaper, and sanding stick detailers.  Some of this paint just wasn't coming out. 
So the decision was made to finish this piece in a combination of stain and paint.  
The sides were veneer and were given a light coat of Red Mahogany stain.
The ends and the feet were a different wood, but I still stained them.
The etched detail was painted with antique gold paint.
The spindles were painted with black chalk paint and given some antique gold accents.
Almost done...
The entire piece was sealed with polycrylic and the project was done just in time to start packing for our move.  
The light makes the paint appear much shinier than it actually is...
I actually use it for books since I don't have magazine subscriptions anymore.  
Except for the one I pick-up at the library for book recommendations!

Even though the color looks lighter than it actually is in these pictures, it's a match to the Speaker Cabinet that I rescued last year.
Maybe, someday, they'll get to live in the same room! 


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Comments

  1. Wow, another stunning refinish makeover Ann! You sure did score; are there still pieces left to do from that Estate sale?

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara, and, actually there are! I've got LOTS of textiles, another doll dresser, and I've started relining the wicker baby carriage. There's probably more, but that's what I can think of at the moment. Stay tuned for more projects from me!

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  2. Amazing, Ann! What a treasure, I can't believe someone painted over that...I mean, I can, but wow. I give you a lot of credit, removing that paint is a huge job. It's a beautiful after and one I know you'll enjoy for a long time! Thanks for hosting the hop!

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    1. I hate to see pretty wood painted when it really isn't necessary. This was a 'labor of love'. Heck I worked on it for almost 2 years!
      I love this hop and the people in it. Such a joy and such talent! Thank you for being a part of it.

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  3. Oh my, Anne! What a transformation! I love the new look! You are one amazing refinisher! It takes talent to create a finish and design like that! Great job!

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    1. You are so kind! This was a case of 'Well, what do I do now?' I really wanted to get all the paint off, but it just wasn't in the cards, so I listened to what it was telling me.

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  4. Wow this is a beautiful piece. I can't believe someone painted this either.

    Stripping this was a ton of work. You were patient.

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    1. It really was a lot of work, but I worked on it in short bursts. It was definitely worth it!

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  5. That is so classy, and not at all ugly now! I couldn't imagine how the painted spindle sections were going to work until I scrolled down and saw what you had done, the dark paint with the gold touches is just perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. Those spindles really were a challenge. After hours and hours of work on them, the paint just wasn't going to budge....so, paint came to the rescue!

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  6. Great transformation - you have a lot of patience! I am sure you are enjoying this piece!

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    1. Thank you, Patti. It got put aside many times, but I always came back to it.

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  7. Wow, it's just beautiful now! Good job!!

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    1. Thank you, Tania. It was a labor of love!

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  8. Wow, talk about a trash to treasure transformation! I love the stain and paint combination with gold highlights. So pretty Ann!

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    1. I know! The good thing was it was structurally pretty solid. I've had other projects where there is lots of 'gluing and clamping'!

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  9. Beautiful makeover. I like it with the stain and paint combination. Your hard work paid off. What a great find!

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    1. Thank you so much. When it was all said and done, I was happy with the paint/stain look.

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  10. Ann.
    I love how this came out!! What a great transformation!! I especially like the use of the black paint with the gold accents!! Gorgeous!! I love the combination of paint and stain!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much, Debbie. I wasn't sure what it was going to look like for a while!

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  11. Wow, it looks beautiful now, great job!!
    Jenna

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  12. I remember a magazine stand like this one in my grandmother's house when I was a kid. Your finished project looks fabulous. The combination of painted wood with the natural wood grain really adds interest.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Carol. I fell in love with the curves it had and knew it could look so much better!

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  13. You did an amazing job on this makeover. The finished magazine stand looks classy and elegant. Thank you for linking up at Talent-Sharing Tuesdays, 4.
    Carol
    www.scribblingboomer.com

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    1. Thank you, Carol. I'm glad I found your blog and party!

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  14. You have quite an eye to see what that piece could be! Remarkable makeover!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. It 'evolved' as I worked on it....like so many of my projects do!

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  15. A totally gorgeous makeover! The poor thing looked like junk before your good work.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. It certainly was humble!

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  16. Ann,
    I love this makeover. Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2022/02/thursday-favorite-things-party.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you, Bev. I will definitely be by!

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    1. Thank you. This was a labor of love and the plan for it evolved as I worked on it. Sometimes I never know what the finished look will be!

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