Upcycling a Magazine Rack by Terri Gifford

Hi all. My name is Terri Gifford and I am so excited and proud to be a new blog ambassador for Hochanda. A little about myself… I am from the USA but have lived in East London for nearly 11 years. Before moving to the UK, I was an interior designer but also have always had a love for pattern and graphic arts. I currently own a dog grooming salon, but my true love is arts and crafts. I don’t know when I actually started crafting because I can remember doing some sort of art and crafts since I was a child. So, that’s a bit about me, I hope you enjoy my posts and I do hope they inspire you to let your imagination and creativity soar.
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I have so many fabulous ideas I had no idea where to start, then, one evening when I got home, I saw it… an old dark wood magazine rack set out by the bin. I would never usually considering selecting this type of accessory for my home, but for some reason this one cried out to me to be upcycled (yes, I am a “dumpster diver” …).  My mind started racing with ideas, and I decided to use a bit of gesso, Unicorn Spit and stencils. I am going to attempt to turn this … outdated… magazine rack into a rack that I can store my large crafting tools, ie. Groovi light board, score board, stamping platforms, etc. So, here we go…
I started buy disassembling the rack and lightly sanding all of the pieces to help the gesso adhere a bit better. I then roughly covered all of the items with gesso, I didn’t wan t a smooth or solid coverage. I had a vision of a sort of weathered look with some of the old wood, the gesso and the unicorn spit all blending together.
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After the gesso was completely dry, I dove in for my first play with Unicorn Spit. I selected Weathered Wood stain and began applying it to all of the pieces but the spindles on the sides and the knobbles at either end.
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During this process I found that it was better to leave the stain on a bit longer… but, I also realised that instead of a mixture of textures… I had made a surface that was very similar to petrified wood. The stain had taken on the characteristic of the gesso texture. I have to say I absolutely loved doing this and I think I am hooked with the staining … will definitely be getting other colours.
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Once I was done staining the main pieces, I used Pebeo spray paint I had just gotten at the NEC. I have been wanting to try spray painting so I thought this would be a good start… This was a fun process but I have to admit that I need some practice using lighter sprays… but I am happy with the result.
I wanted to add a pop of colour to compliment the ‘petrified wood’ look I have just made. So the spindles and knobbles got some colour…
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Let’s decorate the end panels… as beautiful as they are, they could use a bit of fun… so Leonie’s stencils and Indigoblu paints to the rescue… I wanted the paint to pop, but blend in with the base colours, so I tapped the sponge to leave only a bit of paint, similar to dry brushing.
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Here is one of the end panels, like the way the colour blends
In with the background, kind of like they were weathered
Together.
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On the handle, I used Leonie’s masks and a couple other stencils but again only used a dry sponge…
Once all of the painting was done, I put 3 coats of an arcrylic matte sealer on all of the pieces. I really wanted to use a spray sealant but after an exhaustive search, I conceded that I have put my spray sealer in a very safe place… so I used what I had…
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Time to re-assemble and fill it up…
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I hope you enjoyed this process, it was my first upcycled piece and I really enjoyed it.  Thank you for viewing my first blog post for Hochanda, I hope you enjoyed it… many more on the way.
Terri~

2 thoughts on “Upcycling a Magazine Rack by Terri Gifford

    1. Thank you Heather. I had a lot of fun and am just so excited to be blogging for hochanda and crafting regularly… 💙😎

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