I will start right off by saying I am not a fan of magazines in the bathroom. Icky and gross. However, it exists in our home. So, in an attempt to organize these magazines and keep them off the floor or the toilet tank, I decided to make a wall mounted DIY magazine rack for our bathroom. I used left over pine and birch that we had left over from previous projects and created a wall mounted magazine rack in an afternoon.
Here is the blank wall in our bathroom.
I used 1 x 2 pieces of pine.
Start by measuring how high you want your rack to be. Use a level to mark your area and cut your wood to the desired length.
Be sure to use a level to ensure the rack is straight and level.
I used a nail gun (2″ nails) to adhere the wood to the wall. As you can see, I had to work around the wainscoting detail on the wall so if your wall is flat (no molding) it will be a little easier for you.
Be sure to nail the top and bottom.
Depending on your base molding, your rack may or may not be flush with your base molding. You will need to think about this prior to purchasing your materials for your rack. Mine doesn’t fit perfectly flush with the base molding but I am fine with that.
Decide how wide you want your rack to be and secure another piece of wood to the other side.
Next, I added a piece of 1×3 for the bottom and the top rack (for the magazine to rest on).
Next, I add a top piece. Use a level to ensure your board is straight.
Fasten with your nail gun.
I added another board 7″ inches down from the top. Be sure to place the board a bit higher then the inside board (against the wall) so your magazine won’t slide out.
Use a level to ensure it is straight.
Awww, isn’t it looking cute?
Once you have completed your magazine rack, now you need to fill the nail holes with putty, caulk any seams or spaces, prime and paint.
My husband thought I was out of my mind when I started this project but he loves his slot for his Car and Driver magazine.
The walls are Rhinestone by Sherwin Williams which is essentially a White with a gray tint to it. I chose to paint the magazine rack bright white by Sherwin Williams, the same color as the base board and trim.
I love that the magazine rack is mounted to the wall. I think it makes the space seem organized but not cluttered.
There you have it, a DIY magazine rack mounted to the wall. This project took under 3 hours and was free! By using scrap pieces of wood and a little creativity, our magazines now a have a home in our bathroom. If you would like to see the rest of this bathroom, be sure to check out our recent spring makeover and our Christmas bathroom makeover which shows all the before and after pictures of this bathroom. It’s come along way from the outdated pink 1970’s style bathroom.
PS. Mohawk Rug giveaway until July 4, 2013: See our new pink rug in our family room and don’t forget to enter to win your own Mohawk rug here