August 6, 2012

Transforming A Barrel Magazine Holder

I transformed this old barrel magazine rack a few years ago


It was pre-blogging so I don't have a "Before" picture, it was basically brown and ugly 

I gave it a coat of white paint and added authentic vintage decals I found at an antique store


I'm showing this to you now because I am going to sell it in my booth.  Remember the kerosene heater table I transformed.....


.....Well, I loved it so much I wanted to keep it, but I have a rule, if something comes into my little house, something has to go out to make room so........


...........Out goes the magazine rack! 

I've also decided it's time to start selling all of my decorating magazines, I have boxes of them.  For years I would flip through old magazines for inspiration and now with Pinterest and blogs, I'm finding all of the inspiration I need

I will never stop buying them because sitting with a cup of coffee and reading my favorite magazine is something I really enjoy


The truth is I've run out of room under the guest room bed to store them and I never go through old copies any more.

This brings me to a question, do you keep all of your old magazines, or do you find yourself turning more to Pinterest and blogs for inspiration?

Happy Creating!
Carol

37 comments:

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

That heater is so sweet! I went through all my old magazines and kept the photos and articles I wanted. Put them into organized binders. I have binders for Christmas, gardening, home decor, etc. That way I have more space and can find what I need. I do find so much inspiration from blogs and pinterest now that I don't depend on magazines as much.

Melodee said...

just adorable Carol!!!! always amazed at what you can do!

Marilyn said...

My late husband had the same house rule, but I admit I cheated a lot of the time! He really didn't mind what I did in the house. I found the garage to be full of tools, more tools, etc. so he apparently didn't follow his own rule!

I think you made a very good decision to keep the heater. Last summer I sorted out a pile of magazine and kept only two--Tea Time and Romantic Homes. Oh, maybe some issues of Victoria, also. But that still left a stack.♥♫

Kasia Wolak said...

Oh I keep some mags and internet some. :) Your magazine rack is gorgeous! Then again, so is the stove! :D Girl, you rock!

Hugs,

Debbiedoo's said...

I need to follow your rules Miss Carol. It sure is cute, but I love the kerosene one better!~:)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm happy to hear you decided to keep the old heater, and I'm sure the sweet magazine bucket will be a huge hit in your booth. I have the same rule: if something stays, something has to go. I'm guilty of saving the same magazines...no matter how many times I read through them, I see something different.

Little Miss Maggie said...

I just go rid of six boxes of old magazines. I don't even miss them. I turn to pinterest more now and blogs of course. I love your barrel magazine holder. Very pretty.

Debbie said...

I think it'll sell quickly in your booth. It has such a sense of nostalgia about it. My grandmother had one like it, just not cute and pinked up.

I used to save more magazines, but I am just like you in that I don't save them as much now. I have whittled mine down to a few holders full which I'll keep updated. I still have more Christmas ones that I need.

NanaDiana said...

Love your heater, Carol! It is darling and a good trade for your sweet magazine stand.

I'm with you- I am slowly weeding out my magazine stash. The ones I won't part with are my issues of Romantic Home and the old Victoria ones I have- other than a few Christmas issues-I am passing them along. oh...and I am keeping some gardening ones, too. I blog more than I read magazines now- xo Diana

Ruby Jean said...

Oh isn't that cute... Leave it up to you to find something Creative to do with it. :)

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ahhh I have the same rule, something in = something out. Sadly I rarely follow it. :)
Still have many of the old Victoria's and Romantic Homes. Don't do pinterest just do not want to suck up any more of my time on the computer, I'm on here enough as it is LOL.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sit with my magazines and pull pages out to save. I can't keep them all any more! And I look at my favorite blogs much more than my magazines now! Enjoy your week!

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I bet both items sell fast, they are just adorable!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I keep some magazines, especially holiday issues, but keep inspiration binders with ideas and photos. I pass on many magazines to others, too! Thanks for stopping by, Carol!

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh, I love your creative pieces! The weathered whites and vintage decals...Ahhh! They are all so very cottagey.
I love visiting your blog...You are such a wealth of charming ideas and inspiration!
Have a wonderful week, Carol!
Blessings,
Carolynn

SavannahGranny said...

Carol, I love the magazine tub. I have one in the attic but without the legs. I think this is a "Carol" project I can pull off. I have been wanting to do one of those "Frenchy" waterslides. Would that work on the magazine container?
I have a gazillion Colonial Homes and Traditional Homes magazines. I didn't know there was a market for them. Let me know how they sell.
Thanks for visiting my garden. I really didn't think I would fool that many people. It was fun.
Have a great week. xo Ginger

It's All Connected said...

You have me laughing at this post! I've spent several days rereading and discarding massive piles of magazines. As a decorator, they where tools of the trade, but blogs and Pinterest have made them redundant. All except my stash of Victoria, that is! ~ Maureen

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Well Miss Carol...I have years and years worth of decorating magazines in my downstairs bedroom closet! They are mostly Victoria, Romantic Homes and Romantic Country. I can't seem to get rid of them. They are like a security blanket to me...I'm terrible!!! Love your little bucket mag holder and your heater. Really cool!

Dina said...

Dear Carol, I think I will establish your rule. It sounds good to me!
Love the magazine holder!!
I just keep the good magazines. There is just a sympathy for some of them and i trash the other ones or give them away.

Susan Erb said...

Carol,

I really need to adopt your rule! I do like Pinterest and I get so much inspiration from blogs that now magazines are more of a splurge than a must - have. That said, there is no replacing the relaxation of paging through a beautiful magazine. I save the February issues of my favorites because I love Valentine's Day!

Sue

rosieinspirations said...

Love that decal! Totally guilty of buying too many magazines but I love actually relaxing and holding the real thing in my hands. Now instead of keeping them or putting them in the recycle bin I share them with friends once a month.

Into Vintage said...

I keep way too many magazines, only because I don't tear out just the pages I'm interested in (one more thing to do) so I just keep the whole thing. I did start selling my MS mags on ebay since I had every one of them from the beginning of time and they sold really well. I do plan to part with more of them simply becuase of the space they take up and the fact some of them are never looked at more than once.

I think I am a magazine-aholic. :-)

Annesphamily said...

You don't want to know! LOL! I have a hard time parting ways with lots of stuff. But I am getting that Princess House outta my garage and selling it! I must have 30 boxes full!!!!
I love both your magazine rack and the table. Sweet sweet sweet! Good to visit today.
Have a great week!
Hugs Anne

The Painted Cottage Studio said...

Hi Carol!

Magazines are such a weakness of mine! I have (several) stashes of them and it's hard to get rid of the good ones. I pull out my favorite photos/articles and organize them in a binder, with tabs to help me find just the photo I know I have in there somewhere!

Michelle

Jann Olson said...

Hi Carol, love the new look! The heater is just too sweet. I like the barrel, but heater has it beat. I do not save all of my magazines. I go through them and tear out anything I might want to save. Other than my Country Gardens. I love them and refer to them often. Thinking os faving this years Romantic Homes for a while. I too love holding the real thing.
Hugs,
Jann

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

I used to purchase magazines all the time...but that was before blogging. Now, seriously I don't buy them anymore because I blog all the time it feels like I'm running a magazine myself....
and yes, because there is so much online, that my creative inspiration needs are being met. There is so much talent here in blogland...and it's a lot less clutter to view digital pages online.

thanks for sharing your decorating rule....one thing comes in...so something else must leave. That's exactly what I do...it's quite liberating.


ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Holly Loves Art said...

I'm so very impressed with your talents! The transformed heater table is fabulous!

Linda Bouf said...

I've seen these at tag sales. I love what you've done to this. Wonderful. Must find one....

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Bring Pretty Back said...

I would love to have your creative imagination and talent for just one day! WOW!
Thank you so much for your comment about the book!!
Have a pretty day my friend!
Kristin

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I don't subscribe to any magazines anymore. I do have all my old Martha Stewart magazines. I used to live near a fabulous library and would checkout gorgeous decorating books. Now I am inspired by blogs such as yours!!

lynn said...

i love that stove--i'd keep it too:) i don't save magazines anymore, carol. i'm like you--space challenged:)

Heart Vintage Design said...

I write the idea and page number on the cover with a sharpie and just shuffle through them. I just keep the ones that inspire me. Lately I don't seem to have time to read them thought.

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You are inspiring...not only with your crafts and makovers but with "one thing in-one thing out"...I need to do that! (you know!you've seen!)LOL!!!!!
I love my old magazines and go thru them once in awhile and sell them at the booths. I haven't gotten on the pin thing! I would never leave the house if I did!
THANK YOU for the postcards! Made my day!!!
Warmly,
deb

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

the truth is I hardly have time to read my new magazines coming in much less the saved ones and I have stacks of shelter magazines BUT I just can't bear to throw them out. Right now one stack is my bedside table...lol

Kelley Highway said...

I do keep my old magazines, but only for five years.

I have a shoe rack that I repurposed as a magazine rack that sits in my upstairs sala (living area where we relax in the evenings). I change out those magazines seasonally and look through every single one of them during the two months they're on the rack. Any magazine that will have its sixth birthday will have its special pages ripped out to keep, filed in the appropriate file folder, and the rest of the carnage thrown/given away. {I offer my magazines to my little Filipino neighbor "employees" but they always decline my offer.}

I have chosen to never, ever get on Pinterest. I don't trust myself to watch the clock, being too tempted to wile away too many hours.

And as far as blogs, I purge my feed of those, too, from time to time. Not everybody holds my attention like The Polka Dot Closet does!

Kelley of Kelley Highway

Devine Salvage said...

I just found you and will keep you forever. I have a little store on Ebay and Etsy Devine Salvage and like you we are interested in the same décor. I just found a stack of magazines yesterday and pulled them down because I thought they were Daddy's and he was bringing me a load (he is retired and has several antique booths in Dothan, AL) Well they were all of Country Living from 2007. The cover is what caught my eye on the first one and I would still make it my Master today if I were not married.

I also do a lot of Pinteresting. I still have my magazines by the bed and under though.

What brought me by was a link following ideas for my neices' wedding.

Well come by Devine Salvage on Facebook, Etsy and Ebay sometime. I love everything here so I will be back often. Cynthia