Perfectly Striped Magazine Holder!

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2 Hours

I love to read but also like to cozy up when I do, so our magazine holder is going to do double duty. Since this wooden holder is split right down the middle, I’ll store reading material on one side. And on the other? A colourful and cozy blanket. Specifically, an iconic multi stripe point blanket throw!

Painting around those dowels is going to be challenging, but we’ve got a trick for that!

To see all our tips and tricks for getting perfect stripes, watch this video.

For once we’re working with wood that likely won’t bleed. It’s scratched in some places and I can see there’s white wood under the stain. In addition, when I cleaned it, colour didn’t transfer to the cloth.

However, we’re using light colours so Hubs sprays on a coat of BOSS in white. If it does happen to bleed, we’re covered. And the white primer will save me having to do two coats of Fluff chalk paint. A win-win!

First, clean the piece well. Then for any deep gouges, use a wood filler like Dixie Mud. I add painters tape around the scratch so there’s less to sand. It also helps me ‘level’ the filler. Before priming, we also give it a light scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper.

Because it’s almost impossible to paint neatly around a spindle or dowel, here’s a great trick! First, put a painters stick underneath to protect the work surface. Then use a round punch to cut holes into a piece of painters tape.

Cut a slit on one end of the tape.

And wrap it around the dowel.

If you have a gap, fill in with another piece of tape. Done!

I find this to be a real timesaver. Instead of cutting dozens of pieces to wrap around, I only need one (or two at most).

If you don’t have a punch, get yourself one of those circle templates. Just trace the appropriate size and cut the hole with curved scissors.

I’m starting with the spindles. Because of the narrow gap between the bottom and bottom spindles, it’s best to use a flat artist brush like the one you see below. On the day I started this project Dixie Belle launched a new set of 4 artist brushes that I can’t wait to try!

Notice the blue paper? Use freezer paper or a paint protection paper to resist any accidental spills. I find when I use it, I don’t spill a single drop. But when I forget? It’s splotch city!

Mist the paint brush with water, dip into the paint and spread it along. To get all sides of the spindle, you’ll have to perform a little painter gymnastics! Turn the wooden magazine holder every which way to get all angles. Let the paint dry and if you see white peeking through, apply another coat if you wish.

After peeling the tape away, the sides are nice and clean!

Ironically, the colour I’m painting on the inside is similar to the protective paper! Because the lower spindle is so close to the bottom of the upcycled magazine rack, getting in there with a brush will be tricky! So I MacGiver my own paint tool for tight spaces out of scrap felt and an angled scraper tool. Visit our blog at the link below for more details on that.

While the inside dries, I move to the outside and paint a coat of Fluff with my mini angle brush. I only need one coat because of the primer.


Trace a template of the sides and draw your stripes (ours are 1″ wide). We use dot labels as visual reference for the colours we’ll paint each one.

I notch the ends of each line so I can add a tick mark in chalk on the top and bottom. Chalk easily erases!

Cut pieces of painters tape down the middle. I find laying it out on a cutting mat and scoring with a utility knife if the fastest way to do this. I was too lazy to pull out my larger cutting mat to accommodate the length of the tape, but you get the idea.

For a perfectly straight tape job, I clamp a ruler between the chalk marks. Keep in mind that the ruler should be positioned on the inside of the lines you’ll be painting.

When you peel up the tape from the cutting mat be aware that the straight edge (not the cut one) goes against the ruler. Watch the video at the start of this post to see the process!


Before starting, line up your chalk paint colours in the order you’ll be painting them. That way, there’s no chance of mixing up what goes where!

Because I don’t want accidental seepage of paint under the tape, I’m using a French Tip Brush to paint. That’s so I can offload the bulk of paint down the middle of each stripe and then brush in from the edges of the tape towards the middle. Watch the video to see how well that works!

First, mist the brush with water with a f ine spray water mister. Paint each colour on both sides. Then wash out the brush and move onto the next colour. The brush should be damp so washing between colours is perfect; no need to let the brush dry as long as you shake out the water well.

Don’t worry if the paint is streaky; subsequent coats will take care of that (this is after two coats). I paint with very little paint so I needed three coats. If you’re more heavy handed, you may get away with only two.


The black dowels are reminiscent of the point stripes on a 3-point blanket.

However, it’s not too exciting until you view the upcycled magazine rack from the side! Wow, those stripes! Speaking of stripes, the spines of my Canadian House and Home are so colourful, it’s like they were meant for a magazine holder like this!

That’s where this project really shines; with those perfectly painted stripes!

Now I’ve got my magazines and cozy point stripe blanket together in one pretty magazine storage rack. I always have aspirations to get more organized every New Year and this project hits the mark!

I’m just crazy about these iconic point blanket stripes! As a matter of fact, we’ve done several other projects with these bright and cheerful colours (visit us to see those; click below this post where you see our logo)!

I’m pretty sure this won’t be our last point stripe inspired project!

Hope you enjoyed learning how to paint perfect stripes! Today we’re taking part in a magazine holder challenge with a talented group of Dixie Belle bloggers! So if you’re looking to up the ante with your magazine rack decor, be sure to visit us at the link below to check those out too!


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  • Magazine holder   (thrifted)
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  • William William on Mar 03, 2022

    It's so lovely and fun. Always nice to make something your own. Amazing what paint will do. I love the idea of using half of it for a blanket. Great share

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Dec 02, 2022

    The Hudson Bay stripes are not seen so much anymore, now that so many retail stores have closed. ☹️

    Your new magazine rack gives a punch of energy to dark winter days. 🙂