10.12.2010

Recessed Magazine Rack

Hi everyone. Just wanted to thank all of the new followers that have joined along. I really love hearing from all of you and I thank you for taking the time to leave your comments.


 Let us revisit this little problem shall we?  You can review my slight anger management problem here. So, what does one do when there is a hole in the wall?


One makes it bigger of course. Or one gets hubby to make it bigger. Look what was in there. A metal strap on both sides. I'm no construction guru but this seems excessive to me. This is just a pony wall. He had to work a bit to cut through the metal but he did it. It was opened up as wide as it could be between the 2 2x4's.


This is the bad boy that was used to cut through the metal strap. It's the Dremel Advantage. It's quite the handy tool to have. I must explore it more as it even has a router attachment. It was such a tight spot to work in I couldn't get a picture of it in action.



Then he put this little box together with leftover stuff we had from the half bath. Basically it is just 4 pieces of wood. In this case it's mdf and a piece of bead board for the back. Just measure out the hole that you just cut. Two 1/4 inch holes were drilled in the sides for the dowels which hold the magazines in place. I gave it all a coat of glossy white paint.


He slipped it into the hole in the wall and screwed it to the 2x4's on either side. Then counter sank them so I could just fill and paint. The trim I had to get. I matched up to the trim in the bathroom. The bottom piece of trim creates just a bit of a lip to hold the magazines in along with the dowels. These are simple miter cuts that can be cut with a miter saw or a simple miter box and a hand saw. Fill in any gaps with caulk. Then touch up with paint.




Now I must edit my magazine and catalog stash. It's a sickness. I need help. The ones I will keep will go elsewhere so I don't trip every time I go potty.  Do you have a magazine obsession like me? How do you keep it under control?


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60 comments:

  1. What a neat idea, and how lovely to have a handy husband! Lx
    P.s You should see the magazine stack next to my bed... I just can't bare to part with any of them though!

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  2. That was such a better idea than some of the suggestions that I had :P Haha.
    It truly does look amazing though! Good job!

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  3. Oh my....not only is it a practical solution, but it looks so good. These need to be installed in bathrooms everywhere. I am glad you made a hole in your wall. Good riddance phone jack.

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  4. Wow, that is a great idea! I need to go bust me out a hole now. :)

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  5. Hi Anita,
    I love your magazine rack! Looks like you have lots of great reading there! I am in love with magazines, too. As soon as we are done with them, I try and put them in a "donate" pile. Our local library has a bin where you can leave them, or take some, too. Ok, I have a hard time parting with decorating magazines, don't ask me how many of those I have tucked away!!

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  6. I love the look of built-in storage! Looks great!

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  7. I have a major magazine obsession. I probably read 25 - 30 a month. Plus all my catalogs... Its a bad bad addiction! Glad I am not the only one.

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  8. Great idea! And believe me, you are not alone in your magazine/catalog addiction. ... I do feel bad about the trees lost in the process too!

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  9. That is so cool! It looks very professionally done, too.

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  10. I love this! The two of you are so handy and creative!!!

    Magazines? Never heard of them.

    xo
    ~K

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  11. i have seen this idea for making full lenght shelving cubbies in the wall, but i never thought to make it a magazine cubby- brilliant! i love it!

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  12. I love your magazine rack. You and hubby are so creative. I'm magazine obsessed too. It is so hard to give them up... now to make a hole in a wall and convince Mr.Vintage it was an accident.

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  13. well, that's pretty darn cool! :) it looks great, very clever!
    gail

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  14. I love it! Very simple construction but it looks quite custom.

    As far as the magazine problem, my best solution has been my husband's last layoff — I let all my subscriptions lapse.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Oh my word, I have met another magazine whore:) (hope I don't offend you, it is just my funny saying for all the magazines I subscribe to) I hate to say it but I am months and months behind in some of them. I get so many that I really can't keep them up to date. I laughed out loud when you said that you trip over them when you go potty!

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  16. Now THAT is one good looking hole, my friend!!! WOW.
    Ahhh. All the magazines in the bathroom. I go on a tossing spree about every 4-6 months. But I always keep one or two of the magazines with my very favorite covers!
    xo
    lynn

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  17. I need one of those for my husband. My magazine pile becomes a pile of torn out pages and a recycle pile. I always tear out the pictures that I love and file them away. Then when I'm doing a remodel, I look through all the pictures in that specific category to draw inspiration from.

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  18. Well, that turned out nice. I have a magazine obsession too...unfortunatly there doesn't seem to be a cure.

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  19. Hi Anita :) I had to laugh at your anger management post, mainly because I could see alot of myself in there, lol. What a fantastic solution to a tricky problem! Now I will admit, I have a problem like that in my bedroom. I tried to use wall anchor thingies that fo into the gib board (drywall?) to hang a way too heavy mirror (I really should learn to find the studs (framing) but instead because I am impatient I use the silly anchor things on too-heavy stuff. So anyway, I was standing there admiring my mirror-hanging skills when the bloody thing fell off the wall and left a hole about as big as the one you made :( Oh bugger! I have tried filling it but the room is wallpapered in a textured paper so goodness knows how I am going to fix it...your recessed shelf idea is looking like the answer!
    xx Karen

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  20. Hi Anita, what an awesome idea!!!! I love that! If I didnt have solid brick, i would ask my hubby to build one!! And one can never have too many magazines i think!!!! Actually, since i started blogging, i dont buy quite so many. getting better!!!
    Laura c xxxx

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  21. Very cool! I love it! See, it is ok be a little angry and let your frustrations out, it clears the mind and leads to strokes of genious! :)

    I have the same issue with the magazines too! :)

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  22. I accidentally knocked a hole in my closet wall a couple of days ago... a recessed box like this, with shelves or hangers, would be so much better than a repair.

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  23. Love it! I have the same magazine problem...love, love, love the 101 ideas REAL ROOMS mag..great inspiration :) Your new holder looks great....going to knock a couple of holes in the wall right now....

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  24. LOVE your little magazine rack!! It's perfect for the space and a recessed rack is ideal. Great job! :)

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  25. Anita! this is sheer brilliance! I love it! and what a solution to an otherwise terrible issue, eh!


    well done.....now ,, I need to get my hands on the new IKEA magazine...I'm still browsing last years issue..and that simply won't do! hehehe....

    happy 'can' reading!

    ciao bella

    CREATIVE CARMELINA

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  26. Great idea! Now I just need to remember to not save all the magazines! This would help since there is only room for a few! I agree it is a sickness! I did find out that the hospitals love to take old magazines for donation. I haven't quite dropped them off yet but they are in a bag waiting. I think this may help since I wont feel guilty throwing them away/recycling them without even opening them.

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  27. I am a little germaphobic about people reading magazines on my toilet but, what a creative idea and a handy husband you have. I may have to get over it just so I can have a cute cubby like that. I guess if it's in my bathroom only, it might be grand reading Coastal magazine in there.

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  28. Your project turned out great! I love the beadboard at the back.

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  29. Great idea!! Everyone needs one of these even if they don't have a boo-boo in the wall!
    Rhonda

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  30. I think I will try going into a rage in my bathroom and see what happens! Really -- if this is the outcome of your anger, then I will really throw a fit. Perhaps I'll get a new toilet, as well. I hear the taller toilet seats are very comfortable, and if you have some good reading material, well--I'm just saying...

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  31. what a great idea Anita!!! I'm not showing this to my hubby...he's already got a library set up in his bathroom...this would just give him more inspiration for more magazines!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  32. great idea and you're lucky to have a sweet hubby, with tools! Just found your blog and love it! Happy Fall Ya'll from Houston, Tx!

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  33. Genius I tell you, genius idea. Now who reads in the bathroom? LOL!!~! I have actually seen a telephone once at a hotel right next to the toilet...why? I love this project Anita, very well executed! Thanks for joining me.

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  34. Oh, I love your idea. And I think I might love your Hubbie for dealing with that little, ahem, hole in the wall.
    It looks so cute all finished. You are very clever!
    ♥ maureen

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  35. Now that is one smart solution for dealing with a hole in the wall! Lucky you to have such a handy husband.

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  36. That is awesome. I love your tutorial.

    Thanks for linking up. We look forward to getting to know you and seeing more and more of your projects.

    Cheri

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  37. Great idea Anita! And you make it look so easy.
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  38. I don't think my comment went through....this is wonderful Anita!

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  39. Is that ever smart, it's really making lemonade out of lemons.

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  40. This is genius! We have a huge hole in our wall too... brilliant :>)

    cheers!
    kate

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  41. This project turned out so well; great job from the hubby! Mine once built a recessed spice rack for me in our then small kitchen. What a great way to save space, huh? :)

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  42. I soooo need one of these! Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Party monthly contest! :)

    Amy

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  43. What a great project. It looks wonderful and so organized. Love this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  44. Clever! I never would have thought of that!

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  45. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by today! You asked about my bedskirt in my master bedroom. It wasn't hard just VERY time consuming. If you saw my yellow bedskirt tutorial, it's made that way with the tuck in pieces. But with this one I did a very tight gather. I hate!! doing gathers. Pulling that mile long string. That's why all of my slips have pleats. I could do those all day.
    I layed my tuck-in piece on the machine and then took my skirt fabric and shoved the gathers as close as possible 1/2 inch at a time. (TIME CONSUMING!! but so worth it when finished) I had about 2-3 yard pieces of 54" fabric that I folded in thirds length wise. Cut the three pieces, (18" about) sewed them together and hemmed that mile long piece! I did 3 sides of the bed (not the wall area). Each side took about 3 lengths. I just sort of daydream while I'm sewing and shoving those 1/2 inch gathered spirts... like when I garden. Before you know it...you're done!
    I hope this helps! You can contact me if you decide to try it.
    Kelly

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  46. This magazine cubby is such a cool idea! I'm getting ready to remodel a bathroom and will probably add one of these to it. Who would have thought. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!
    Kelly

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  47. Love how the cubby came out! I love bead board & have yet to add it in my home. Love the Coastal feel too. I grew up on the east coast not even 10 mins from the beach & I MISS it! Thx for sharing!

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  48. Hi Anita,
    I've seen the gathering tape. What a blessing that would be to use! I've never done a lot of gathering but if I do it again I'll probably use it. I forgot all about that stuff. lol
    Thanks!
    Kelly

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  49. Brilliant! What a fantastic idea. I would love to do this in so many places at my house, Thanks for joining the diy party.

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  50. Anita, This is such a creative and clever project! Fantastic idea. Thanks so much for linking up! Hope you have a wonderful week! Stephanie Lynn

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  51. lol! You are so clever! I love your solution! You did a fantastic job! We purchased an old farmhouse where someone had anger management problems. lol Holes in the walls. Most are patched but there are some in the basement which we plan to refinish one of these days. Tucking away your solution for future use. ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

    Happy fall!

    Roeshel

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  52. This is great!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm gonna go check out where I can do this now ;)

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  53. I've had this same project in my hubby's "to do" list for about 10 years now. Looking at your tutorial, I think I can do it myself!

    Is that a phone jack in your bathroom?

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  54. Anita, How did I miss this? Oh yeah, I've been too busy working to read blogs this month. Just saw your project on the DIY club top 10 and had to check it out. Was so happy to see it was yours! Congrats on a great solution to the hole in the wall problem.
    Rose

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  55. Anita!!! What a great idea... love this... very professional looking, too! Great job!

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  56. Brilliant! I'm featuring this on Crazydomestic.com today!

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  57. Looks great!! Now, why in the HECK was there a phone jack in the bathroom, LOL?!!

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  58. Lovely solution! Thanks for showing the transition - inspirational!

    Best Wishes,

    Linda
    beachside cottage

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