DIY a magazine stand with strips of vintage upholstery webbing and an old knitting stand. Follow along and I’ll show you how this project was done!
I stopped into a second-hand salvage store to take a quick peek around. Rounding a corner and at eye level, there it was. A full roll of vintage upholstery webbing waiting to be snapped up. I had no project in mind, not even sure what I would do with it, but I knew it had to become mine!
Fast forward to giving this ample roll of vintage upholstery webbing a home and a purpose!
DIY Magazine Stand Using Vintage Upholstery Webbing
Supplies Needed to DIY a Magazine Stand
- Old knitting stand frame (you can usually thrift these, and will find a range of styles to choose from)
- Hardware for assembly (save the old, but you will probably need extra screws)
- Doweling (you decide the thickness based on your frame, *images 5 & 6 below)
- Wood stripping (3/4″ x 1/8″) *images 9-12 below
- Paint (for frame and doweling)
- Modge Podge glue
- Upholstery Tacks *images 17 & 18 below
- Chain (I repurposed the chain from a moss basket hanger used for another project *images 13 & 14 below)
- Decorative wood stripping, stained or painted (mine was repurposed from the knitting frame, *image 17)
- Upholstery Webbing
Steps Phase 1: DIY a Magazine Stand
This DIY magazine stand used the frame of an old knitting stand, also thrifted for this project, to get started. You will see in the steps below how the frame was deconstructed and then put back together again, but in a different way.
Rather than write out each step, I decided to show you what I did using photographs. I hope the steps presented this way make it easy to follow along. If not, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to explain in more detail to help you out.
A few things to note at this stage:
- Check that the doweling fits the rod pocket – this is super important; I actually sewed one of mine a smidge too tight, and had to redo it. Imagine if the project was all finished except for sliding the doweling in!
- If you intend to paint your doweling, now is a good time for that as it needs time to dry.
- The reason you Modge Podge your webbing ends (*image 7) is you’ll be attaching it to the frame with screws (*image 9-11); this reinforces the webbing and keeps it from pulling apart.
Steps Phase 2: DIY a Magazine Stand
This project is a little more involved, but still not a huge undertaking. The next set of steps are easier if you have a helping hand, a drill and some patience. Thankfully my Mr. was the helping hand and brought along his patience 😉
Finishing Touches for your new DIY Magazine Stand
The last step was applying a light black paint wash on the inside strips of the stand. I thinned my paint by adding water so it wouldn’t go on too thick. I wanted the paint to look aged, but I wasn’t going for the chippy aged look. My goal was a worn, faded finish, as if the wood has been faded from sunlight streaming through the window. I had a hard time capturing the faded finish in the photos, but it does have the look.
And voila, an old knitting stand repurposed into a chic new magazine stand using strips of vintage upholstery webbing.
I love vintage magazine stands and use them not only to hold magazines, but I like to store folded throws or rolled towels in them. I also have a Mid-Century Modern brass stand that holds collectible magazines and special books.
What do you think? Is this a project you might be tempted to try? Please leave a comment with your ideas and tips for how you would use a magazine stand like this.
Thanks for stopping by!
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