Before & After: Ikea Mag Holder Repurposed into Sweet Shelving

Before & After Repurpose / Refurbish

I’ve got about three of them crammed together on a crowded book shelf. You know, those simple, raw, wooden magazine holders you can pick up at Ikea for about $9.99 (for a set of two, even!). It’s a good idea in theory, but then I realize, those same magazines, (nay, neatly organized) haven’t been paged turned for over a year! Yep, I begin to sense it, that “design vs. practical” itch I’ve developed over the years, enabling me to stay on top of clutter and to keep the things I don’t need or use moving out of my house. In other words, even though there are items designed to meet our “needs”, sometimes they’re just plain “junk collectors” in fancy-decor disguise!

The solution? If you have that same “itch” to throw things away, think repurpose. The DIYers at Design Sponge did just that with today’s “Before & After”. They took a possible trash can candidate and with a little creative perspective, stain, level and wall screws, turned it into a fantastic small space shelf, cubby included. Now, that’s not only practical, it’s just plain sweet.

Before/After photo: cottoncandycastle, Flickr

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).