Magazine Rack in Seagull Gray

Shabby chic magazine rack painted in General Finishes Milk Paint Seagull Gray.

Another magazine rack you ask? Why yes, it is! I seem to find quite a few of them lately while I've been out and about hunting for treasures. If you read my last post then you'll understand why I am thankful this one didn't have spindles to paint!


Before

What I liked about this magazine rack (other than not having spindles) is that it doesn't have a center divider which means it has a generous opening and storage area. It's great for storing books and magazines of course, but I imagine it being used in a powder room to store extra supplies.

Before: Country style magazine rack.
Before: Country style magazine rack.
The magazine rack is made of solid wood and had a charming hand painted scene of a horse and buggy. But I wanted to give it a more feminine look, so I decided to give it a makeover. First I sanded down the painted area so the texture wouldn't show through my painted finish.

Mouse sander used to remove decorative paint.
Mouse sander used to remove decorative paint.
For this project I chose Seagull Gray Milk Paint by General Finishes. This isn't a sponsored post or affiliate, but I did want to disclose that I received the paint for free.  The company was running a special promotion for bloggers to receive a sample pack, so I signed up pronto. I'm not sure if they're still running the promotion, but you can check their website here.

My sample pack included Seagull Gray Milk Paint, French Vanilla Chalk Style Paint and High Performance Top Coat. I've used General Finishes stains, glazes, and top coats before, but since I hadn't used their paint products I wanted to start out with a small project to test it out. So the magazine rack was the perfect size to give it a try.

Free samples courtesy of General Finishes!
Free samples courtesy of General Finishes!
When I stirred up the paint I was surprised at just how thick it was. As you can see in the photo below, it was so thick my stir stick stood straight up in the paint! To be honest at this point I was convinced that I would hate it because it was so thick. So I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and creamy the paint was when I applied it to my project. Yeah!

Seagull Gray Milk Paint
Seagull Gray Milk Paint

After

Only a small amount of paint was needed and it just glided across the surface. It spread extremely well and seemed to self-level very well, too. 

Shabby chic magazine rack in Seagull Gray.
Shabby chic magazine rack in Seagull Gray.
I wanted to test out if the paint would take to distressing, so I added some light distressing to the edges and I was happy with the outcome.

Light distressing on the edges.
Light distressing on the edges.
I thought the overall project looked a little plain, so I created some rosettes with paper clay for some extra embellishment. (If you're interested in learning how to make the rosettes you can read about it in my previous post here.)

Rosettes made of paperclay added as embellishments.
Rosettes made of paper clay added as embellishments.
For the sides I used more paper clay to make some decorative swags and added a larger rosette to the center of each swag.
Rosette and swag added to each side.
Rosette and swag added to each side.
I sealed the paint with the High Performance Top Coat. The top coat went on clear, and after it dried I lightly sanded it which made it super smooth. I will definitely use the GF Milk Paint products again and will be sure to check out some of their other colors. Luckily there is a local retailer in the same strip mall where one of my favorite thrift stores is located. That's a win-win in my book!

Close up of rosette and swag.
Close up of rosette and swag.

Do you like looking at before and after shots as much as I do? It always amazes me at how much a project can change just by applying a little paint.

Before and after using General Finishes Milk Paint in Seagull Gray.
Before and after using General Finishes Milk Paint in Seagull Gray.

Supply List

Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links which  means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!

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