Ikea Hack – Magazine Holder Makeover

Posted by on March 21, 2014 in DIY and Crafts, Organization | 81 comments

Our office makeover may officially be the longest “mini” project ever!!  Back at the end of last year and early part of January, we made some great progress in there.  Then … nothing.  I thought for sure we’d have the room ‘reveal’ done by early February.  It’s late March … and I’ve got nothin’.

So, instead of completing the room by putting up shelves, building a new desk, or finding something to replace that Pampers box that is currently holding all the boys’ art supplies … I decided my priority was to give some Ikea magazine holders a makeover.  Makes perfect sense, right?  Baby steps here.  That built in desk sounded way too overwhelming to start this week!  Still holding out hope for some motivation next week, though.  :)

Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge

So … a couple things I love:

  1. Anything color blocked (yep … I’m still on that trend bandwagon)
  2. Anything labeled
  3. Anything that helps me ‘look’ more organized

These magazine files now have all three of those things happening!  My magazines that are usually laying all over the place now have a home.  A nicely labeled home.  AND … I have a place to put paperwork, receipts, kids artwork, etc when I’m too lazy to actually file it (hence … they make me ‘look’ more organized)!  They also add some color to our recently very white and grey office.


Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge

Best part about this makeover?  I already had all the supplies on hand!

Here’s what I used:

  • Craft paint (my own mixture of ‘peony pink’ and orange to make a sort-of-coral color)
  • Spray paint (the grey ‘TO FILE’ holder is spray paint)
  • Vinyl letters from Target (poster making aisle).  I love these letters!  In absence of a Silhouette (hint, hint … my birthday is coming up), these are my go-to letters.  I’ve also used them here on a Thanksgiving Burlap Banner, here on some Thankful Artwork, and here on some LOVE mugs.
    Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge




Here’s the quick recap on the process:

  1. Draw a level line in pencil across your magazine holder to help align letters.
  2. Determine which part of the holder will be painted.  (i.e.  In the coral/pink holder, I was planning to paint the bottom half)
  3. For the letters that will fall in the painted part of your design, stick on the vinyl letters.

    Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge

    MAG – part of the holder will be painted pink
    AZINE – will remain white (and you will paint the letters pink)

  4. For the letters that will fall into part that will remain white, remove the letter and stick on the vinyl outside of letter (forming a stencil)
  5. Tape off part that you want to remain white and paint
  6. Let dry
  7. Stencil your colored letters on the white part of your holder.

    Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover | View From The Fridge

    Use outside of letters as stencils

  8. Once dry … peel off the tape and stencils.  Don’t worry if a little paint bled through.  I just used an X-acto knife to easily scrape off the excess.

    Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge


Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge


Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge

Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge


I haven’t entirely decided where these will go in the office.  Maybe up on this shelf?

Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover  |  View From The Fridge

Ikea Kvissle Magazine File Makeover


That’s it!  Oh … and if you’ve been following along with my ‘Dirty Little Secret Friday‘ series, then just know that I’m counting this as my organizing project for the week.  It’s not too far of a stretch, right?!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend, and be sure to drop by tomorrow evening for DIY Sunday Showcase link party (5pm CST).





  1. Super cute and it looks store bought! We don’t have an ikea near us so this is something I will be trying to make soon for my kids books! Thank you!

    • Awesome, Maribel! Have a great weekend!

  2. They’re adorable! I love IKEA and how easy it can be to personalize their stuff with various “hacks.” I have a few magazine of their magazine holders and right now they’re just white, but I may have to look into painting them now. :)
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    • It was just a random, spur of the moment decision to paint these holders. I’m so glad I did, though. Our office has plenty of white already. I needed a little color! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is so cute, I’m getting ready to move about 20 minutes from and Ikea and I’m SOOOO excited!! This will be on my list of projects! :)

    Amanda // Happily Ever After
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    • Yay!! I used to live 15 minutes away … now it’s more like 40 minutes, so I try to limit how often I make the trip :). Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

  4. These are adorable, Katie! They look great up on your shelf too! I can’t wait for the big reveal of your office:)
    Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY recently posted…Easter Canvas Art – Expressions Vinyl Guest Contributor PostMy Profile

    • If it ever gets completed, that is. Thanks for stopping over, Katie! Have a great weekend!

  5. What a cool idea! I love IKEA and have those exact magazine holders. Never thought of painting them. Thanks!
    Camilla recently posted…This is your life. Are you where you want to be?My Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by, Camilla! They look nice and clean just white, too. I just wanted mine to add a little color to the room!

  6. I’m not a huge colourblocking fan, but I LOVE these! Great job! Thanks for linking them up at the Weekend Wind-Down party! =)
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    • Thanks, Nicole! Thanks for the party, and have a great weekend!

  7. These are amazing! LOVE!!!

  8. Hi Katie! I love your Magazine Holders. You really did a great job with them. Love the color block..
    Thanks for sharing this great idea! Have a great weekend! Visiting from SITS.

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  9. GENIUS. I love me a good ikea hack. THANKS

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  10. Wow! I never thought of using vinyl letters for lettering! Such a cool trick!
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  11. So clever and LOVE how mod the end result looks! Personally ,over in my family, no one ever thinks of updating anything store-bought because they don’t realize a lit touch-up can make everything look so much prettier! :)
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  12. I totally admit my heart sank when I saw the first picture. I just knew you had used cricut or other fancy cutting machine that I don’t have and probably won’t ever have due to budget. YOU SO TOTALLY ROCK for finding a way around that! They look stunning! Kudos! Xo, Corinna Ashley
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  13. I LOVE this project. I have some IKEA magazine holders that I have been trying to figure out just what to do with them. :-) And the best part is that I have all the materials in the house. Can you guess what I will be doing this weekend???? :-)

    Stopping by from the SITS link today!
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  14. Adorable! I just pinned these for my craft room! Visiting from #SITSSharefest
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  15. Happy to have come across you yesterday on Twitter and today on #SITSSharefest. I’m moving back to the Twin Cities next month and look forward to being so close to an IKEA! Love your creativity here. We’re entertaining the idea of buying and I know I’ll be able to draw inspiration from your posts! Happy to have found your blog Katie!
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    • HI Jess! So exciting!! Where are you moving from? April is a good time to move here … much better than January! Having Ikea close is a total bonus!! Excited to have a ‘fellow blogger’ moving to the area! Have a great week!
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  16. This an adorable idea! My house could use some organization!
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  17. I love these! They look so pretty and functional! I just found your blog and the design is super-cute and this project is so awesome, I can’t wait to explore some more! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist
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  18. These are great!! and I love the colors!
    Kate recently posted…Mandala Tutorial!My Profile

  19. oh, these are great! love the color blocking! I have a couple of these lying around that I need to do something like this with….
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  20. Super fun! I love this idea. I need some more organization… I’m going to look for some of these!
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  21. This is so cute! And I love your blog’s name!
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    • Thanks for stopping by, Georgia! I really should do more recipes with my blog’s name, but I really like crafting and decorating a whole lot better! Ha!

  22. This idea is really clever and very sharp looking. What a great idea to organize your office! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Hi Jodee,
      Thanks for the note, and for stopping over! Have a great week!

  23. I love this. How great. Coming by from Tatertots & Jello. Happy to be a new follower!

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    • HI Stephanie! Thanks for stopping over from TTAJ! I love all of Jen’s stuff over there! Have a great week, and thanks for the note!

  24. They are turned out fantastic. I am on the colour-block kick still too. Is that wrong? Is it so 2013? ;)
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  25. What a great idea! Found your link from FB – liking now, please check out my blog here: http://www.emilyahlbum.com
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  26. These are really cool Katie. I cant’ wait to see the complete makeover of your office. I have a lot of mini project I’m working on too and are taking forever. Who needs a Cricut or Silhouette when you have these awesome vinyl stickers!!
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    • I would still prefer a Silhouette!!! :)

  27. VERY COOL! I love how modern and fun these are, great colors and super easy to make. Great job Katie!
    Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living recently posted…Link It Or Lump It Sunday Link Party #31My Profile

    • Thanks, Sonnet! I had no idea I was going to do anything with these until late last week. I’m so glad I did … much better than plain white!

  28. These are soo cute, and so simple, I LOVE it! This is definitely my kind of project!
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    • My kind of project, too, Sara! Thanks for the note and for stopping by! Have a great week!

  29. What a lovely and creative idea, I need to do that for my filing :-/
    Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks, Norah! Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by!

  30. Super cute! I love this and it seems so simple. Thanks for sharing! And don’t worry, I’m still on the color block bandwagon too ;)
    Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette recently posted…Ooey Gooey Cinnamon RollsMy Profile

    • Thanks, Kyleigh! It was very simple and easy! Glad to hear I’m not the only one stuck on the color block trend, too!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

  31. What a great tip! I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party :)
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  32. These are great Love that coral colour, I have some of those files too may need to take another look at them.
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  33. Found you via the brag about it blog hop. What a great idea this is, I’ve seen something similar but never thought to actually label them like that. :)
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  34. Ooh! I love these, Katie! They are so cute!
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  35. Thats such an adorable little hack. Way to go! I love how they look and that Create sign.
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  36. These are AWESOME! love the colors you selected.
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  37. so cute and girl, i love me some Target!!! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed last week. featuring you tomorrow and hope to see you back. :)
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  38. These are so cute! Nice job :)
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  39. These are amazing! Thanks for this great idea! I love the block letter look. Keep these kinds of posts coming!

  40. I love these so, so much! The colors are striking and the design is fab! And I featured them as an honorable mention at Link It or Lump It this week :)

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    • Hi Allison! Thanks so much for the mention!! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Thanks for a fun party!

  41. Katie, these are gorgeous. Well done! Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursday. I’m featuring this at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne xx
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    • Hi Anne! How exciting! Thanks so much! I’ll be over to check it out tomorrow! Have a great rest of your week!

  42. YOU were featured on Link’n Blogs! Come party again!

    Put A Bird On It
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  43. Ikea is one of my top three store and what you did with the magazine holders was so creative! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party
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  44. I love it! I want to try. Also, this may sound embarassing but I want to know what a link party is? Hope you’ll help! Newbie here! Thanks in advance! :)

    • Ha! I should probably explain what a link party is on my posts. Just last fall, I had no clue, either! Bascially, it’s a ‘party’ where you can go to the post and leave a link to your favorite projects. Then a picture and caption shows up, and people can browse and check out things that look interesting. I started hosting one on Saturday evenings a couple months ago, and am loving it! I check out all the links each week and try to highlight my favorite projects. It really is fun to see what everyone has been up to!
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a great weekend!
      ~ Katie


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