Nov 032014

Just before I delivered a few pieces to my client she had someone drop off a super cute  vintage magazine rack made of dark wood with brass pulls and brass casters.  The client simply said…”Get rid of the dark wood and have some fun!”.  This is the same client for whom I transformed her old toy box to a very cool Union Jack coffee table.  She liked the blue and this magazine rack was for another room so it did not need to match.

This magazine rack was cute but a bit fiddly and spraying it would be faster and easier.  I happened to have some dark blue spray paint on hand.  However it was Rustoleum Tremclad Rust Paint. Although the piece was wood,from experience, I knew this paint would cover and adhere well.

I removed the brass pulls from each end as well as the cute little caster wheels from each of the legs.  I updated these brass coloured pieces with some brass spray paint I had on hand.

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Brass caster covers updated with paint.


The pulls at each end were also renewed with brass paint. A lovely contrast to the royal blue.

I  then primed the piece with a spray can of primer I also had on hand because  I did not want the dark wood to bleed through.

Once dried,  I applied two to three very light coats of Rustoleum Tremclad in Glossy Dark Blue.

I love any dark blue with brass and this application did not disappoint.  The client just loved the finished product and so did I!


Royal Blue and brass is such a winning combo!


Such a cute piece! Any colour would be nice!

I have a couple of pieces of  campaign style bedside tables in my garage and I am thinking royal blue, like the Union Jack chest, will be perfect with the brass embellishments. Cannot wait to start them.  The only problem is they are the heaviest night stands I have ever encountered.  I will need Mr. Nice to help me get them into the basement workshop!

Stay tuned for more BLUE and BRASS!

Such a simple project and it looks so pretty and updated now.

Have you ever used Rust Paint on Wood?
What was the outcome?
I would love to hear from you!



 Posted by at 2:31 pm

  12 Responses to “Blue and Brass Vintage Magazine Rack”

  1. Very nice. Neat idea.

  2. Love the combination – blue and brass!

  3. Love these colors, and what an adorable place to put magazines!

  4. Love it…great shade of blue.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Joan

  5. I love this piece! wonderful job!

  6. This turned out great! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at

  7. Such a neat idea! 🙂

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