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Wasted Spaces

Don’t you hate it when you have something that you keep losing track of because it doesn’t have a proper home? For me it’s my little collection of food magazines. I have a rather small collection and some of them are a few years old. But I do like to keep them on hand for reference when I creating new recipes. They are a bit big and floppy to keep on the shelf with my cookbooks so I’ve been tucking them in various places around the kitchen. Bad plan, believe me.

Magazine Rack

I’ve been plotting to add a few little shelves for spices along the side of the top cabinet that falls behind the door anyway. Looking at some mighty adorable ideas for children’s book storage on Pinterest, it hit me that I could use a similar strategy on the lower cabinets to keep my favorites magazines safe and sound. And I can do it by using what was basically just wasted space! Score!


Mag Rack - cover


I used a Bygel rail from Ikea that’s part of their kitchen wall organization system along with a piece of leftover trim (free is my favorite!!) and painted it out in the white trim color (Bistro White from Valspar).

Mag Rack 1


Since I knew it wouldn’t need to hold much weight (I mainly just collect food mags when the mood strikes) I didn’t worry about anchoring the rail or the wooden ledge at all. I used 2 small corner braces under the ledge to attach it to the cabinet wall and they are quite sturdy.

Here’s what the space looked like before . . .


Mag Rack 2


Nothing wrong with it but still a bit of wasted space. And now . . .


Mag Rack 3


See! Sweet little project in no time flat and my magazines are all safe and sound!!

 While you’re here don’t forget to check out my built-in spice rack, cabinet organization or take a tour of the whole kitchen!

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Linking up over at Wow Us Wednesdays, Metamorphosis Monday and The Scoop, and Remodelaholic




Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 01/03/2017 - 10:53 am

You are certainly welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Prabu Krishna - 12/22/2016 - 3:19 pm

Wonderful Ideas. Thanks 🙂

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 01/22/2016 - 9:05 am

Thank you John! I’m so glad you stopped by!

John - 01/21/2016 - 10:47 am

Great use of space! Here’s a tip: Flip the angle brackets over so they are hidden by the magazines, rather than showing from the bottom. I see several places where I’ll be building this around the home and office.

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 11/02/2015 - 2:07 pm

Hi Kimberley, thanks for stopping by! Links for all of the kitchen colors and details are included here: Kitchen Reno Tour

kimberley - 11/01/2015 - 7:07 pm

Any idea of the paint color brand & name on those cabinets? Love it!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 09/05/2015 - 8:22 pm

Thanks for including me!

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Thank you for linking up last week!
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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 08/28/2015 - 9:03 am

Thank you Steph!

Steph - 08/27/2015 - 11:29 am

Fabulous idea, and I love the coloring of your kitchen!

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Jennifer (White Tulip Designs) - 08/06/2015 - 12:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I would highly recommend taking advantage of having that bit of extra kitchen storage!

the cape on the corner - 08/06/2015 - 11:00 am

what a great little extra spot!

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 04/23/2015 - 8:07 am

Thanks! I use it even more than I thought I would.

Lauren - 04/22/2015 - 11:01 pm

So smart! I think I need this in my life.

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Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/21/2015 - 10:21 pm

Thank you!See you then!

Lou Lou Girls - 03/21/2015 - 2:59 pm

This looks incredible! Great post. Pinned and tweeted. We are so thrilled to have you at our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7, so we can see your amazing projects. Lou Lou Girls

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/17/2015 - 10:40 pm

Hi Kelley,
Thanks for stopping by! I love this for book storage. I may have to try this in my little man’s room.


Kelley - 03/17/2015 - 1:43 pm

That is a great use of space. My family and I live in a relatively small home ( 1600 sq/ft for 5 ) and every bit of space is precious.

Here is one of my favorite space savers. I am sure it can be downsized for any use: http://www.trekkiemom.com/2014/06/flat-book-shelf-how-to.html.

Jennifer (White Tulip Studio) - 03/11/2015 - 9:45 pm

Thank you!!

Joy @ Yesterfood - 03/11/2015 - 6:39 pm

Jennifer, I love this idea so much….partly because I have never quite found a satisfactory spot for cookbooks and such…and partly because those are my favorite cooking magazines you have pictured! 🙂 Now I want to put your little rails and ledges everywhere. Thank you for sharing this terrific idea with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned and also shared on G+!

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