We have babies. That means we have baby gates. And boy do they take abuse! They’re climbed on, yanked around, pushed, tugged – you name it. We had one at the top of the stairs to our front landing that finally bit the dust. It just came apart and once it did, I didn’t feel good about fixing it. We need to buy a new baby gate.
The dead gate inspired an up-cycle project however because all it takes is a 90 degree turn and voila – it is absolutely perfect to use as a magazine rack.
Step 1 – Obtain half a broken baby gate. The one I used for upcycling here was a top of the stairs variety in wood. This is obvious, but you need one with slats and not one with plasticy mesh. I left the hardware on it because it acts as a standoff if you will to keep the rack away from the wall enough for the magazines to hang on it.
Step 2 – Get on with the upcycling and paint it. I used an acrylic enamel craft paint in an off white color. I slapped on two coats and it looked good. I didn’t sand in between or get fancy but you could distress it or whatever you like.
Step 3 – Hang it up! I used a standard picture hook to attach it to the wall. You might need to get creative depending on your gate.
Step 4 – Enjoy having an upcycled magazine rack to hang all your print magazines on! You still read those right?