Vintage Butler Style Magazine Rack


I found this nice little magazine rack for $8 and found a comparable for $48, woot!  As you can see the one I found needed some help. I decided to create 2 embellishments for it using my new molds by Prima Marketing, specifically Baroque No. 2 by Orchid Designs. Additionally, I’ve wanted to do a verdigris finish for a long time, so I thought this would be a good practice piece.

The first time I tried making the molds, I used the Paper Clay that is recommended and my results weren’t great.  This clay is what it states — “paper” and was hard for me to work with and takes 12 hours to dry.  The clay itself was really dry, not pliable and my molds cracked after they dried. This coupled with the fact that I’m impatient (I have one mold & need 2 embellishments!), I decided to try KwikWood apoxy putty by JB Weld. If you haven’t tried this stuff, it’s amazing!  It is so much fun to work with.  My Aunt introduced it to me when she had us make Gourd roosters.  She uses it for the feet, beak and comb because it dries super fast and takes paint immediately.  It’s not exactly thrifty, but it worked well for me on this project.  (I also used the putty to fix a few blemishes and chips in the wood paneling on the magazine rack.)

I simply glued an embellishment on each end and used bronze metallic paint for the first coat.  I then covered the piece with @ArtDeco Chalky Paint, color Pleasure. Using dark wax, I rubbed the colors together.  I have to admit that I’m not thrilled with the results AND I would like to get more green in my next verdigris mix so I’ll have to try again on another piece.  I’m done looking at this one for now 😉 Stay tuned!

One thought on “Vintage Butler Style Magazine Rack”

  1. You have such a great eye for design. And the embellishment is perfect. Love this, but I would want it in a darker gray-blue.

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