Spring Up Your Living Room: DIY Floating Shelf & Magazine Rack

Spring Clean With Color


Back in Late October we moved to a bigger space and found ourselves still full of clutter. We didn’t have much organizational items and settled for OK… rather than ever really doing anything up. We also never played with color…our walls are a beige-y color and the sectional a greyish, so we always stuck with drab. So for my March Lowe’s Challenge, I was given a $300 Gift Card to spring clean or bring spring indoors. Well, I did both!

OK… This is my before shot. I cringe when I see this:



You see we had the space….but so much clutter, and such dark colors. Blech.

The first thing I did was access what I needed. We wanted to mount the TV, in fact we bought a TV wall mount kit months ago, just never used it. So that was task numero uno. But what of the junk we had on the little table and under it? All the video games, DVDs and not to mention the Xbox and Direct TV. I knew we were gonna need shelves. But the satellite box is about 13 inches in depth, and not too many shelves come that size…so we made one!

Floating Shelf process


We also needed a magazine rack, cause we kinda love them and they are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. So off I went to think and research how to get this together. I actually found a GREAT floating shelf design over at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, but I modified it to suit our needs.

The original shelf called for grooves and sliding doors. Well, we had electronics, so we needed it open and had no use for doors. We bought one 1x12x8 Primed Board and had Lowe’s cut it for us to the following dimensions:

Lowes Floating Shelf Cut Diagram

Lowes Shelf Cutting List

Here’s the big kicker… you can put it together with glue! Using some wood glue and clamps, we put it together very easily. My husband screwed in the sides just because he wanted to make sure it would hold his precious Xbox our electronics. Hanging it was easy by using a Hangman Anchor System but not before we, my daughter and I, did some of the hard labor of painting:

Sofia helps paint

We used Valspar Interior in Simply Aqua with a Satin Finish. Something close to Pantone’s Spring 2013 colors..but also matching our home. I also used the same Simply Aqua to paint the magazine rack. The magazine rack plans I found at Lowe’s Creative Ideas.

Magazine Rack creation

We changed where the rack part sits, adding an inch, so it gives it a different look and can fit our larger magazines easily. Of course, it was painted in Simply Aqua and it looks amazing.


I originally intended on making a bookcase to have all our knick knacks and books sit, but I had a storage shelf in our garage, that again, I bought forever ago, but never used. So we turned it into a bookshelf and just painted with Valspar Interior in Funshine with a Satin finish.


Then I painted some frames we already owned in both Valspars, added a Valspar Creative Ideas Interior in Splish Splash, and once they were dry…the look was complete!

Welcome to our springified living room!

Spring Makeover for Your Living Room

How are you springing up your home?

Disclosure: This was a compensated campaign as a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Influencer. All opinions, thoughts and photographs are 100% my own. Photos my not be reused, reproduced or reposted without written consent.


    • says

      Hi Pragya,

      Oh boy… I had all these plans drafted in pen scribble in my notebook. I was gonna go with a more open look, but basically, I decided building two items was enough, LOL! Stay tuned, I may create that bookshelf in the future! :)

      – Yolanda

  1. Janet W. says

    What a cool magazine stand! You’re so crafty! I love the colors you painted it all, too. Very cheerful.

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