Before & After – Lockers

I read an article where a person was looking for pantry ideas; her home didn’t have one, and she wanted something she could put in her kitchen, but without a hefty built-in price tag.
Her solution ended up being lockers.
She retrofitted them with shelves and painted them a bright colour and they were AMAZING!

After that there was no recourse – I had to have me some lockers!

I found a bank of 4 lockers on Kijiji for $100, so I e-mailed immediately to get them.

This is what they looked like when they arrived:

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Not bad, I could have just washed them down and used them as-was – but once you’ve seen lockers painted per the article I read – you can’t “settle” for anything less.

Sand ’em down.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Yup, it’s just as important to give metal objects a light sanding before painting as it is for wood.  Maybe even more so.  
With a smooth surface like metal, painting over top is just asking for it to peel and scratch off.

Another VERY important step before painting metal is priming it.  This is going to give the paint something to adhere to as well as stop any rust from bleeding through over time.  Because these lockers are going to stay in my garage, I used a primer suitable for outdoor applications.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

The main difference between indoor paint and outdoor is that outdoor has a bit more elasticity to it – it allows for the shrinking and expansion of metal and/or wood as the temperature and humidity fluctuates.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

 Finally, first coat of Benjamin Moore’s Surf City – again in an exterior paint.  (click the link to get an accurate view of the colour – it was really tough to get the correct white balance in my garage – sorry)

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

I LOVE this colour!  So fun and beachy and bright!

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

I didn’t have a paint sprayer when I did this makeover, so these lockers were painted entirely with a brush and a foam roller.  A sprayer would have given it a factory-smooth finish, but I think you can see that the finish on these is crisp and clean even without the sprayer.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Time to organize my beauties:
Chloë is/was all about sidewalk chalk and roller blades.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Madison has an April birthday, so she always receives extra outdoor toys come Spring.

Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Hubby is the main reason I needed lockers to begin with – I’m not sure that there is a sport he doesn’t have equipment for – so much in fact, that he takes up 2 lockers with all of his gear!
Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover
 I bought these monograms from the Silhouette Studio and cut them on adhesive vinyl for that final little “touch”.  I’m not sure the photos do it justice – but it really looks FANTASTIC!

AND all that crap is off of the garage floor so it won’t collect dirt and dust and I won’t have to trip over it when working in the garage.

I have to say – this is one of my favourite projects.
Vintage lockers, school lockers, metal lockers, bank of lockers, locker makeover

Have a great one!

Too funny

 

Linked to:

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

2018-06-18T13:38:31-05:00March 10th, 2018|BEFORE & AFTER, ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Jen Rita May 29, 2014 at 1:47 am - Reply

    As usual, LOVE it!!!

    • Shelly May 30, 2014 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Thank you so much. I kinda love this one too. Lol

  2. […] You’ll recognize them from my lockers: […]

  3. […] Learn more at 100 Things 2 Do. […]

  4. […] can’t believe this one is full too!  Ski boots will have to be rehomed to the sports lockers in the […]

  5. […] Más información en 100 Things 2 Do. […]

  6. […] Learn more at 100 Things 2 Do. […]

  7. […] to need to stop there. Keep an eye out for old lockers at your local thrift stores or online and repurpose them for balls and boots instead of books and […]

  8. Alexandra March 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    You took a bank of serviceable lockers and turned them into something really attractive! Great idea!

  9. OTIANNA March 19, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. […] Upcycled Lockers For Storage – 100 Things 2 Do […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: