Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Lockers: The Right Combination

pretty fonts
When the going gets tough, the tough get the paint out!  That's my mantra right now as I work towards giving my craft room a complete overhaul.

I'm happy with the way I transformed the Industrial Chic Cabinet, so I got started on this old school locker.

First things first, it got a much-needed cleaning.  Just simple dishwasher liquid and hot water did the trick.

I wanted to keep the handles in their original gray finish, so I taped them before painting the rest of the locker.

First, I sprayed a quick heirloom white metal primer onto the entire locker [inside and out].  To achieve some level of cohesiveness in my craft room, I decided to paint the locker the same color as the Industrial Chic Cabinet, a seafoam-aqua hue.  I again mixed the paint with some Plaster of Paris to create chalk paint. I used a small foam roller to easily apply the chalk paint to the five compartment doors.   I used a small painting brush to get inside all the nooks and crannies of the air vents.

Here is the newly-painted locker:

 Of course, I can't just leave well enough alone, so I lined the shelves with coordinating scrapbook paper.
use scrapbook paper for lining shelves

I decided the front of the locker needed something extra as well, so I printed out numerals 1-5, and using my Xyron, turned them into stickers, and adhered them to the cabinet faces.
pretty fonts

old scales

Help me say good riddance goodbye to the plastic bins:

And hello to my transformed locker:

school lockers

I've been collecting vintage, rusty and old graters (and anything that resembles a grater), so now I have a place to display them.
grater vignette

Two graters hang on the side of the locker; one holds a memo pad.

Also displayed on top of the locker is a smaller version of my 
printed burlap and chicken wire

Here is a photo of two 2-drawer file cabinets.
rubber stamping on metal
 One is painted; and the other one is on the waiting list.
[Blame it on the locker.]

As you can see, my craft room is slowly being transformed 
from a bunch of plastic storage containers into 
Vintage Industrial Chic 

Craft Storage

 How do you store your craft supplies?

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  1. wow, wow, wow...Love the idea and love the color...What great storage. I am using Ikea boxes....not to exciting lol!


  2. Doreen, lov'n your locker makeover - talk about attention to detail! It caught my eye over at the Wildly Original Party.
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

  3. Looks great! So many fun things in your craft room :)

  4. Oh man, I'm so jealous! I've been looking for lockers like that forever! I love what you've done with them, they turned out great!


  5. Super jealous of this locker and your industiral chic storage. I've been looking for stuff like this for awhile, just can't seem to find it around here.

  6. Love it Doreen! Totally up my alley. I am your newest follower. ChicByTab

  7. I'm always scared to paint things. Like I'm going to mess it up. But this looks great! I found ya on the Be.YOU.tiful link party! :)

  8. Love the transformation!!! I am such a sucker for lockers too. They look awesome in their new look.

  9. So cute - love the transformation!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!
    ~ Betsy @ Romance on a dime

  10. What a great transformation, love the after!

  11. Such an amazing find!! It turned out so beautiful :-) ~Kelly @ Eyes On The Source

  12. These are awesome Doreen! I have a love/hate relationship with those plastic bins. They are great for storage, but uuuugly! Your solution is perfect. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week! ~Deborah

  13. This looks great! I love the color and it's so functional! #Be.You.Tiful

  14. Hi Doreen! I love your lockers - that blue is beautiful! I'm featuring them over at Power of Paint on Friday. Thanks for sharing them at the Power of Paint Party.

  15. Oh SO much better! I love the colors you chose! I really need to find some old lockers! :)


  16. Love this and the colors you selected!! Looks like you have a nice backyard as well :)

  17. Such a transformation from plastic to industrial chic storage. Love the color choices.

  18. This turned out so great...wonderful storage!

  19. Love this project, looks amazing!

  20. It looks so great! All your coordinated storage projects are impressive. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  21. BTW - I'm featuring it tonight...sorry for the late party!
    Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday is not happening till Friday night.

  22. Love this locker makeover!! The aqua color is terrific!! What fantastic storage units for your craft room!! I would like to invite you to link up to our party, Sweet Inspiration Link Party that starts on Friday and runs until Tuesday. Hope to see you there!!

  23. Whata wonderful find. And you really brought out the charm of the locker. I love the colors you used also. Great job.

  24. These are absolutely adorable!


  25. Doreen, I'm glad you came to the party! Thanks for linking up with us! :)

  26. Doreen this is just as pretty as the 33 drawer file cabinet. Now that you have completed the job they look as if they are realtives. Your craft room is going to be envy worthy when you are finished. Thank you for stopping by our Sweet Inspiration link party.

  27. Your craft room is really coming together, Doreen. What an amazing transformation of that locker, and such a great replacement for the plastic drawers. I have to admit, I have two of those plastic sets in my work room. I feel inspired to look for some alternatives :) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm--


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