Repurposing Old School Lockers

I’ve always loved the look of repurposed lockers as home decor, but the problem is that old lockers are somewhat hard to come by (and if you can find them they tend to be kind of expensive!).   When I found out my old high school was getting rid of some old gym lockers at a pretty reasonable price I jumped all over it (not sure my husband was quite as excited because he was the lucky one that got to load/unload them…and they are not light!).

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I had so many ideas running through my head as to how I could repurpose them in my house, so they hung out in the garage for a few weeks.  These lockers came in sets of 4 lockers (2 wide by 2 tall).  I have a long wall in my dining area that definitely called for a statement piece so I decided to combine two sets of lockers to create a storage unit/cabinet.  Because of the height I wanted, I had my husband cut them vertically in half so that they were only the height of one locker.  The edges were rough, but I knew I’d be covering that anyway so it wouldn’t matter.

After they were cut, I power washed the lockers to get rid of all of the dust/dirt that had collected on them over the years.  Once dry, I spray painted them with a fresh coat of dark gray paint (I removed the little metal locker number pieces because I wanted to put them back on after painting).  After the paint was dry, we reattached the number plates and then moved the lockers into the house and put them where we wanted them (this resulted in a broken finger after my husband dropped the lockers on my hand…but it didn’t even matter because I was one step closer to this project becoming a reality…okay, it did matter and several choice words came out as a result of his actions!).  Lesson learned – find some strong men to move lockers in the future – it’s not worth ending a marriage over!

Moving on…once the lockers were in place, we screwed the sets together so that they wouldn’t move around.  I knew I wanted to wrap the lockers in wood, and ultimately decided to use pallet wood to cover the top and sides of the lockers.  We just screwed the planks to the top and sides o the lockers and I love how it turned out!  It’s the perfect mix of industrial and rustic.

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I decided to add some shelves made out of pallet wood with metal rod brackets on the inside of the lockers.  I purchased some metal baskets from Walmart and spray painted some stripes on them to add some color.  It’s the perfect place to store craft supplies, coloring books, markers, etc.

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I ultimately love how this project turned out and have a feeling it will be a central piece of our home decor for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Rustic Industrial Bathroom Remodel

When we bought our house 5 years ago, there was so much updating to be done that we focused on the main living areas (kitchen, living room, and main bath). The back bathroom near our garage was left behind “for another day” more times than I can count. Over the years, we have found that when we have guests over, this is the bathroom that they tend to use because it’s easiest to access. Finally, this sad, dated bathroom finally made it’s way to the top of our project list.

The bathroom had a tub (but no shower), and we decided that since our kids are mostly out of the bath stage (and we have a tub in our other main floor bathroom) that we would just have a shower insert rather than a tub/shower combo put in here. We also decided to remove the closet that was in this bathroom (I know you’re thinking that we are crazy to be getting rid of storage!) but we felt it was the best way to open up the already pretty small space…and besides, I had a plan for additional storage options and we really don’t use this bathroom to get ready on a daily basis so we don’t need a ton of storage in here.

Because we were reworking the layout a little and because the room was pretty small, we just gutted it down to the studs and put new drywall in. We went with a pedestal sink (again, to make the space feel larger than it really is).

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We went with clear glass shower doors to make the bathroom brighter and again, to feel bigger. We also added a can light above the shower area which helps with the brightness in this bathroom.

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The goal was to have a fresh, clean, bathroom that has an industrial, farmhouse feel. I feel like we nailed it!

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Our goal was to do this bathroom on a budget, so I was looking for any way I could save money. I was having a hard time finding an inexpensive mirror for the space that was the size I needed and worked with the look I was going for. I was roaming through Hobby Lobby when I came across these barn wood frames.

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These frames come in many different sizes, so I decided to buy one (during one of their frequent 50% sales of course!) and just have mirrored glass installed at our local glass shop. I added a sawtooth hanger on the back that I had sitting around (these can be found at any hardware store).

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The mirror ended up costing me quite a bit less than other options I was looking at and I love how it looks in the space.

I wanted shelving above the toilet to provide the storage I was lacking. I liked the chunky look of these old electrical cross arms, so I had the hubs cut them down to the size I needed (and they were free!)

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I felt like using plumbing parts to create accessories in this bathroom would help create an industrial feel. We went to our local hardware store and starting piecing together parts to create a towel hook, towel bar, toilet paper holder and shelving brackets. We had a pretty good idea of the size we needed, so we purchased those parts and then assembled, which was super easy.

The hubs (the brain behind this operation, just don’t tell him I said that!) informed me we needed backing before hanging these newly created accessories since there wasn’t backing in the walls in every place we needed it. So, I went on a hunt through our scrap wood piles and all other areas of our property and stumbled upon an old wooden pallet I thought would be prefect for what we needed. I talked my sweet husband into disassembling said pallet with his jigsaw and then cutting each pallet piece to the necessary length to provide backing for each item. I love how the rustic wood from the pallet offsets the industrial feel of the plumbing pieces.

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I’m a huge fan of unique touches in a home, and love incorporating the unexpected into our home. It’s fun to think outside the box on how to get the desired look without spending a ton of money. Overall, I love how this bathroom turned out. I just wish we had tackled this project a long time ago!

The lighting fixture and sink were purchased from Menards.  The mirror frame and trash can were purchased from Hobby Lobby.  Shelving decorations came from Gordmans.  The walls were Sherman Williams Sea Salt.

 

 

DIY Wooden Sign

I’ve been making wooden door signs for a couple of years now, and have branched out into making wooden signs that can be placed on the shelf or hung on the wall.  Here’s the scoop on how to make your own DIY wooden sign similar to this:

First, you’ll want to get a piece of wood and have it cut to the right size (this sign is 6″ by 24″).  Your local hardware store sells 1″ x 6″ boards, so the easiest thing to do is just buy one of those and cut it the length you need.  Next, stain all sides of the board the color you want it.  For this sign, I used Mixwax Jacobean stain.

I put my stain on with an old rag and then wipe it off with a clean rag right away.  For darker stains, I don’t find it necessary to let the stain sit on the wood for very long.  If you wipe the stain off and it’s not as dark as you’d like, you an always do another coat.  Once all sides of the board are stained, let the stain dry at least 24 hours before paining.

I always do my lettering on the computer and then transfer to the sign.  Use the computer to type out your wording and choose the right size and font to fit the look you are going for and make sure it will fit on your sign.  Print out the text, cut around the words and lay out the wording on the sign itself.

To transfer the wording to the sign, use a pen and trace over the letters (pressing very hard) so that the pen makes a small indention into the wood.

Once you’ve traced all of your letters, make sure  you can see the indentions on the wood (if you can’t, repeat this step and press harder).  Sometimes, I trace over the indentions on the wood with a light pencil mark so it’s easier to see when I paint.  Next, choose your paint colors and paint your lettering onto the sign.  I use regular acrylic paint when painting signs.  This paint can be found in the craft section of most stores.

Because I wanted this sign to look a little distressed, I went over my letters with a light coat of paint.

Here’s the sign after the wording was added.

I decided to add a few basic flowers to fill in the open areas on the sign.  I followed the same steps to add the flowers.  I found an image that was simple online, printed it off, and traced onto the wood with a pen.  Again, I went pretty light on the paint when added the flowers because the goal was a distressed look.  Once the paint was dry, I took fine sand paper and sanded over the sign and sanded the edges to add to the distressed look I was going for.

If you aren’t going to hang the sign on the wall, you can always paint the back of the sign with a different design, which is what I did.  Here’s the back of the sign.

The best part is that you now have decor for two seasons!  Fun, easy DIY project!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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