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!).
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.
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.
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.