by Jennifer Borrego June 16, 2016

Hey, would you want some free lockers? Ummm let me think... My favorite things, Free & Industrial!!! Heck Yes!!!

One of my besties was working for a mall store that was going out of business & their corporation told them to take WHATEVER they wanted. She is kinda a super hero & loaded these beauties onto her truck & brought them to my studio. Graphic of basic similar lockersThey were similar to these, basic break room lockers

First thoughts were to put the sets, split on either side of my mounted TV in our loft. Problemo was that the lockers were a set of 3, and a single tower... Symmetry is a definite thing for me & I was momentarily perplexed as undoing the rivets was NOT going to happen. Sooooo, I flipped them on their & stacked them. Then I bolted them together. This was a perfect solution for me. Would not be great for small children as the doors might pinch fingers.

Made my day that the locker door looked like a face with a tongue sticking our


This did present a problem of legs sprouting from one side, so I Wo-manned up & ground them off. This was my first lesson in putting on long sleeves, and even a hat before grinding metal. Lesson learned by hot metal flakes landing on my head... WT heck! Ouch, sorry passerby if I just cussed out loud...Locker after leg cut off with an angle grinder

It also presented the problem of the side that was the bottom having a indented portion that was originally hidden by being on the bottom. I live near a pallet yard. They love me & allow me to pick (FOR FREE) from their burn pile. These pieces are not good enough to hold shipped items any more, but they are already deconstructed & work great decorationally (apparently that is not a word, but I'm rolling with it)! So double Score free lockers & free pallet wood. Headed to the hardware store & grabbed a bit that will pierce metal & counter sink my screws. Perfection. Pallet wood was cut and dry fitted on the top of my topsy turned lockers & began screwing these pieces into my lockers and adding a washer on the inside. For the bottom piece which was now a side piece, I added in strips of wood to screw the wood slats into securely. 

These lockers led me to my chalked paint line, Pure Home Paints. This is now the only paint line I use for furniture or home decor. It is fabulous for Wood, Metal, laminate, plastic, glass. It is also Non toxic, made in the USA, Earth friendly, and allergy friendly! I definitely recommend! Which is why out of all the paints I could retail, this one covers all of my paint, stain, texture, and repair needs! Enough about that... I cannot tell you how many times people try to buy these lockers from me. I don't think I will ever give them up:)  Color used here is Cyan with a mix of Chestnut Stain & Satin Top Coat

 I followed the general suggestions for planking strips whether wood or tile & staggered the seams so as not to create any boards lined up. Then I used a mix of Chestnut & Ebony stains.

I cannot tell you how often visitors to my studio want to purchase this set from me!! I don't think that I will ever give it up. But, eventually I may make a set for purchase. Please let us know below what you think of our lockers storage! Inspire others by sharing on Pinterest & Facebook.

Jennifer Borrego
Jennifer Borrego


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