School Locker Makeover
story and photos by Holly Raymond
Hey sports fans! I’d like to share with you a quick DIY project I did for my son recently. I live in a tiny house. If you know anything about tiny houses, you know space is limited.
My son is a typical teenage boy. Between his school uniforms, sports gear, and other teenage boy things, his tiny space can get cluttered and messy real fast. His tiny room does not have space for a dresser or armoire so I had to find a solution to help him stay tidy and organized.
My good friends Chuck Underwood and Glenn Hood own a cute little shop in Waveland called Treasures of the Bay (If you’ve never been, you need to go and tell them Holly sent you), so I thought I’d stop and say hello and see if they had anything that would fit.
SCORE! Treasures of the Bay had the perfect solution to our tiny space storage problem: LOCKERS! Old-school gym lockers. WHAT A FIND! I knew this would be a 3-pointer in my son’s eyes!
Now to get them home. I called Leo, my wonderful husband, and he came to my rescue with a trailer in tow. We loaded the lockers up and moved them out.
- Lockers (Treasures of the Bay may not have any more. I think I bought them all!)
- Sand paper for sanding metal
- Mouse Sander
- Goo Be Gone
- Spray Paint — Color of your choice; I used white, high-gloss Valspar with Primer
- Decorations of choice
- All-Purpose Cleaner
- Clear Coat (if desired)
- Paint Mask
*** And if you wear false eyelashes, you may want to invest in goggles or you’ll look like you went through a snow storm and will have to pull them out! (Um, I cannot confirm or deny that I may or may not have learned that lesson the hard way!) ***
Let's Get Started
Air them out! (Don’t want any lingering tuna sandwich smells!
Wipe them down (or hose them off) with all-purpose cleaner. Let them dry completely before you move on to the next step. We had to use some Goo-Be-Gone to remove the old tape, stickers, and pin-up girls. (Yes, I removed pin-up girls from my son’s new-to-him lockers!)
Once all the tape, stickers, and pin-up girls are gone it’s time to start adding some character.
Lightly sand the lockers with the handy-dandy mouse sander. Don’t be afraid to keep the small dents and nicks. These will enhance the beauty of the lockers upon completion.
Spray a coat of paint with primer, and dry for 1-2 hours. Spray a second coat, and again let dry for 1-2 hours. Repeat one more time for three coats of paint.
Don’t forget to spray the inside. (You may find yourself standing on your head and hoping it’s not too late to put on those goggles!)
Be creative! These lockers can be decorated with stickers, pictures, or whatever for that personal touch. Optional clear coat can be added when that’s all done.
Then Enjoy your new lockers!