Vintage Lockers – Before & After Makeover

February 19, 2013 in Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Thrifty Thursday

Finally! They’re finished!  My vintage lockers have officially been MADE-OVER. Woop woop!

If you recall, I fell head over heels with these lockers at an auction last year. Yes, head over heels. As in swooning. As in bid like a mad-woman and gave everyone the “don’t-bid-against-me” evil eye. There were a couple that ran the bids up, but in the end, I was victorious. Booyah.

…and then I had to figure out how to get them home. Why yes, yes I DID drive home several miles with them hanging out the back of my SUV… tied in place with leather dog leashes. Hey – I had to get creative.

What’d I use for my vintage lockers makeover?  Quite possibly my new favorite spray paint for rusty metal makeovers!

I reached out to the good people at Krylon to see what spray paint they’d recommend. They responded lickety split and were even kind enough to send me some paint to try out.So what’d I use? (Oh wait, I already asked that didn’t I… I’m long-winded, what can I say!)

Krylon Rust Protector in Oil Rubbed Bronze

People… let. me. tell. you.  This stuff was great! It went on evenly and dried in minutes. 8 minutes to be exact!

I gave the lockers a good cleaning before I painted. This included sweeping, spraying down and even a wire brush to rough up the chipped paint and rusty areas. Then I painstakingly removed ALL of the numbers and tabs from the locker rack. What a pain. Did I mention it was about 30 degrees outside and I couldn’t feel my fingers? Yeah that part definitely didn’t help. :-)

I have a feeling these lockers had a rough life. They had some stout rust patches, but Krylon was up to the task!

So how many coats? Ummm I’m not entirely sure. I got so excited about the Oil Rubbed Bronze that I went buck wild… plus it dried so quickly. By the time I finished a lap around the lockers the paint was ready for another coat. That’s my kind of spray paint.

All in all, I’d give this stuff 4 out of 4 gold stars… or maybe I should make them bronze stars. (har. har.)

Before we look at the finished product, let’s have a couple quick reminders of what these vintage lockers looked like before:

…and now <drumroll>, the AFTER photos!


…and here’s some side-by-side before and after shots to give you an idea of just how far they’ve come:

Well? What do you think?  Personally… I LOVE the dark metal popping against the shiny silver locker baskets and numbers.

…and what’s a Crafted Niche post without some Pupper Glamour shots? Of course Emma and Quinn had to get their muzzle shots.

Thanks for stopping by! I have some more GREAT projects to share in the coming weeks.

…and let me tell you – THIS girl is SO excited to have a working laptop again. It’s tough to edit photos and write posts with a laptop that shuts off every four minutes. Just take my word for it!

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