Upcycled lockers for toy storage

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
When my husband texted me a photo of dirty, rusted lockers and asked if we wanted them — for free — of course I replied with “Yes! How many can you take???”

His lunchroom at work was about to be renovated, and employees were allowed to take the old lockers if they wanted. Needless to say, he took the minivan to work two days in a row and filled it with as many soon-to-be upcycled lockers as it would hold.

I helped him drag a set of two into the basement and I got my first look at them. He’d hauled them home in blocks of two and three, but they can easily come apart with a few bolts if we want to change the configuration.

I was honestly a little grossed out by the grit and rustcoating them, but what really surprised me were the stickers. So many stickers! Some of them were cool ones from Australia and Europe and South America, and others were from local skate shops and tourist locations. There were even a few banana stickers.

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
BEFORE: Our upcycled lockers

Scraping off those stickers was definitely the most frustrating part of this project. I used my fingernails for the easy ones, and then resorted to a putty knife and a razor blade. For the really stubborn ones, I soaked them in nail polish remover and then re-scraped. Someone suggested Goo Gone but I didn’t have any, and at that point I said, “Eh, good enough!” and moved on.

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
Peeling off stickers = THE WORST part of upcycled lockers!

After a bad experience painting a different set of lockers for another room (more on that in a few weeks — I promise) I knew what I had to do …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
Lots of room for Transformers, Ninja Turtles, science supplies, and even his suitcase!

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home … 

Upcycled lockers for toy storage {Heather's Handmade Life}
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