Pink ikat recycled lockers

Pink ikat recycled lockers {Heather's Handmade Life}

When we built our daughter’s custom loft bed last January, I really reined myself in with the colours in her room. Muted mauve. Soft pink. Pale grey. Touches of gold, and a tiny bit of dusty rose.

DIY loft bed, play area + reading nook {Heather's Handmade Life}

I loved the finished look and decided that maybe — just maybe — my colour sense was calming down.

DIY loft bed

So when it was time to paint a set of lockers for her bedroom, my initial instinct was “Let’s paint them pale grey to match the loft bed or the same soft mauve as the walls.” I didn’t want anything jarring to interfere with the delicate colour palette of her beautiful new room.

Well, try telling a five-year-old you plan on painting her new lockers — lockers she’d been begging for since I did a navy Army-style set for her brother …

Upcycled lockers for toy storage

… and a white-and-gold set for my home office — a boring light grey.

Upcycled wood and metal lockers {Heather's Handmade Life}
Upcycled wood and metal lockers

It did not go over well. And I suppose grey lockers would have looked grossly industrial?

She wanted them to be rainbow-striped, and we compromised on ombré — light pink at the top, slowly darkening toward the bottom of the lockers.

Well, I tried it . . . and it wasn’t looking good. No matter how I messed with the shades and tried to blend them together, they stubbornly refused to be pretty …

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

Pink ikat recycled lockers {Heather's Handmade Life}

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