I can’t say that I thought too much about my locker in high school. It served a purpose but I never looked at it as an object of visual pleasure. In fact, I didn’t even like those cold and utilitarian keepers of books and jackets. Of course, like most things old or vintage, there is a certain appeal to bringing things back simply for decorative and nostalgic sake. And, when you can a little something to them, they can be super styling.
Decorating with old lockers is one of those things that has become increasingly popular. Because they can be made over is such fun ways, they look anything but cold and ordinary. In fact, they add the perfect rustic industrial touch which is so popular right now. That is why when I had the opportunity to receive some old shop lockers, I grabbed them with pleasure.
Ideas For Decorating With Old Lockers
Makeover Lockers With Paint, Embellishments, & Chalk
Here is one set of old shop lockers that I made over for my mudroom. When I received them they were utilitarian gray with lots of dirt and grease. The look wasn’t at all appealing for a home. They weren’t even aligned level. It was almost hard to even consider using them in my home. However, I had a vision and worked my plan. To see the before and after, check out my DIY locker makeover post.
Because I didn’t receive just one set of shop lockers, I had a second set to makeover to use at our cabin. This gave me the opportunity to decorate those lockers in a whole new way. I went for a rustic look with the second set.
Rustic Locker Makeover
Even though the lockers are still gray, I painted them with a technique to look like galvanized metal. Now the gray has more texture and rustic warmth. To see how I painted them, check out my DIY on galvanized painting on vintage lockers.
I also found some other ideas for decorating with old lockers. Here are some of my favorites.
Distressed Painted Blue Vintage Lockers
Adding a colored paint and then distressing it is a decorative upgrade to vintage lockers.
SOURCE: Handmade Home
Not only does the soft blue paint give charm to old lockers, but the distressed effect gives a welcome rustic style. The number stencils just add to the overall charm.
Cover Lockers In Chalkboard Paint
This set painted in chalkboard paint would also be a fun and super easy idea.
Use Wooden Lockers
SOURCE: The Lettered Cottage
Although most vintage lockers are metal, you can also add lockers to your decor that are wood. This is a fun look that is both rustic and chic. Build your own and then add vintage hardware to complete the look.
Paint Lockers Matte Black
SOURCE: Rue Mag
If you like the look of chalkboard paint but don’t want a chalkboard, simply paint the lockers with a matte black paint.
Lighten Up Old Lockers With White Paint
SOURCE: Funky Junk Sisters
From black to all white, I do love the clean look of these updated lockers. Instantly turn drab old lockers into a bright accent with white paint. This look is particularly great for a farmhouse style room.
Makeover The Inside Of Lockers
SOURCE: Chez Larsso
Don’t forget about the inside of those vintage lockers! You don’t have to stick with the standard shelf and jacket hooks. Easily customize the lockers for more functional storage. A small rod works better for hanging more items. And, hanging baskets provide much more needed storage.