vintage locker inspired lavender cabinet & tutorial

Happiest Saturday!

I have be dying to share my vintage inspired lavender cabinet with you
since wrapping it up on Thursday.

I’m quite happy with the way it turned out.

Truth be told, I sort of just went with it on this one and
ended up with the cool piece, subtle hue of grayish lavender
and functional storage that my living room needed.

The height works.
The lavender color works.

The functionality works.
The style works.
It just works and therefore, I love.
…and it’s all thanks to this crusty, rusty metal cabinet that was sitting in my basement.
(…and it wasn’t the cute and stylish rust either.)

I have always wanted vintage metal or wooden lockers for my living room
and it occurred to me that with a little paint and creativity,
this cabinet could look like them.

I asked Krylon to send along three cans of White Satin Rust Protector
and a can of Gray Rust Protector Primer.

I originally intended to paint the cabinet white and age it in spots with a little graphite wax.
{and thank heavens!}
I ran out of the white before finishing the doors.

Oh, man!

I was in the painting zone and didn’t want to wait for more paint to be sent
so off I went to Michaels to purchase two more cans…and they didn’t have it.

Oh, man!…again.

I paced the aisle and decided that lavender doors would be lovely,
so I went home with two cans of Krylon’s Hyacinth (Satin) Indoor/Outdoor paint.

After painting the doors with the Hyacinth,
I desaturated, faded and weathered them with a white wash of
Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and white craft paint.
(My Pure White Chalk Paint can was licked clean months ago.)

I think the wash created a very cool visual texture.
Faded and worn. Love.
(I hesitate to even call it a “wash” because the paint & wax mixture isn’t a watery consistency
like a typical white wash. It’s definitely much thicker, but I applied it like a wash.)
There are a few intentional imperfections.

It’s all in the little details.

To create those little rippled and dimpled spots,
I sprayed heavily until the paint puddled a touch.
Then, laid a plastic bag over the spot, pressed it gently, and pulled it away.
(No pictures…sorry.)

Using a mixture of Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax and Graphite Chalk Paint,
I aged the edges of the cabinet, the outer edges of the doors and around the handles.

After everything dried a bit,
I hot glued on some metal numbers purchased at Michael’s.

I considered faux painting the vent things that lockers have but that’s {too} faux for me.

I like the simplicity.
It’s a little vintage and a little modern.

The awesome thing is, it has five shelves…
one for each member of the fam to store gear, shoes, etc.
I don’t have a foyer or a closet in the room so this is breaking news!

No more mound of shoes, back packs, and misc. droppings
when you walk in my front door.

I’ll be sharing the inside eventually.
Now I need vintage locker baskets, of course.
I also have some plans to make the sides functional too.

This vintage inspired locker is one of my favorite paint projects ever.

Sometimes a sudden change of plans works out in the end.

Although I received Krylon Rust Protector Paint & Primer to use for this project,
my words are always honest and my own.
I’ve been a Krylon lover since the first time I tried their chalkboard paint.
They make awesome spray paint and that’s all there is to it.

It was so hard to capture the white finish with my camera,
but the satin Krylon Rust Protector has a beautiful low lustre sheen, a smooth finish,
and adhered to the cabinet very well.
(I only primed the rusted parts at the bottom.)

In my opinion, it looks like a factory finish vs. a painted-after-the-fact finish,
if you know what I mean.

The white in this line is slightly transparent
so I found that I needed two more coats than anticipated
(which actually turned out to be a good thing in the end).
If you’re going to use the white, I suggest grabbing an extra can or two.
I think the finish is worth it though.

Have a lovely weekend!


Linking with a couple of my favorite parties…
Common Ground’s 100th Vintage Inspiration Friday
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Feature Friday
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
How to paint a vintage locker, how to paint an antique locker, DIY locker tutorial, metal locker numbers,
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  1. Hi Jami,
    Just got back from the Saturday farmer’s market with Chrislyn…popped onto facebook and saw your mega brilliance! So now I’m here to tell you that you have inspired me once again!

    We have the UGLIEST file cabinet in the garage! I wanted to move it to my crafty studio…but it’s so ugly! Hello Krylon…and, how cool are those numbers?

    It is perfect for your entry!
    Happy weekend to you and your loves!

  2. You are amazing Jami. Beautiful job with a lovely paint treatment. I’m loving all the touches of lavender that you’ve done in your home. Your house just has a soft and peaceful feel to it and I can honestly say that if I could choose to meet another blogger, it would be you. ♥ Have a good weekend.

  3. It looks awesome, Jami. How great that you now have a spot for all the comings and goings of a busy family. Who would have thought the before would end up looking so great. The absolute best part is that it doesn’t smell like two week old ham sandwiches with mayo in a brown paper bag. I’m joking of course, I have worked in a high school for 20+ years and you would not believe some of the smells coming out of lockers. We sometimes call our school Notre Fruit Fly.

    I love using Krylon and love knowing that I can pop into any of our local Canadian hardware stores and find it for last minute projects. Now to find a rusty old cabinet ;)

  4. Oh, I just read Lynne’s comment (#1) and I am sitting beside a black slightly rusty file cabinet.
    I see a future Krylon project! Yeah!

  5. Oh I love it Jami! You are so crafty! Love, love, love what you did to this locker! Now I want to be on a lookout for something metal to paint – thanks for always being an inspiration!


  6. Mary says:

    LOVE it!

  7. Bente says:

    It turned out so great. Love it.

  8. Carole says:

    This might just be the thing I need to do to my ugly fine cabinets. Unless they are wooden( therefore expensive) they are sooo ugly.

  9. Wow! Love it! And Love the color! You did an amazing job!

  10. Gorgeous Jami!! You never cease to amaze me with your talent!!
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  11. ritajoy says:

    Jamie, It’s beautiful! You’ve inspired me to want to go find me some spray paint…:)

  12. Hello Jami

    Congratulations on completing a masterpiece
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend

    Helen xx

  13. lynn says:

    your locker is awesome, jami! i just bought some rusty pink lockers, and really need to paint–tfs your steps:)

  14. deborah says:

    That turned out really cute! I can see why you’re in love, plus you did all the hard work. I am so bad at being crafty and it is hard for me to see the potential in something. I live vicariously through other people’s DIY projects. hee-hee! I am a huge fan of the colors, gray, lavendar and purple.

  15. Marian says:

    Aw shucks! I just redid an old boring lamp with spray paint for a friend heading off to college. But I didn’t take any pictures. Boo. Let’s just say old 90′s beige got a snappy super hero blue make over. The shade just needed a quick vacuuming to spruce it up. Love spray paint!

  16. {oc cottage} says:

    holy moly! how cool!

    m ^..^

  17. Wow Jami, that is an incredible transformation!! I can see why you are giddy! Well done!

  18. BECKY says:

    Love it, too! Perfect!

  19. I love how this turned out Jami! It looks so fantastic, I want one now! I’ve been wanting an old locker in my kitchen and now I know I may be able to faux it!!!


  20. I’m in awe of what you did to that old cabinet! I too have a filing cabinet that’s just rusting away –

  21. Olde Tyme Marketplace says:

    I am LOVING it as well! FABULOUS my friend!!

  22. Oooooo! Love the cabinet and the colors are fabulous!!

  23. Hi Jami, you are so creative. Love this makeover. You have made ugly old lockers actually look beautiful! Well done
    Fiona x

  24. Thats pretty amazing and cool! Love outside the box thinking~especially when you get great results!!

  25. Anne says:

    WOW LOVE this!!!! Super cool!

  26. tksutton says:

    This looks fantastic! I have always wanted a locker in my apartment, but have never found the perfect one while thrifting… This changes everything.

    Thanks for inspiration!!


  27. very lovely! I like!

  28. i absolutely love it. beautiful!!!

  29. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    So charming Jami~ I love them. Awesome choice with the purple color too!! :)

  30. Oh Girlfriend, this is LOVELY! Thanks for explaining how you did the wax treatment with the paint. I’d never heard of it but love the look! YOU ROCK and I LOVE Krylon! xo

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  32. Cynthia says:

    What a gorgeous finish! It makes your cabinet look amazing.

  33. Anne says:

    HA! I was just wondering what on earth to do with this two drawer beige filing cabinet that has no personality AT ALL. Thank you very much!

    ps pop by my blog & sign up for the Ramsign giveaway :)

  34. Very nice indeed. Luv it!!!
    Cheers, Gee

  35. Tim says:

    Great suggestions on rust protection and vintage locker treatment!

  36. monica livas says:

    Jami you did a great job on this cabinet! LOVE it!
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