Get The Look: 7 Ways to Make Storage More Stylish With Locker DIYs

updated Apr 30, 2019
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(Image credit: Livet Hemma via IKEA)

Remember the good ole days of decorating your locker with neon magnets, stickers, and magazine cutouts of Will Smith, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and the like? Lockers were like our own little slice of personality-heaven in a world where we were told when to learn math, when to eat, and when to turn in our shoebox dioramas. I’m here to say those lockers days don’t have to be over just yet. These 7 locker-inspired projects can help you reminisce, and they’ll make your mudroom, office, or living room ready for more storage.

Add in some locker-room athletic touches with oversized stenciled numbers or letters, and instantly create the new focal point of your living space, as seen above in a Livet Hemma piece created for IKEA.

(Image credit: Benira Larsson via Apartment Therapy)

Hide your shoes and other entryway messes by adding some colorful vintage lockers right inside your front door, like Benira Larsson’s refurbished blue lockers. Can’t find vintage lockers in the color of your choice? Spray paint is always an option, just be sure to sand down any rust, and tape off any hardware you want left alone.

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Featured on Rustic Craft, these black lockers with a chalkboard finish are ultra sleek, and ultra creative. I’m loving the industrial modern look they offer. Not to mention, the ability to write messages and inspiration on them makes these lockers a win for any work space.

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In similar fashion, these black refurbished lockers, found on, make a great industrial chic wardrobe space. Glue on several floor length mirrors and they’ll serve as more than just storage.

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Audra Skinner of Audra Skinner Interiors took her locker rehab a step further. After refinishing the set of cubbies with iron metallic spray paint, she cut and stained wood to fit the top to make it into the perfect bedside storage piece.

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Little House of Four took IKEA hacks to a whole new level, transforming a 16-cubby bookcase into storage lockers by adding doors, hinges, hardware, and stenciled numbers.

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And last, but certainly not least, a DIY locker-cubby tutorial from Sugar & Cloth. You know, just in case you want to build your own from scratch!

Have you ever refurbished lockers or other vintage metal furniture? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!