Hi guys!! I hope you are having a great summer! Since I am a teacher, summer is the perfect opportunity to get all of my DIY projects done…although I feel like my list never shortens, only gets longer as I find new items I want to makeover or see a new pinterest pin that would be perfect for that cabinet upstairs (sigh). This is what happened when visiting some friends that have a local antique shop in the coolest little area called the Denham Springs Antique Festival. Its about 25 minutes from our home but it is literally an entire street full of antique stores.
How awesome is this photo taken by Amy K & Co!?
My husband’s family grew up with the owners of 201 Antiques and they are so wonderful that we love to visit their store and catch up (Then I proceed to convince my husband that we need to just look around for a bit..aka 3 hours). Well on one of these trips I spotted this old vintage locker in the corner.
I have always wanted a locker and have pictured it in my little boy’s room. However, since we don’t have any children, I didn’t really have an idea of where to put it (my practical husband pointed out). So we left it there and went about our way. I kept thinking about that rusty old locker. Eventually I decided I had to have it and had a perfect spot for it. Does anyone else sometimes feel as though you need a full presentation i.e. powerpoint and display boards, to convince your significant other that a purchase is a good idea? The hubby was not thrilled with my plan (I didn’t need a presentation, ha!) but we really do need storage in our laundry room – its true! This is what our laundry room looked like before. Not awful but everything was squeezed on that small table and this is also our mudroom and main entry way. Any closed storage is good storage!
The locker came home with us a few weekends ago and I started the next day on fixing it up. This vintage locker needed a makeover. The color of the locker and the rust just weren’t the look I was going for.
After reading a bit, I came across an awesome tutorial that mentioned using chalk paint. I decided to try this out. I had been wanting an excuse to try Rustoleum’s new chalk paint so I purchased a can in Charcoal – a beautiful dark gray. I also purchased a primer that is said to make rust into a paintable surface.
Mini Rollers/Roller Tray
Small paintbrush for touch ups
First, I lightly sanded the rust to make sure all loose flecks or pieces were off.
I then used 2 cans of the metal primer and applied 2 coats on each side.
Then I started to paint! Each side required 2 coats and I actually still have plenty of paint left (love chalk paint!). I actually used a roller as I didn’t want any visible brush strokes. The roller worked very well and made the job go by so much quicker! I will definitely use it again if I paint anything with a flat surface.
I loved the color but realized that I didn’t like the matte look to it..which was silly, because I know that chalk paint dries to a matte finish. I could have waxed it but didn’t know how that would work with metal and lets face it, I’m lazy. I had a can of Polycrylic from a previous project and decided to use this. I used a roller for this as well. It gave it a nice satin finish.
My husband wasn’t home so I risked my life lugging this thing up the porch stairs to our laundry room. I actually scratched it a bit on the bottom. I may fix it…or I may just claim it gives it character :).
I do like how the locker turned out – it still looks vintage but in a not ugly tan/rusty way. It is definitely a far cry from the metallic glossy look that most picture with a locker but thats okay!
I will say, if I could go back… I would have just sanded off all of the rust. I skipped this step thinking the primer would help smooth the surface. It didn’t. The primer did as it promised and made it a paintable surface which is great..but you can see the bumps on the surface. It almost makes it look like a galvanized metal..
Overall, It is awesome! I wish I had another to squeeze right next to it! It provides ton of storage and soon my husband will build shelves so we can use some of that vertical space.