Hey, creative friends! I may be a bit obsessed with vintage lockers, but I couldn’t help myself when I stumbled upon this magnificent reminder of old-school memories. Recently I overhauled my laundry room and incorporated a set of lockers for my broom closet, and ever since then, I have noticed more and more of these nostalgic finds. Today, I’m sharing how I made a few simple changes and made someone else’s idea my own.
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Repurposed Vintage Lockers – Butcher Block Top
All I wanted was something small to flip. NOT SMALL! And by all means, not even in my budget. But, I had to have it.
This happens a lot when I visit my favorite “treasure store” to browse in our small town. One of the things I love about thrifting in our small Flea Market Town in Canton, Texas, is that almost everything is negotiable. Well, at least it is in my little town. So, the deal was made, and the vintage lockers came home with me. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
STEP 1: Restoring The Butcher Block Top
There were only 2 things that I wanted to change with my new (new to me) vintage lockers. The first thing was to restore the butcher block top. It had been previously sealed with what looked like a varnish, which had a glossy finish and would have to be removed first.
But, I didn’t want to use a harsh chemical to strip the old varnish away on the butcher block top, so I opted to sand it off with my SurfPrep Sander. My favorite tool in my arsenal, and I don’t know what I would do without it, and I give it a GOOD workout every time I turn it on.
STEP 2: Refinishing The Butcher Block Top
After the old varnish had been stripped away, I gave the butcher block top a light sanding with a fine-grit sanding pad. Afterward, I removed the dust from sanding with a damp cloth and allowed the wood to dry.
TIP ALERT! I used Hemp Oil to restore the butcher block top on the vintage lockers. It’s tough, durable, and food safe… not for consumption, but safe for your wood creations, wood utensils, and wood countertops. Here’s how I DO it.
Time needed: 4 hours.
How To Restore Butcher Block With Hemp Oil
- Apply A Good Quality Hemp Oil
Use a plastic bag to protect your hand and rub, rub, rub the hemp oil in the butcher block until it’s all absorbed in. The plastic keeps the hemp oil right where it needs to be, on the wood, and not an applicator. Less waste. This took about 30 minutes, but it can depend on the dryness of the butcher block. Mine was really dry.
- Do It Again! Apply Multiple Coats
Repeat the first step and allow to absorb and dry. You can repeat this step 2-4 times until you get the finish you want. Wipe away any remaining Hemp Oil with a soft cotton cloth. It will take about 30 days for the Hemp Oil to cure fully, so go easy on the butcher block during this time. I also took the opportunity to work on my cutting boards and wooden utensils while waiting for the oil to absorb and dry.
* Hemp Oil will slowly wear away over time and should be reapplied to your butcher block about every 2-3 years to keep them durable and beautiful. It’s food safe
Adding Wheels On Vintage Lockers
The last thing I did to my vintage lockers were to add furniture wheels. Because old school lockers’ base is typically wood, it’s easy to add them with minimal effort. The only effort was flipping the lockers over. UGH! Thanks, Mr. Honey Do.
The furniture wheels I chose are rated for 600 lbs. total capacity and have locking mechanisms. This will ensure that it’s easy to roll around and lock in place when not in use. I also love the idea of being able to move the vintage lockers for quick and easy cleaning underneath them. Dang, those dust bunnies!
Repurposed Old School Metal Vintage Lockers
Gosh, I love this makeover! Especially when I get to open the doors on my vintage lockers. I feel like a school girl when I hear that metal clanging together. 😁 Oh, the joy it brings me every morning. I’m not sure what it is about the industrial look, but it grabs my attention and heartstrings. If I could, I would save them all.
Thanks for joining me today, and I hope my vintage locker project inspires you DIY with these fun finds. What would you have done with these lockers? I’d love to get your feedback and always welcome your comments.
Until the next project… xo, Do