What Have I Been Working On? These Giant Green Wooden Lockers!

We had that room in our house that we never got around to decorating; It was supposed to be a formal living room. We put a computer in there and it became a catch all space. We (okay I) decided it should be a game room.

What I wanted: Four chairs, an ottoman and some kind of storage cabinet.


We painted the room.


I purchased some FLOR carpet tiles. LOVE them! A great way to get a carpet for a square room. I chose the one called Suit Yourself in the color Raffia.


Then I started looking on Craigslist for something fun and unusual, and did I ever find it!


I found these vintage wooden lockers at an old storage facility in downtown Knoxville. They advertised a set of five custom-built employee lockers that they no longer needed. The lockers were built around 1935.
(These are the only ones they have and they insisted they sell as a set so I went for it.)

Cool, right?

We borrowed my Dad’s truck and the guy at the facility helped us load them.


Unloading them…it’s a miracle we didn’t get hurt, but my husband and I got them into our garage by ourselves.

Just to give you some perspective on how big these puppies are – here’s me with two of them in our never-clean garage.


There was 90+ years of grunge on these lockers. So, I cleaned AND cleaned AND cleaned them over a couple of months. It took forever.


Then we (and that’s a royal we) replaced rotten boards on the bottom, repaired split doors and added additional shelving.


There were three horizontal boards across the back of each locker door. A few had to come off and we used a tool to chop off the back of the nails rather then remove them and risk messing up the front of the locker doors. Then we re-attached the boards with screws, fixing the places in the doors that had split.


Then it was FINALLY time to put them in the house which was done by my wonderful husband and brother in law (shout out to my husband and RANDY!!!).


I took this picture and then danced along behind them, hopping from foot to foot, silently doing the dance that the Peanuts do.


Hah! And that’s all you get for now…more to come.

A lot of people are telling me I am a nut for wanting these lockers in my house, what do you think? And do you have a formal living room in your house? And, if so, how do you use it?



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5 Responses to What Have I Been Working On? These Giant Green Wooden Lockers!

  1. Donna Longino April 24, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    What a terrific idea! Love it!

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Oh Donna, I have been loving the photos from your recent adventures! Life iz gud, no?

  2. Gail Yongue April 24, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    I absolutely love it. Can’t wait for final pictures of the room.

    • Heather April 25, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks, Gail! It might be a while, but I will share pictures of the whole room when I get it done. Hope you are doing well!

  3. Christy Parrott June 5, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    I love this! The final “after” picture, please! Way too cute! And – I don’t have a formal living room – I have a family room/toy room/office/center of the house room. Your Dad tells me he played many games of poker there with the former owners. :)

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