ideas on how to use vintage metal school lockers in scrapbook room?

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Posted 7/7/2013 by biochemipea in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 7/7/2013 12:41:39 PM
Have you seen any great ways to use vintage lockers in a scrapbooking room?

I have four that are attached. They are metal. They have shelf at the top and the bottom portion is just empty, with hangers at the top.

I'm not sure how to use them because they are so narrow and there are no shelves inside, and I don't think those tension shelves you can buy for school lockers would really support much weight. Because they are metal I don't think I have the means to have shelves installed, unlike if they were really awesome old wooden lockers.

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Posted: 7/7/2013 12:56:58 PM
Several thoughts... If you had room and wanted to use them in a entryway/mud room, each family member could have his/her own. Put them in kids' rooms?

Adding shelves would not be so difficult. Yes, you would have to do some drilling from the outside and add wood shelves, not metal. It's been so long since I was in school, how deep and wide are they?

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Posted: 7/7/2013 1:00:38 PM
Could you buy plastic drawers to fit inside, I could see stacking some of those. I could also think you could drill holes in the two middle ones to put in shelves.

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Posted: 7/7/2013 1:03:25 PM
The insides are 12 inches wide by 15 inches deep, but there is a little "lip" around the front door that would make the accessible opening more like 11 inches across. Not sure I've seen plastic drawers that would fit/stack inside and still be functional, but I will take a look!







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Posted: 7/7/2013 1:34:56 PM

The insides are 12 inches wide by 15 inches deep, but there is a little "lip" around the front door that would make the accessible opening more like 11 inches across. Not sure I've seen plastic drawers that would fit/stack inside and still be functional, but I will take a look!


I have some that I bought at WM. They are 10" tall and 11" wide, the drawers are a little over 9" wide. They might be something that you could stack in the lockers. Also, I used to have some plastic coated wire shelves that would sit on top of each other, something like that might work too.


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Posted: 7/7/2013 2:32:34 PM
Thanks, Denise! I'll add that to my Walmart list to check out next time I'm there.






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Posted: 7/7/2013 2:44:02 PM
Wow Ashley! What a fun thing to put in a scrap room

With the dimensions you give, you could put cropper hopper paper holders inside to hold all your paper.
Unless you don't have that much paper.
If you put a one inch board on the bottom you could raise your holders up so the lip wouldn't make it difficult to get them out

You could also add wood shelves by drilling through the sides and maybe the back. Though I wouldn't drill through the front because it would look bad
Then you could purchase metal locker baskets.
I just saw some, maybe at anthropologie. But it could have been pottery barn.
And I'm pretty sure Target had some right now too





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Posted: 7/7/2013 2:44:27 PM
I hope you post photos when you get it filled up


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Posted: 7/7/2013 3:02:32 PM
Bethie, I have lots of paper.
Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm also thinking about using them as I planned when I bought them -- for coats by our front door.

I will post pictures when I am done. But, I did buy them two years ago and haven't done anything with them yet, so getting them done isn't looking very likely.

I am often a better planner than do-er.






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Posted: 7/7/2013 3:42:28 PM
i think Ali Edwards has some lockers in her scrap room. Maybe you could search her blog for ideas.

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Posted: 7/7/2013 3:55:03 PM
Oh, fun! I do have a couple ideas...

Since it is a large open space, you could adhere some of those hanging shoe organizers up along the back wall of each unit. The Container Store has clear plastic ones for cheap that hang on the back of doors. You could cut them down to size to fit. You could use those pouches to store punches, diecuts (maybe put a plastic cup in the pouch first then the diecuts or smaller items for easy removal), and other such things.

For the hooks, you could hang ribbon from there. I have mine hanging from a shower curtain ring that is attached to the wall via a command hook. You could have a different ring of ribbon for each hook and sort by color.

And since the new school year is approaching, you could check out Target and Walmart for magnetic locker organizers/holders to hang on the inside of the metal doors. These would be good for pencils, scissors... they only stick out about 5 inches. Do not waste any space!

And finally to finish filling the space at the bottom, use a cute basket in each of the four units. With the lockers being so deep, you could store 12x12 page kits, mini albums... Or if you have larger tools, such as a Cuttlebug or Bind It All, you could dedicate a bottom basket to each tool and its supplies.

The top shelves could be used for more storage or even cute displays. The front of the doors may be used as a way to hang up your latest layout or favorite pictures for everyone to see with simple magnets.

There is so much you could do! I am really jealous!

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Posted: 7/7/2013 4:15:17 PM
So many great ideas! Thank you! I am getting excited.

I checked out Ali's lockers are her's are little individual boxes-- like swim lockers. Very cool! but mine are tall rectangles, so her's already have built-in divisions like I need for mine.






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Posted: 7/7/2013 9:04:04 PM
HERE is a metal stacking shelf meant for lockers. I got it at Walmart and was cheaper than this.

I happen to have one, NOT for a locker but bought it for something else. As I said, I got it at Walmart, we were clearing them out recently dirt cheap because we'll be getting the NEW ones soon for the back-to-school aisle.


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Posted: 7/7/2013 9:18:36 PM
Thanks, Angie! A picture is helpful!






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Posted: 7/8/2013 5:44:18 PM
My DS uses that stacking locker shelf in his locker at school.
I have no idea why I didn't think of that
I bought it at ToysRUs last summer
It holds a lot of weight too.


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Posted: 7/8/2013 5:46:58 PM
I think J's sells those stacking locker shelves too. they come out around the back-to-school sales time.



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Posted: 7/13/2013 8:49:14 PM
Have you figured out what you want to do with them?
I can't wait to see. I hope you post pics when you're done


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Posted: 7/14/2013 7:50:21 PM
My kids use d wire stacking shelves from Target for their school lockers. I think you could do a lot with those.


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