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Old School Lockers Made New

Old School Lockers

My old high school got demolished last year. It had been around since God knows when so it was TIME. I can remember when I attended there {OVER 14 years ago – Lordy I am getting old} and it was falling apart back then. I can’t imagine the fourteen years after me and all of the problems they had to deal with.

Before they tore it down they had an auction to sell all of the items inside. They sold EVERYTHING. From windows to desks to file cabinets.

But the ONE thing that I was so excited they were selling? The lockers!

Old School Lockers Made New

I scored these lockers at the auction for under $10. Unfortunately, because my memory is about as good as someone 3 times my age, I can’t say that any of these use to actually be MINE in high school. I can barely remember my age, let alone what locker number I was 14 years ago.

Old School Lockers turned new

But, nonetheless, I felt like they were such a fun keepsake to have from my days as a teenager.

I really had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time. Haha! I knew whatever it was…it would involve my dad and some power tools! :)

Used Old School Lockers

Are you ready to check out how I took my Old School Lockers and Made Them New?

Old School Lockers from high school

The only parts of the lockers that weren’t dented or damaged were the doors. We decided to take the doors off the lockers, build our own wooden locker and then reattach the doors to the wooden locker. Ok, this wasn’t actually my idea…it was my dad’s. Pretty ingenious.

Old School Lockers repurposed

The baskets on top came from Walmart and are used for all kinds of different things. Most of them are filled with baseballs and footballs right now.

Old School Lockers made to look new

I wanted these lockers to be in the garage so the each of my boys could have their own locker to store backpacks, sports gear, etc.

Old School Lockers for sports equipmentOld School Lockers used for kids

The funny thing about this locker creation story? It began WAY before the words adoption were on our heart. We originally had 5 lockers to start with. My dad and husband wanted to just re-do three of them {one for each child}.

But in my heart, something kept telling me the number was four. I convinced my dad that we needed four. Not because I was planning to have more children, but as a “just in case” our plans change.

Old School Lockers "Thrift It"

Funny to see how that worked out, right? We won’t even have to add a locker for our new child when they arrive. God plans ahead!

The boys love having their own lockers. P said to me, “am I in high school?”

Old School Lockers used for school suppliesOld School Lockers Storage

No no no, my friend, you are not. But one day soon. Too soon.

I had thought about painting them, but in the end, decided I like the character they have and decided against it.

Old School Lockers Storage Solutions

Old School Lockers used for Storage

 So how is that for a “THRIFT IT” project?

I’m not usually all that thrifty, but I adore having a piece of my younger years to pass down to my children.

I can’t wait to see what y’all have been able to thrift lately! Come back tomorrow and link up with us for the Dog Days (of Winter) Are Over “THRIFT IT” Challenge! Any thing that you have made new is welcome!

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If you link up on just ONE of our blogs, your project will be see on all NINE sites! So, get those projects completed & get your posts ready!

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  1. These lockers turned out so great!! Your dad is so clever! And I love that you didn’t paint them! They have so much character as is! These are going to be perfect for your boys & all of their stuff! So cool that you have an extra for when the new baby arrives too!
    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home´s last blog post ..Goodwill Desk Makeover

  2. WOW!! This is such a cute and creative idea!! Especially for boys and all there sports!! Bonus: A great story connected to your history!! Well done Mommy! :-)

  3. Brista says:

    Omgosh. Brilliant! I really wish I would have went to the auction now! Great job! Love it!

  4. Looks great, Mandy! That’s funny how you had “that feeling” you needed four 😉 That’s a great keepsake of the old high school, even if it was falling apart. At least the boys have a school to go to that’s all intact!
    Carrie from Carrie This Home´s last blog post ..Avocados–A Great Baby Food

  5. Mandy Hank says:

    Oh wow Mandy! I love the inside of the lockers, they tell so many awesome stories from many many years :) Too cute!!!

    Mandy@The Hankful House
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  6. carmel says:

    These are awesome! How cool to have something from your old school too!
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  7. This is such a cute idea. Lockers are a perfect storage solution. I would’ve loved to to have purchased my school’s old lockers when they took them out, but back then I wouldn’t have thought about this idea the way you did. I would still have some rusty old lockers in my hallway or something. LOL…I love what you did! Super creative. 😉
    Tonia @TheChattyMomma´s last blog post ..Let the Little Children See Magic

  8. These are SO cute!! I seriously love them and am now trying to think about where I could score some old lockers. My dad is a construction consultant for new school constructions, so he may just be the guy to find some of these for me! Gotta love those helpful dads! 😉 Y’all did a great job and I am sure the boys are crazy about them!
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  9. Wow what a makeover!!! Love the blue colour, it looks amazing!

  10. Carrie A. says:

    Genious! I have all kinds of sports stuff in my garage and I have been wondering how to organize it… I love your locker idea! And, your Dad is awesome, the doors look great with the woodwork he did!
    Carrie A.´s last blog post ..Treated myself to some new jewelry!

  11. liz marie says:

    looooooooove these!! How perfect to store all of the boy things in them.. I may need to get me some lockers for my future kids! Great post girl!!
    liz marie´s last blog post ..Thrifted Vanity Chair Makeover

  12. Kelly Rust says:

    Great idea! They look awesome! As I was looking through your pictures though, my eye kept going to the garage door and into your back entry/mud room. Have you ever shared about that? It looks great in there too! I’d love a look around.

  13. What a score! I love them! We have lockers in our house too and they’re one of my favorite things!
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  14. Mel says:

    SCORE!!! They look fantastic
    Mel´s last blog post ..Shabby Chic Binder

  15. Oh my gosh this is amazing! I love love love it. Seriously what a fun way to add storage and character to the garage. Great find!
    Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers´s last blog post ..Thrifted Glider Turned Chic Bench

  16. AP says:

    BRILLIANT! I just love this idea so much! And it’s PERFECT for “Boy Mamas!” Love, love, love!!!!

  17. Cassidy says:

    These are awesome!
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  18. Megan says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this project so much! What a great idea! Thanks for hosting the linky parties – so fun!

  19. Caroline says:

    Love those lockers. Such a cute idea. Hope number four hurries along soon so you can use all four. Love the link-up.
    Caroline´s last blog post ..Horseshoe re-do

  20. Diane says:

    LOVE these! You are so stinkin’ creative and your dad is amazingly handy! I can’t imagine anything more perfect for garage storage for your gaggle of boys. Awesome job Mandy!

  21. Dee says:

    I always had a top locker even though I was the shortest EVER! I had to have someone open my locker Now my boys don’t even have lockers!
    Dee´s last blog post ..Jonathan Adler Thrift Store Style

  22. Stellar find! What an awesome way to add storage to the garage! Love it!
    Shayna @ The Wood Grain Cottage´s last blog post ..Creating My Signature Style

  23. love, love, love these! you did an awesome job with them. you are so lucky to have found such a good deal- someday I hope to have a set of lockers. . .

  24. Kelly says:

    I love what you did. Maybe well change ours up too. It wasn’t so fun trying to pry those bad boys apart and haul them out. Jeff wasn’t feeling the love for them that he does now back in that old high school!

  25. These are amazing!! I love the vintage feel and I know your family thinks they are just the coolest! Love that you have your “extra”!! 😉 God knows all!! 😉 Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon´s last blog post ..Fingerprint Heart Duo Necklace Giveaway …

  26. Alex says:


    Just thought I’d share that you are ahead of pottery barn :) Just received their new catalog in the mail and they are selling “lockers” with name plates that can be engraved. And they can be yours for ONLY $2,399.00 plus $9 for each name plate {now go back and re-read in a sarcastic tone} Anyways just wanted to let you know! Quite the accomplishment to be ahead of Pottery Barn :)

  27. I love these!! I want lockers!!!!
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