When you’re looking to add extra storage to your living space, you can’t go wrong with up-cycling vintage lockers. Catch them on the cheap at a yard sale or estate sale, clean them up and paint them a bright color, and voila! You’ve added instant vintage style to your home. Here are 12 times lockers have added just the right touch to every room of the house.


1. Bedside Table: A small-scale locker makes an ingenious and inexpensive nightstand. This white one is from IKEA’s PS line, and it really pops against the aqua wall. Just add casters, then have fun styling with a cute lamp and flowers. (via Jo McComiskey)


2. Creative Space: These upcycled lockers settled nicely into this “art room” after a coat of pink paint. They’re just perfect for storing crafting materials out of the way, but also easily reachable. The pink provides a nice pop of color with the otherwise black and white decor. (via A Beautiful Mess)


3. Family Room: Don’t let toys take over the room! Corral kids stuff in cute schoolhouse lockers. Low shelves can be used for toys and top shelves can hide away things only Mom can reach. (via Design Sponge)


4. Dining Room: Lockers make a sleek and minimalist credenza for any modern dining area. This locker cabinet is perfect for storing dishes, linens and flatware when the table becomes an office, but is also close enough to be able to set the table in a jiff. (via Fat Cat Brussels)


5. Reading Nook: We all have that spot in our place that’s too big to ignore but too small to be an actual room. Add a set of vintage lockers, like these wonderfully dinged up pink ones, and a cozy chair. Before you know it, you’ll have a super sweet reading nook. Decorate with vintage maps and prints and a bright pillow. (via Feng Shui Dana)


6. Butler’s Pantry: No room for a pantry in your small kitchen? No problem. Tuck one of these babies just around the corner. Metal lockers are perfect for storing baking goods — like flour, sugar and nuts — as well as dry goods and snacks for lunches. The furniture legs painted glossy white give it “real furniture” status. (via BHG)


7. Kitchen: The original vintage green of this locker set pairs perfectly with the mid-century schoolhouse table and chairs. The penmanship chart and industrial pendant all pull the look together. The locker is as functional as it is decorative, providing much-needed storage in this minimalist kitchen. (via Decor Fácil)


8. Porch: When sports gear starts to take over the house, a perfectly placed locker on the porch can keep everything together. Hang jackets, hats and racket gear on the hooks in the top lockers. Shoes, balls and ID cards can be kept in the bottom bins. (via Dysfunctional Design)


9. Mud Room: Have you ever wished each member of the family could have their own cubby to store their stuff? This six-section locker gives each person their own space and reduces clutter. The minty green looks great in this shiplap nook. Bonus: These lockers still have combination locks. (via HGTV)


10. Pool House: Have a pool house to decorate (or even a back porch)? You may not think of locker storage when you think of decor, but metal storage is waterproof! Store towels, hats, sunglasses and bathing suits in one place, so you’re not all scrambling to get dressed. Less time spent searching for lost items = more time left for pool partying. (via Finding Home Farms)


11. Playroom: Toy cleanup is easier when kids can reach too. These bright red lockers are numbered to keep things organized. The metal construction stands up to all the wear and tear kids want to give it. (via BHG)


12. Nursery: This modern nursery has vintage elements that make a personal statement. Lockers have been painted white so storage fades into the wall, giving toys and decor the opportunity to shine. Plus, the pink utility table makes a versatile crib-side table. (via Making Nice in the Midwest)

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