Locker cabinet - sort of

Submitted by lbadger on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 18:14

I've spent many evenings sitting on the couch looking through Ana's site... I finally made the Stratton storage daybed for my daughter. Then whipped up some industrial chic reclaimed wood shelves, then I had some scraps. We needed something smallish in our mudroom for the kids stuff. I took a lot of liberties with this plan (mainly just getting the idea of the thing and how to pull it off from all of Ana's great plans and users brag posts). I made this little coat/hat/boot/etc. locker for the girls. The really fun part was the backing - it was just 1/4" plywood and I wasn't sure how coat hook screws would hold up in that. So with some of the leftover 1/4 ply I cut out some flower shapes and put shaker pegs in them (ala Land of Nod "Flower Hang Ups"). The girls got to pick their paint colors and paint the flowers. It was a really fun project. Again, Ana, thank you SOOO much for keeping up this site!

Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Scraps - 3/4" and 1/4" plywood, plus some 1x4 and an old 2x10 scrap for the top.
Finish Used
This was really fun! I had an old naturally aged board for the top. I wanted the inside of the cabinet to match it. I found a tip on-line that you can "paint" a board first with tea (any black tea), when it dries "paint" it again with white vinegar that has soaked overnight with some rusty nails. When you do this the wood magically turns a soft gray like weathered wood. Pretty cool to watch. I then did some sanding, rubbed in some wood ash paste, coffee ground paste, did some more sanding until I got a rustic'ish look I was happy with. Then the girls and I did a light/dry coat of some blue and green Ben Moore paint we had laying around for the cubbies. Topcoat with minwax poly spray - not sure I would do that again, probably stick with the paint on stuff.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner