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Monday, January 30, 2017

IKEA Hack: How to Turn a Bookcase into Lockers


It's been a couple weeks since I have shared a DIY project, but I'm back talking about tools, paint and hardware! Today, I'm sharing how I turned our 16 cubby IKEA Expedit bookcase into lockers (AKA a bookcase with doors).

In my dream world I would have a beautiful set of large lockers lining the wall of our basement.  The only problem is I couldn't find a set that I loved or justify giving away our perfectly useful bookcase. That's when I decided to give up the idea of lockers and turn our current bookcase into something that better fit the style and decor of our basement.  I took inspiration from my crate lockers and now all the toys are neatly tucked away behind beautiful closed doors. 
IKEA expedit bookcase turned lockers


Before I get to the lockers, let's take a look back at the basement progress so far.



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Since we don't have the proper saw at our house I sent my husband down to my favorite neighbors house (Mark, that's you) to cut the 4' x 4' underlayment into sixteen 13" x 13" squares.  Make sure to keep the leftover pieces for future projects.  The sizes are perfect for DIY signs!
Cut underlayment for locker doors

cut underlayment for locker doors
I wasn't sure if I wanted the doors to be stained or painted so I started off mixing a custom stain and applying a light coat to each door.
staining locker doors
I didn't like how the hardware blended in with the stained doors (you know I like contrast and there just wasn't enough), so I got out some leftover paint (Sherwin-Williams Pearly White) and painted two coats on the front and back of each door.
painting wood for locker doors
Since the paint I used was flat I applied a coat of water based poly to protect the doors and allow them to be wiped down.
supplies needed for locker doors
To make attaching the pulls easy I created a template with one of the leftover cut pieces of wood.  I traced the pulls, drilled holes for the hardware then laid the template on top all 16 doors to ensure all the pulls were even and centered.
making a template for the locker doors

Attaching hardware to locker doors
After I attached all 16 pulls I marked each door then glued the hardware to the doors.  (TIP: To help the glue adhere better sand the door and the hardware before applying glue) I would normally use screws, but since the doors were thin I used glue to avoid screw pops.
attaching hinges to locker doors
I allowed the glue and hinges to fully cure before pre drilling holes and attaching the doors to the bookcase.
attached doors on bookcase
The doors fit snug and stay closed, but I think I'll eventually add magnetic latches like I did for the crate lockers.  I was going to add vintage brass locker tags that I bought off Ebay, but they ended up being too small.   I ended up using my favorite aluminum numbers instead and I think they were a great addition.  For now they are attached with double sided tape until I find the perfect tacks/small nails.
Doors for bookcase turned locker
Labels will be added to each door as soon as I get all the toys organized.  #onethingatatime
how to turn a bookcase into lockers

Expedit bookcase tuend lockers

Ikea expedit/kallax bookase turned lockers

Turn a bookcase into gorgeous lockers
I can not even tell you all how much I love these lockers!  They completely transformed the basement and instantly made the space look neat and organized.  No longer do I have to stare at a wall of toys when I walk down the basement.  The kids still get to have all their books, toys and games and I get to have a gorgeous piece of furniture that I love.  That's a huge win! 
bookcase turned lockers before and after

IKEA Expedit bookcase tuned lockers





      

9 comments:

  1. I love it! It's such a simple fix yet looks absolutely amazing :)

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  2. It not only looks awesome but it also helps to hide any possible mess... love it so much! I'd love it you share it with us at our Sweet Inspiration link up party.

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  3. This is awesome!! Loving this and pinning it! I've been on the hunt for lockers as well, and I already have several Expedit bookcases, so this is perfect. Thanks for the tips!

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  4. Katie this looks so good. You've just given me a great idea for my son's room. I love the Expedit!

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  5. katie can i rent your basement ha ha this is such a cool way to hide the mess love it xx

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  6. This is the BEST hack I have seen so far, love it! bravo!

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  7. Love the hardware! Such a great idea!

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