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.
Before I get to the lockers, let's take a look back at the basement progress so far.
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- 2 4'x4' 5mm underlayment
- Bookcase (I used an IKEA Expedit that has now been replaced with the Kallax)
- White Paint (or color of your choice)
- Water based poly (optional depending on type of paint you use)
- 16 Hinges
- 32 #6-32 x 1/2 screws
- 16 Bronze drawer label pulls
- 16 3 inch aluminum reflective numbers
- Drill bits
- Paint brush
- Dap Rapid Fuse Adhesive
I allowed the glue and hinges to fully cure before pre drilling holes and attaching the doors to the 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.
Labels will be added to each door as soon as I get all the toys organized. #onethingatatime
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!