How to Paint Metal Lockers


Painting a salvaged set of metal lockers is easier than you may think!


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


Okay, let me start of by saying EASY doesn't mean it's not time consuming, because this project definitely takes some patience as you take each step. It will take several days to complete.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


I rescued two sets of metal lockers from storage for FREE!
But they were filthy and a little rusty in spots so the first thing I had to do was clean them. I used TSP mineral spirits to wipe them down.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


Then, I used a metal bit in my drill to remove as much rust as I could.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


Then, we removed the top six doors, simply because that's the look we wanted.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


Next, I used Rustoleum over the spots that were still a little rusty.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas




how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


To paint, I used FolkArt chalk paint and a Homeright sprayer.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


This sprayer was a lifesaver and got in all the nooks and crannies.
They took two coats of chalk paint.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


The last thing I did was coat the lockers with several coats of clear polycrylic sealer. I did this by hand and with a brush, simply because it was raining outside for days so I didn't use my power sprayer.


how to paint metal lockers, how to, storage ideas


These have been in my sons room for about 2 months now, and I've had very very minimal wear. There's a few spots that something hefty hit the paint and left a scratch or two, but very little.

These lockers look amazing!

Suggested materials:

  • Chalk paint
  • HomeRight power sprayer
  • Rustoleum
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