Vintage Locker Look Closet Door

by Kathy
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I remodeled our main bathroom and wanted to do something special with the closet. I was inspired by some antique wooden lockers we saw online.

My inspiration piece.
  1. I started by removing the original doors and trim.
Our plain hollow core bifold doors.

In order to have something to attach the hinges to, I installed new 3/4 inch solid oak casing. I also used a piece of oak veneer plywood to divide the interior space in half.

The lighter board is dividing the space.

I constructed a frame to hold the 2 drawers on the bottom. In keeping with the vintage look I wanted, I made the drawers very simply, with no interior hardware.

I constructed 4 shaker style doors scaled to fit in my opening. I recommend referring to a DIY book for instructions. I installed pieces of the perforated sheet metal in the top panel. My flat panels are free floating to allow for expansion as this is in a bathroom. I added cross pieces to the back of the doors to prevent warping and add strength.

Cross pieces for added strength.

To create the illusion of having 4 separate lockers, I added a 1 inch wide piece of oak to the edge of doors 1 and 3. I also sawed a kerf along this piece.

To finish, I used an antique oil finish- with no color added. It really brought out the natural beauty of the wood. I I installed magnetic catches, brass handles, label holders, and numbers. I used the screws that came with each. To personalize, I printed my family's names on the computer in old fashioned script and put them in the label holders.

And ready for the close up!

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  • Jenn Cunningham Jenn Cunningham on Jan 10, 2019

    Did you adapt the old doors or construct new ones? Does it still open as a bifold set of doors?

  • LeeEllen Zahorsky LeeEllen Zahorsky on Jan 15, 2019

    Hello, I'm going to do this. Only thing is I don't understand how the drawers fit with the doors op3ning. Are they stationery ir are they attached to the doors. Anxiously awaiting the answer.


  • Cathe Ashcraft Cathe Ashcraft on Jan 17, 2019

    Are you a master carpenter/woodworker ?

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  • Vanessa Vanessa on Jan 27, 2019

    MAGNIFICENT!! I am going to find a carpenter to build this for me.

  • Lilly Lilly on Jan 31, 2019

    Love this idea. My husband and I just looked at your outcome and realized how our plain closet can fit in now, in our industrial look basement remodel. Thanks for the inspiration.