Monday, October 18, 2010

The finished locker cabinet

I was actually done with this before we left for vacation last week, but the baskets hadn't arrived yet and I didn't really want to post the finished product without the baskets installed. So, here it is!


The teal paint is called "aged mint" by Ralph Lauren. It's the same color as Callie's wrought iron bed and the frames on the artwork above her bed. I was originally planning to paint the cabinet the same white as our trim ("the right white" by Restoration Hardware) but got bored just thinking about it and decided to go for teal instead.

The cabinet is made out of solid pine with paneling on the back. I added eight inches to the height of the original plan (to accommodate the drawers) and took off about 15 inches in width. Each locker has two hooks on the inside, for hanging the girls' backpacks and lunch boxes. Callie's locker is on the left -- you can see her school calendar hanging in there. It is so great having everything in one place. The baskets hide Libbie's collars and leashes, our library books, and my purse and the drawers house our cell phones (plugged in for charging), extra keys, chapstick, sunblock, and sunglasses. Originally I hadn't planned to put hooks on the side for keys, but Scott insisted. Not so pretty, but very useful!

Here is what I learned from building my first piece of furniture: BUY STRAIGHT WOOD. Duh. Probably going to the hardware store without my children would help me accomplish that next time. Besides the crap wood which made it impossible to build a square cabinet, I'm very pleased with my first adventure in furniture building!

14 comments:

Ana White said...

Hillary, I love this! The color is so beautiful!

Jen Wescott said...

Wow Hillary! Just happened to check out your page. The cabinet is beautiful! I went to the website where you got the pattern and found a pattern for shelves that Sam and I are going to make for his room. Awesome job!

Jennifer

3boys247 said...

You are my hero. I love the cabinet, my favorite part is the teal paint. :)

Hillary said...

Thanks, Ana! I knew you would like the color. :)

And, Laura, I never would have thought of it as "teal" in my former life, but now I can't think of it as anything else. I have you to thank for that!!

Brook said...

LOVE it! Great color too!

Brooke said...

You did such a great job! That looks fantastic. I love that you modified it to make it your own. Super impressed right now.

jayma15 said...

Since you modified the plans, was it hard to follow? I have been dying to do this, but in a narrower format, since the space I have is only 46"

this is a stunning cabinet! I would never guess it was homemade!

Fantastic job!

~Sharon L.~ said...

Wowsers! I wish I had a place for one of these ;o)

Hillary said...

@jayma15, if you saw it in person, you might think it was homemade. :)

The plan was a little hard to follow, having modified it. It would have been super easy if I hadn't changed it. I messed up the crown a couple of times (calculated it too short the first time, was warped the second time). If you're good at math, it should be pretty easy. I'm not good at math.

I'm looking forward to making bookcases next. They won't be modified. :)

Kathy said...

LOVE the color!

I really want to paint a headboard that I'm doing right now this color, but I don't think my fiancee (for whom I'm making it) will love the color as much as I do! ;)

Great job!

Jenn said...

awesome job! i love the detail of the paneling in the back. The color is also very nice! What color are your walls?? I've been looking for a color like that, it looks great, especially with the teal next to it!

donnapokorny said...

I can't believe this is your first try at building something. I absolutely love what you've done. This would be so great for my little one. I should give this a try.

Hillary said...

Thanks! Jenn, the walls are Flax by Restoration Hardware. Donna, you should definitely give it a try!

Karen said...

Hillary - You did a GREAT job! Congrats! I am curious about the small drawers.... Did you make them as well, or were they premade??? I appreciate your time and your help! Take care!