Industrial School Locker

I’ve mentioned previously my slightly obsessive adoration for industrial home accents and now here’s a little industrial style project of my very own!

I know, probably not to everyone’s taste (and certainly much too cool to fit in at my little cottage) though I love the eclectic edge and character items like this can bring to a space.

Here it is before:

I left the patina in pretty much original condition – which, for pieces like this, really is the essence of their appeal, all that banged-up and rusted metal telling the proud story of a former life.
I stencilled the retro typographics for that little eye-catching point of distinction.
With no-where for this piece to live at my place it was recently sold by auction on eBay.
So, with my retro locker now in someone else’s house, I was still languishing for an industrial ‘something’ for my own home when yesterday I came across this little beauty:
Eeek! Squeel! An absolutely adorable vintage card file cabinet. And now it’s mine!
Currently sitting in quite a precarious and inappropriate position on an inadequate little side table in our study/junk room, it just needs a bit of a tidy up and then I have plans to modify it for use as a re-purposed table of sorts in my up-coming living room re-do (oh yeah, more on that to come soon!).
The timber’s actually quite a bit darker than depicted and just oozes time-worn charm. It’s complete with all of the original escutcheons and locks.
Yes, I think I’m in love – again!

  1. Shaunna says:

    Oh, I love the cabinet!! I love those old card catalog cabinets…I just came across on old metal filing cabinet like I’d never seen, so of course, I snagged it up. Congrats on your find…love the locker, too! -shaunna :)

  2. Tina says:

    Oh I love your locker but I LOVE your card filing cabinet more!! Eeek you lucky lady! I am so happy this gorgeous piece has found such a fabulous new home with you – please note I am so envious:) Enjoy! ~ Tina x

  3. Kerry says:

    You are very clever…doing up the locker and finding that amazing card file as well! The decorating goddesses are clearly on your side Kristine! I’m with Tina…jealous as all get out!!

  4. chair up says:

    0.99c starting bid on ebay….don’t suppose you post to Queensland;o)
    You are right, this is too cool for school!

  5. Anna says:

    Fantastic job Kristine…gold star for you honey!! it!

  6. It’s great! You will sell that in no time. And I love the little file cabinet that you found. Yesterday on our local craigslist, I saw a fabulous, large library card catalog. They only wanted $150 (USA) dollars for it. Alas, I have no place for it, but some scrapbooker or hobbyist will scoop it up for sure. I love all your photos!

  7. Wow I can’t wait to see what you do with this one :D Good luck with ebay!

    Gemma X

  8. The locker is awesome! And the card catalog is something that’s been on my wish list forever! I like infusing a little industrial charm into my home, too. It feels so homey to me!

  9. Andrea says:

    I love it!!!
    I have also wanted a fan like that for years!

  10. Nancy says:

    Such cool pieces! That card file is awesome!!


  11. Great pieces. I just hopped around your blog and you are very talented. 19 posts and over 100+ followers…you are doing great!

    Have a great day!

  12. Hi Kristine,
    Thank you so much for finding me :) I have a locker sitting here that I have been wanting to photograph and sell online also…different to yours but absolutely love Industrial furniture and what you’ve done here with this one :)
    PS What a great blog you have

  13. Wow! Great pieces. Will it be tough to say goodbye to the locker?

  14. I LOVE this locker! I know I would be pround to have it in my house…but like you…no place :( Truly beautiful though! Two thumbs up from me!

  15. The Zhush says:

    I love what you made/selling and I really adore what you found/keeping!

  16. I love that card file cabinet! Looks like something straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog! Thanks for linking up to our first Anything Related Party!!! Hope to see you back next week!

  17. Sandra says:

    Oh that is so cool I just love it. Visiting from All Thingz Related.

  18. Debbie says:

    I love stuff like this!~ Anything unique and cool is up my alley!~ Thanks for stopping by…your new blog is awesome! We are all so different and unique and that is what makes blogging fun!~ Do come again:)!~

  19. White Cabana says:

    Great locker…if only I lived in Oz!

  20. thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could find my way to yours!

    I’ll be back…now a happy follower!!

  21. Tara, that’s funny! I on-sell a lot of the pieces I refurbish so generally take some time making sure the photos look nice.

  22. Both pieces are awesome. That metal locker is an amazing piece and must be hard to get rid of, but I know how that is. Your new industrial piece is a stunner!

  23. pinar says:

    they are awesome.. both the locker and the new ones =9

    enjoy your weekend..

  24. Oh my goodness, the locker was such a great color! Having to sell it must have been hard. Not sure how you shipped it! The little card file is so great. I remember using those, eek!

  25. Amy Kinser says:

    Love this locker. So great.

    Partying with you tonight.

  26. I love that card catalog!!! I would love to have one just like it..or two..or three..

  27. I have a card catalog that I organize stuff in…the cards are the C drawer, the dominoes are in the D drawer, etc. Such fun for my granddaughter to sort through, pull everything out of, spread all over the floor in front of. But I LOVE it.

  28. I’ve used an old library card catalog as a coffee table for years. They are fun.

  29. Andew Liu says:

    i love the idea of this article especially the cabinet, thanks for sharing the idea.

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