Hey Friends, I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is I ran into a few roadblocks when finishing up the room I planned to show off today. :( The good news is I've got a great mini makeover and painting tip to share with you today!
I bought these lockers a while ago. At the time I didn't know exactly how I would use them, but I knew they would make for great concealed storage.
Well, I finally decided how we would use them. This piece will act as a pantry in our kitchen area. The maroon would work for some spaces, but not for ours. So, I decided to paint the piece. Here's where I ran into a problem. The big box stores only offer spray paint in a minimum amount of colors, none of which I wanted for my lockers. Luckily Spectrum Paint saved the day!!
Did you know that you can pick any Benjamin Moore, Pittsburg, or Glidden paint color and Spectrum can put it into a spray can for you!?
Spraying is the only way to go when you want a nice smooth finish, so I was ecstatic when I found out Spectrum offered this service! Not only can you choose any paint color, you can pick different paint types as well- water based, oil based, paint specifically for metal, and more!
I chose to go with an oil based paint in the Boca Raton and Beach Glass colors. Let's look at the before and after. . .
The Spectrum folks recommended that I use a fine grit sandpaper to rough up the surface a bit before the painting. I have a secret. . . I hate sanding, so I skipped that step. :/ Don't tell! I've been painting for a while, so I was pretty certain the oil based paint would stay put without sanding on this particular piece. I did a test area on the back of the piece to confirm my assumption and then I got to spraying!
I wanted to go with a two toned look for the piece. I used the Boca Raton on the outside of the lockers and the Beach Glass color on the inside of the shelves. After I finished the project I wised I would have gone a bit bolder with the inside color. I think a Kelly Green would have been fun. But I'm going bold in a lot of other places, so the tranquil Beach Glass is good. :)
In the future, we have plans to weld a base for the lockers that will bring them off the ground about a foot. Behind the lockers, there will be a wall that separates the entry area from our kitchen space. There is still a lot to do, but we're knocking it out one project at a time!
PS- Spectrum Paint can also put any paint you already have into a spray can. You just need 2 ounces! Two ounces will fill a whole can and possibly do a whole project! Spectrum charges $9 for this service. Find a Spectrum location close to you right here. So, what are you going to spray?!