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My first build!

March 9, 2011 |
posted by hillarylouise
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My first build!
My first build!
My first build!
About This Project

This locker cabinet was my first build and I learned a ton. For example:

1. Use the Kreg face clamps while drilling into the Kreg Jr.
2. Buy straight wood.
3. Buy wood that is not warped.
4. Do not try to buy wood with grouchy kids in tow.

Are you seeing a theme? Yep, your project will only be as square and perfect as the wood you buy.

I modified the locker plan to include apothecary-style drawers for our cell phones, sunglasses and chapstick. I also drilled through the back of one of the drawers to turn it into a charging station for our cell phones.

The locker has been super useful so far and is such a great way to keep my kids' backpacks and lunchboxes organized. The baskets are designated for my purse, stuff I need to return to stores, the dog's leashes, and library books. It's so nice to have all this stuff near the front door and never wonder where any of it is!

Estimated Cost: 
$100
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Type of Wood: 
I used whitewood. Next time I would choose something straighter and smoother.
Finish Used: 
Ralph Lauren "Aged Mint" in flat. Distressed and coated with Minwax Polycrylic in satin.
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brookifer86's picture

I love this

Love the color, love the modifications, love that it's also a charging station! So pretty, you did a great job!

posted by brookifer86 | on Wed, 2011-03-09 13:36

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posted by josefsmith | on Thu, 2013-02-28 08:17
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Hillary - beautiful. I love

Hillary - beautiful. I love seeing others take Ana's plans and modify them to fit the space and needs. It's one thing to build straight from the plans but it's a whole other level once you start modifying sizes and combining plans. Job well done. Love it.

Jaime
www.thatsmyletter.blogspot.com

posted by jaimecostiglio | on Wed, 2011-03-09 17:37
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Ana White's picture

Can I order one!

Hillary, you are going to be a busy lady! I can see it already! Beautiful!

posted by Ana White | on Wed, 2011-03-09 17:41
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hillarylouise's picture

Ha!

I already am busy. :)

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posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2011-03-09 18:20
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mommy2ella's picture

I love this!!

I love this!!

posted by mommy2ella | on Wed, 2011-03-09 21:52
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juriona's picture

Fantastic!!

I absolutely LOVE this! The modifications are awesome, and your color choice is to dye for. So cute!!

posted by juriona | on Thu, 2011-03-10 13:45

Perfect!

This is just what I need! Our 'launching pad' is a main hallway with stairs and doorways in it. I have something in there now, but it isn't working out. Is there a possibility that you would post some measurements? Thanks!

posted by Amanda H. (not verified) | on Thu, 2011-03-10 18:15
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Measurements.

Hey, Amanda. Sure -- I just altered the plan to fit my space and to include the drawers. It took a little figuring out and I threw out the paper when I was done, so I don't have perfect dimensions for you, but here's what I've got: it is 26.75"w x 76"t overall. The drawer spaces are about 5.25"w x 7"t. The top basket space is 13"t and the bottom one is 10.5"t. The lockers are 12.25"w x 36.5"t.

I hope that helps a bit!

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posted by hillarylouise | on Thu, 2011-03-10 19:03
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Just Lovely!

This is really lovely - can't believe this is your first build! Love the drawers and REALLY love the idea of using it as a charging station. I've yet to get the guts up to try my first project, so you're my new hero! Have a great weekend!!!

The road to success is always under construction.

posted by ACraftyCauldron | on Fri, 2011-03-11 07:14
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Wow!

This is really pretty! I love the color! I love the beadboard backing, gives it lots of character. Great job!

Kelly
www.steveandkellyhurt.blogspot.com

posted by kellyh88 | on Fri, 2011-03-11 11:33

Hillary, this is so cute. I

Hillary, this is so cute. I was wondering if you could share what you used for the backing of the lockers.

posted by Sylvia (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-03-12 09:31
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Backing

The backing is just cheap MDF paneling from Lowe's.

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posted by hillarylouise | on Sat, 2011-03-12 10:32
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Great paneling idea!

Cool!  I love the paneling and color, also.  Wish I had space for one!  :-)

Jenny

posted by Jenny Anne | on Wed, 2011-03-16 21:26
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Love it!

Your locker modification is just too cute and very inspiring. Good work!

posted by PinkPixieStix | on Fri, 2011-04-01 18:53

Love it!! (and your floors too!)

Love the locker! Also, what kind of hardwoods do you have?  I absolutely love the color variation!!

posted by tsrobinson (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-04-05 14:20
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Hardwood floors

Thanks! Our hardwood floors are birch. I was looking for lots of color variation and found these for about $4.50/ft at Stone Mtn Flooring. Lower grade wood seems to have more variation. There was a lot of waste -- lots of pieces with messed up edges and knots all the way through that our installer wouldn't use, but it turned out great. We've got about 1600 sq feet of it. One thing we've learned, though, is that birch is relatively soft and dents easily. Luckily, with all the color variation, the dents/dings are tough to see!

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posted by hillarylouise | on Tue, 2011-04-05 15:52

Birch Hardwood Flooring

True it is Birch is on the soft side, yet the canadian varieties, are a bit better in strength. Personally I love the variations between the dark "softwoods" and the real light "hardwood" part of the tree. And yes the cheaper you go, more of the tree is used, good bad, ugly, shorts...That's what you call Character. Las but not least i absolutely love Red Birch. In a class of its own The grain is so superb, transparent, and see through. A beauty.

posted by Stefano (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-11-19 10:13

Birch Hardwood Flooring

True it is Birch is on the soft side, yet the canadian varieties, are a bit better in strength. Personally I love the variations between the dark "softwoods" and the real light "hardwood" part of the tree. And yes the cheaper you go, more of the tree is used, good bad, ugly, shorts...That's what you call Character. Las but not least i absolutely love Red Birch. In a class of its own The grain is so superb, transparent, and see through. A beauty.

posted by Stefano (not verified) | on Mon, 2012-11-19 10:15
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Great Job!

It looks amazing! What you have learned #4 so true! :)

posted by mom24boyz | on Thu, 2011-06-23 09:22

would backpacks fit neatly?

would backpacks fit neatly?

posted by velma (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-10-11 22:07

backpacks

Yep, my girls' backpacks fit fine. They are about the same width as the lockers are deep.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-10-11 22:43

I was curious if the drawers

I was curious if the drawers were premade/purchased or did u make those too. My husband kind of squirmed when i showed him yours vs the plans& thinks thw drawers are too tough. Love him dearly but he has issues with just trusting me when i say its for beginners.. Trust me!:)

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-11-16 20:02
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drawers

I'm so sorry...I thought I responded a long time ago but it must not have gone through! Yes, I made the drawers. They were super simple. I just kind of made them up as I went and put them together using the easiest means possible -- glue and nail gun. They are really solid. If you want more info, I can take a photo of them up close and send it to you. I promise, it isn't rocket science! You guys can definitely do it.

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posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2012-02-29 15:47

Drawers

I want to see more pics of the drawers. I'd love to build one -- or more! -- of these for my new art studio but I'm a little intimidated by the drawers. Thanks!

posted by Cindy Jones Lantier (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-09 02:33

drawers

Ana has plans for the unit, including the drawers, here: http://ana-white.com/2011/12/plans/hillary039s-locker-cabinet-charging-c...

I just took some close-ups of one drawer. Send me a message with your email address and I'll email them to you if you need more help.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-09 12:02

drawers

Ana's plans for this piece include drawer instructions. Check the plans out here: http://ana-white.com/2011/12/plans/hillary039s-locker-cabinet-charging-c...

If you need more help, message me and I'll email you close up photos of a drawer.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-09 12:04

tall interior gate for high jumping dog

Any ideas for making tall gate/doors for a high jumping dog. Have several open "doorways" without molding and odd widths and heights. Have considered bi-fold doors but standard size does not fit odd doorway sizes. At wits end with the dog all over the house. Help please!

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-03-09 20:20

Beginner projects

I built furniture and cabinets for a living for many years. The biggest problem one will encounter when using "white wood" (not a real kind of wood) and shelving board from home improvement stores is the random moisture content of individual pieces. Some may have been in the climate controlled store more months and some only a few days. Joining wood with varying levels of moisture is begging for problems! A trick I learned from an old timer is to place your palm on each board and try to buy ones that seem to be the same temperature. His rule of thumb was that the cooler the board was to the touch, the higher the moisture content was. I love the cabinet you built and I hope you are now bitten with the woodworking bug!

posted by Ande (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-03-18 11:48

white wood

Yep, I've noticed that! It also seems like the weight of the board gives some clue. It's a pain in the butt to work with this stuff, but it gives the piece great character. :)

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sun, 2012-03-18 20:19

So beautyful!

Just stopped the first time at your site and love it too! So many great ideas - so less time ;) I will come over again.

posted by Ladyvanilla (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-06-29 04:26

paint

Where do you buy Ralph Lauren paint??

posted by Guestsusan (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-07 20:04

RL Paint

Home Depot used to sell it. I'm not sure whether or not they still do.

posted by Hillary (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-07-07 20:15

Depth

Wondering the depth measurement on this? I'd be sneaking it behind a front door but itd be parallel to the door when it is opened so a depth measurement is pretty crucial for me. I absolutely love it and the styling.

posted by Jaime Mutz (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-09-07 06:05
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depth

It's 12" deep. You could go shallower with 1x10s, but I don't think backpacks would fit.

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posted by hillarylouise | on Fri, 2012-09-07 08:23

So Impressed

I am beyond words with all of this. My grandfather is a woodworker and has made a multitude of pieces over the years that are amazingly beautiful. I've always wanted to be able to do something myself, and for the first time, I'm inspired to try. I have a set of counters in new home that will work perfect for the laundry basket idea and I can't wait to do it! My new husband thinks I"m crazy, but he is totally going to come home one day next week and find me building away in the garage. Also, I'm buying your book tonight on my kindle. I love your ideas and I'm inspired beyond anything could have imagined. Thank you.

posted by footerac (not verified) | on Fri, 2012-11-09 21:42

Taking in consideration that

Taking in consideration that this is your first build, it looks great. I'm also thinking about making some custom stairs at my home.

posted by milkyway | on Sun, 2012-11-25 06:35

Modification Question

In your modification of the original plan from 3 cubbies to 4, it looks like you extended the height of the divider below the cubbies to come up into the drawer area - thus ensuring the straight connection. Am I correct in this assumption or are my eyes playing tricks on me? In other words, is the divider in the middle of the drawers one piece with the divider below the drawers? Hope that makes sense. Let me know if I need to rephrase my question for clarity.

posted by Risikio (not verified) | on Mon, 2013-01-14 02:45

Very nice locker cabinet. I

Very nice locker cabinet. I am an expert in interior design and I must admit that it's very good for beginning. Just keep on he good work.

posted by milkyway | on Mon, 2013-01-21 14:15

Wow...Love this sight and

Wow...Love this sight and inspirations...

posted by Julie Lorenz (not verified) | on Mon, 2013-01-21 20:39

That locker cabinet looks

That locker cabinet looks very nice, you really did a great job. I worked with wood at flooring Tucson for 3 years so I can definitely tell if that cabinet is well made or not.

posted by milkyway | on Thu, 2013-02-28 12:17

Very nice looking locker

Very nice looking locker cabinet, the first step at doing something new is never easy but once you try your hand at it, it gives you a world of confidence. All I'd like to say is great job Ana, just keep it going.

James
@ miami mold removal

posted by jcarter | on Thu, 2013-03-28 20:16

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posted by passionlab | on Wed, 2013-04-03 14:00

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posted by passionlab | on Tue, 2013-04-16 06:41

I used whitewood. Next time I

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great Job

Good job Hillary! The finishing is excellent. The locker plan is what made me turn my attention towards this blog. I am building one of these right away. The color you used is also super cool. Thank you. sony support laptop

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