Custom Bookcase with Vintage Lockers and Wire Baskets

August 12th, 2015 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
15 users recommend

It all started with a vintage horizontal locker row.  The framing was easy around the whole piece.  Figuring out what to do from there was the part that slowed me down.  Once I had a plan, off I went.  I had a good bit of wood left over from other projects so I used that up. The grooved plywood sheets really got me excited because I knew I could go to town with some custom painting, distressing and aging.  Some remnant trim up top caps things off.  I spent a lot of time sanding and distressing the whole piece as, I hope, you can tell. A lot more of the functionality came in with the lockers at the bottom and the large wire baskets fiting snugly into their own squares.  I crafted some custom metal slats as guides and slide protectors under each wire basket.  That way it protects the wood from scratches. Some heavy-duty metal casters keep this whole piece off the ground and rolling for convenience. MEASUREMENTS:  84" high; 53" wide; 19" deep.  More details here:

Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian of
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Comments (8)

Ketsey writes: I like your combinations of material, new, old, salvaged and colors. Amazing workmanship. Posted: 2:00 pm on September 3rd
CottageElements writes: Be still my heart! I LOVE anything with cubbies or baskets. I want this!! :-)

Lani Posted: 10:13 am on October 27th
TinTinJunkFan writes: Oh wow, this is wonderful. You have such an eye for taking something that is already cool by itself, tweaking it with your creativity and turning it into something unique and magnificent! Posted: 10:01 am on October 15th
bigdogmom1960 writes: I made one of these as well, with the help of my husband! Great form and function as well as a home for my myriad of locker baskets. Love your color choice! Posted: 1:03 pm on October 10th
JunkArchitect writes: Perfect storage piece for a mudroom. And the finish...WoW!!! There no way to do authentic looking distressing takes time. I've spent longer on some finishes than it took me to build the entire piece.


Posted: 4:03 pm on October 7th
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, that is fabulous! Beautiful, functional, and different. And I'm glad you put it on casters. In my ideal world, everything will have rollers, because they make life soooooo much easier. Posted: 9:35 am on October 7th
suziart writes: I agree with Georgia...! Would love to have one like this. Your sanding and distressing paid off!! Looks fabulous!


Posted: 8:39 am on October 7th
georgiamoon writes: LOVE, love, love this. What a great storage piece for an entry way or mud room. Really fantastic job as usual!
Georgia Posted: 7:25 am on October 7th
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