In this tutorial I show you how to paint a metal locker the easy way.
This is a project that I’ve been putting off for over a year. I don't know why. Yes, I do. I was thinking about how hard it would be to brush paint. Then I came up with a plan, an easy plan.
The ombre painted metal locker is so pretty and the paint process was much easier than I expected. There was the inside and the outside and a bunch of shelves.....a lot of square footage there.
Ombre Painted Metal Locker Project
I told you the locker was pretty now. How do you like the ombre paint job? Ombre is the transition of paint from darker to lighter using colors in the same color family. This paint style seems to be sweeping the furniture world so I thought I would give it a try.
I bought the metal locker at a local thrift/flea market shop. I think I paid $30 for it but maybe a little less. The locker had been painted at least once. The color is what I call yucky brown.
The locker was full of shelves. The metal parts were rusty and crusty and there were shelves made of MDF that were not original to the locker.I cleaned the locker using the shop vac and Simple Green. I didn't remove all the rust and crust. I'm just going to paint over it.
Can you imagine trying to paint all of those shelves and bottom sides of the shelves and all those corners with a paint brush. I can and it's not something I want to do.
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I have this handy dandy paint sprayer from HomeRight. It's the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer and it can be used for any home paint projects. Using a paint sprayer is the only way to go for projects like this locker.
The process is easy. Just fill the paint container with paint (may need to thin it with water), hook the hose to the paint gun and base, plug it in and go to town.
I'm sorry there are not more photos of me painting the locker. The only photo of the process was taken by the JTS. He happened to be around for a bit and snapped a shot.
It's hard to take photos and use the paint sprayer at the same time. It's too much trouble to set up the camera and tripod. My neighbors already think I'm nuts. They would really get a kick out of the camera on the tripod clicking away taking photos of me in my element.
I used the Finish Max paint sprayer to apply sealer. This is great because I hate brushing on sealer, always have brush marks. See the project here...Apply Clear Sealer With A Paint Sprayer.
We used the handy dandy sprayer to paint our louvered closet doors and it made the job so much easier. I made a short video of the hubby spraying the doors. See it below....
How To Paint Louvered Doors The Easy Way
This is how the applied the paint with the paint sprayer to get the ombre look......I applied one coat of gray primer (my favorite Glidden Gripper) then one coat of white paint. Next I mixed a little blue paint in with the white paint and sprayed the lower two thirds of the locker.
At this point the upper third or so of the locker was white paint and the bottom two thirds of the locker was medium blue. Now to apply the final color to the bottom one third of the locker. I mixed more blue paint with the medium blue paint to make a darker blue. Then I sprayed the bottom one third kind of willy nilly.
I only applied one coat of each color. Each coat took about 10 minutes to spray on…inside and out…so easy! I’m thinking about all the bright colors and fun designs I could make……maybe another locker one of these days. Have to find one first.
The locker was dark and drab and I wanted it to look light and airy so I gave it a sky/cloud affect. The JTS put casters on the locker right after I brought it home....don't know where those pics are!
It's fun to do something unique and outside of the box every once in a while. I'm loving the look. What do you guys think. Leave me a note. Don't forget to bookmark or pin this post for later reference. Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
The fine finish sprayer is no longer available. I use the HomeRight Finish Max for my projects now. You can find it on the Petticoat Junktion Amazon Page here.