Wednesday, February 18, 2009

powder coating is your friend. . . really!

Like any family with a bunch of kids, actually like anyone, we here at fergusandme need Storage, with a capital S.  Throw in a house built in 1969, with teeny tiny closets, and you'll understand the problem.  So, we're always on the lookout for storage solutions, and this is one of our favorites.  It's a simple set of old school lockers, adeptly sprayed in a fetching shade of blue by our local auto body shop.  And the bonus? It's magnetic, so kiddo's homemade felt flower magnets work really well for hanging reminder notes, a handy feature since the lockers are used to store shoes, coats, backpacks, and soccer cleats, right by the back door.  So keep your eye out for lockers in consignment shops, salvage yards, junk shops, and where businesses are closing :(  Your favorite auto body shop can spray or powder coat your "Storage" very reasonably.  Two things you should know: first, spraying gives a finish that is a little less pristine and perfect, but is available in thousands of colors.  Powder coating is a little bit more durable and even, but is available in a limited swatch of colors.  Either way, you'll get a finished piece that makes great, glossy, inexpensive storage -- and it's recycled!
P.S. Don't forget to take off any hardware or metal labels before powder coating, and put them back after. These add a charming authentic touch to your pieces.  Please watch for more metal salvage items in future posts! 

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