My girls have lots of "treasures" that they just have to keep and love to collect. Where do they like to keep them? Oh, you know...right on their dressers. In plain sight. Where I stare at and loathe them every time I walk by--but bite my tongue because I don't want to be the mean mom that gets rid of their most prized possessions!
I have seen some lockers being used as storage or bookshelves and decided to stalk Craigslist (for months) until I finally scored this battered set for $10! YAY!!
It took some hammering and twisting and tweaking to get all the doors to finally hang right and actually shut properly, but I finally got it functioning. THEN that dark purple and yellow paint job had to go. I chose white, and that wasn't the smartest decision I've ever made, but I wasn't sure exactly what colors I was going to do in the room and didn't want to be married to any particular spray paint color. White seemed like a good alternative, but it took two cans of primer and another two and a half cans of white lacquer spray paint! I also had to let it dry for about 2 weeks because the smell was SO strong, and I didn't want it in their room until it had aired out a bit.
But I feel like it's a beautiful compromise to our clutter situation. The kids now feel like they have a special, secret place to hide their trinkets and treasures, and I don't feel like a mean mom for making them get rid of them (but my OCD side is happy their dressers are now clutter-free).
We painted some frames and added magnets to the back of them to give the lockers a little color and life, and the girls couldn't be happier!