There is nothing to prevent the distraction of an industrial furniture at the end of its life and to modify the use of it. With a little patience and elbow grease, he will remarkably fulfill his new function in the bedroom or living room.
Chiner in flea markets (or see online classifieds sites) is the way to stand out from a standardized decoration and furnish its interior at a lower cost, especially when you like to restore the old objects. At the purchase price of the coveted furniture, it is necessary to add the cost of the repair and renovation products (the well-stocked products serve however several times).
The project can therefore be economical at first, and prove financially unattractive at the end of operations. It's all about budget, opportunities, fun to tinker...
All diversions are allowed!
The transformation can go as far as diverting the furniture for decorative purposes. Thus a bed can serve as a sofa, shutters shutters closet doors, a bedside table bar or, as here, a factory locker of storage furniture...
Designed for local communities and the industrial sector (in 1903 the employers had the obligation to provide a personal space for their workers), this type of collective metal locker is, of origin, very resistant to corrosion. There is a wide variety and it is not difficult today to find models in good condition.
The metal cabinet presented here is a two-leaf model, which appealed to new owners wishing to complete their collection of industrial furniture.
To maintain without all to redo
The locker room, however, suffered the aggression of time. Its corrosion protection has faded, the metal has oxidized under the action of moisture. The rust attacked the material, a slight repair (Sintofer, Rustol, Rubson-Frameto...) was needed.
After having brushed and cleaned the piece of furniture using an abrasive (medium to fine grain) and a degreasing agent (acetone), it is sufficient to apply an antirust and to fill the perforation present in the bottom of one of its compartments with a fibered mastic.
Since filling is important, the sealant filling is reinforced with a resin (mixed with a hardener) and a fiberglass fabric.
All that remains is to pass an undercoat (if necessary) and, after complete drying, to cover the furniture with a special iron finishing paint. But some specific finishing paints, like here, incorporate an antirust.
- Equipped with gloves, eliminate rust around the perforation with emery cloth (grain 80).
- It is also possible to use a sander.
- Clean with acetone.
- With a brush, generously coat the surface area by area with an antirust.
- The rusty parts turn black.
- Treat the entire locker room this way.
- Cut a piece of fiberglass fabric 5 cm wider than the opening.
- Effilocher its edges.
- Mix a dose of polyester resin with half a teaspoon of catalyst.
- Using a spatula, stir the mixture so that it is as homogeneous as possible.
- Once the preparation is mixed, bring a brush to spread it.
- Apply the resin to the previously cleaned area.
- Lay the fabric on the resin part and pat with a resin-laden brush to impregnate the fabric.
- Let dry 1 hour.
- The fabric hardened by the resin, apply a fiberglass putty (the hardener is provided) designed to seal the important holes on the metals.
- Spread generously with the spatula the fibered putty on and around the hole, but without extra thickness.
- Allow to dry, then smooth with emery cloth (80 grit).
- Repeat if necessary.
- Once the filling is complete, clean the cabinet with acetone and spray it with an aerosol finishing paint which, as here, does not require a previous underlay.
System Tips D
If some areas of the metal are stained, clean them by mixing soda lye (one tablespoon) with a standard glass of laundry in about 50cl of hot water. Rinse thoroughly.
If there is no painting, skate the metal cloakroom with a wax containing graphite, which preserves the metal against rust. Start by cleaning the support with acetone, then apply the wax to the cloth.