Vote: Tack Locker Details

Time for a vote!  My 75% recycled materials tack locker is almost finished, and I am obsessing over the details.  (Part 1)  (Part 2)  Please note that in the below picture you have to use your imagination a little: the single piece of white wood trim at the top of the door will go all the way around the door, and the monogram is just taped up for demonstration purposes- it has a clear background, not a light blue background.


Does the handle make my tack locker look like:

A) A refrigerator (Thanks, husband)
B) A gun safe (Thanks, SprinklerBandits)
C) A classy tack locker that my trainer should be proud to have in the barn, hopefully, maybe...
D) Write-in vote

Should I:
A) Keep the handle
B) Get rid of it and do a small fingerhole handle on the right side of the door
C) Get rid of it and not have any handle

Not pictured are two stainless steel towel bars that I purchased to go on either side as handles to help in rolling it around (not that it will go anywhere once it's placed) + wet XC boot drying racks.  Do you think that is:
A) Really cool, do it!
B) Really cool, but that would look weird, don't do it.
C) Not worth it, you can just hang your wet boots on the pipe gate 20 feet away.

Thoughts?

34 comments:

  1. YES TO ALL THE HANDLES! I think they look nice and are handy.

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  2. Haha! I think I'm with Nick. That particular handle sorta makes it look like a fridge. What about a large cup-style pull instead?

    Yes to the towel bars! You could even re-purpose your handle as a small towel bar to hang a tack cleaning cloth off of. I hate having my tack cloth wet and on my stuff. Just make sure that hanging wet stuff near the sides won't damage the wood. Maybe wax the sides to prevent issues?

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    1. It's got three coats of polycrylic on it, so it's waterproof. They are actually towel bars that I purchased already, we're on the same wavelength.

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  3. The handle does kind of make it look like a kitchen cabinet... but I kind of like it, haha. It's classy and really functional so... I'd keep it.

    And the towel bars also sound SUPER useful. I'd go for those too!!

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  4. I think the handle is fine. I would probably end up hanging stuff on that too. Love the idea of towel rack. Make sure they won't rip out of the wall though if pulled on etc bc I've found if people can lean, pull, or hang on things they do. :)

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    1. They are command strip towel bars! So they can pull away. Good thought, though.

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  5. my interests are almost purely in utility, so i like the look of the handle but foresee getting strap goods tangled on it when you're walking away (i am *constantly* getting the bridles / martingales on my shoulder looped over door handles and hooks and whatever else is anywhere near me. however your mileage may vary)

    re: the extra racks and bars - i say go for it, again for the sake of utility! no one ever regrets some extra storage or hanging space :)

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    1. That's a fair point about getting stuff hooked on it. I think the handle is above my shoulder, though, and I only intend to store halters in there. My actual tack goes in the tack room. Thanks!

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  6. Keep the handle! Add more! You will hang things off it so often you wont regret!

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  7. Love the handle. LOVE the monogram. This whole thing is just fabulous.

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    1. I am so glad. I'm worried it's ostentatious or not professional looking or something.

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  8. I love all the handles and think they'll be useful!

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  9. I'd keep the handle too! Also, yay for towel bars for drying saddle pads and other random items. :)

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    1. No towel bars big enough to hold a saddle pad, sadly, but two dry pads can hang in the door.

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  10. I'm kind of with SprinklerBandits on this one... But it doesn't look bad at all! Just a wee bit gun safe-ish. But its the cutest gun safe I've ever seen :P I say keep the handles, and yes to little towel rack/handle type things. Nice job!!!

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    1. Thanks! Just look at today's picture if you think it looks like a gun safe, haha.

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  11. I like it! Keep it all. It's slick and classy.

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  12. Maybe the proportions - height of handle (love it!) + size of box make me think of fridges just a little bit (not familiar with gun lockers).

    Love the box, love the monogram and the side handles sound great too. It's a very streamlined and individual look. :D

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    1. I get that - it was a horizontal set of kitchen cabinets in a past life, so the proportions are strange. Thanks!

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  13. Im gonna have to side with you husband and say fridge, but I don't think I would have thought of that if you hadn't mentioned it. What about some sort of horse shoe handle? Honestly though, it's gorgeous and if you like it go with it! And yes on the towel racks! Super handy!

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    1. The horse shoe handle is a good idea, thanks!

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  14. Leave the handle, but be sure to put a few drinks inside (for those who think it's a fridge) and also a gun or two (for those who think it's gun safe). That way, all your bases are covered. ;)

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    1. I already left my reply to this comment on today's post. ;-)

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  15. I like the handles and think you will be happy you have them. I think it makes it look very classy :)

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  16. D. Kitchen Cabinet but I love it anyways and I like the background color on the monogram :P

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    1. It IS a kitchen cabinet, haha. So, spade a spade and all that. Thanks!

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  17. A) Refrigerator. I'll be the odd man out and say I like the idea of taking the handle off and doing the finger hole handle
    And I like the idea of the towel bars! :) It's turned out so pretty and cool looking!

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