Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Where Are My Keys?

Keys KEYS.....where are my keys????? Sound familiar?  It sure is a common sound here.  Mostly me.  Hopefully I have come up with a solution......well if I put my keys on it when I come home.....that's the solution.  Anyways, I actually saw this on a great blog:

 and instantly fell in love with it.  I knew if I had one, that I would never yell "Keys" again.  They would always be there because something so beautiful would put my keys in a trance, and they would be drawn to the hook.  Yes!  That sounds right.  So I went to my scrap wood again, and found some OSB.   Man I am going to run out of scraps with all these Use Em Up projects.  Check this one out....  Champagne Chicken Scraps.   I snuck outside cuz hubby was sick and I felt bad for leaving him in the house alone...... and started to cut up some wood.

I fired up the sander and sanded and sanded and sanded.  I got my trusty glue and clamps and went to work.


Back into the house and hubby didn't even know I was gone.  Sleep is a powerful thing.  I laid out my plastic and painted it pretty with some homemade chalk paint.  You can see that project if you CLICK HERE!... I think I put on 3 coats.  This picture shows the first coat.

  I let it dry for about an hour and then quietly tiptoed out to the shop again. 
I sanded the edges......OH busted....Hubby came out to see what I was up to.....Poor guy.
  Back into the house for us.  I used my antique medium that I don't really care for and some carnauba wax.  I didn`t really mind it this time, but I think I will still get some burnt umber oil paint for next time.

 Next step was to gather up my key supplies.  I have been thinking about this for about  months, so I was on the hunt.   I found my first prey at Michael's;  the keys.  They only had three left so I bought them all.  They were $1.50 each.  I attached them with epoxy.

 I printed some numbers from my word program on the computer and cut them to fit behind my tags.

  I glued them onto the back of some tags I found at the dollar store. I used four packages " $1.00 each.

  The cup hooks were purchased at Home Depot and cost $3.60 for all.   I had to paint them cuz the brass was too shiny.  

 That was my total cost.  $12.10  The wood was scrap and the wax and paint were from other projects.   I assembled everything

 and this is what I ended up with.  I am pretty happy with it, although it was very different from my inspiration key rack .   I found a stud in the  haha... a wooden stud and measured and screwed  my new key holder to the wall.    Lets see if it works and puts my keys into a deep trance.

 I am going to attach 2 more keys to the top....when I find them.....AAAHHHH ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MY KEYS.

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  1. I LOVE this project. You did a great job working on it and showing it to us. Thank you for sharing!! I'm always misplacing keys that or my cat sneaks off with them. (shhhh...we don't tell her she's a cat...she thinks she's human..LOL)

    I so enjoyed your visit with me over at the old Southern Ooaks...I'm so happy that you will be coming back for more visits. I know that I will be coming to visit you quite often. (new follower too)


  2. Great idea, Karen!! You know your way around power tools!!

  3. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  4. Oh I absolutely LOVE this!!!


  5. Cute!! I am forever loosing keys! I need to do this!

    Thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting from Crazy Cute Thur Linky Party today,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

  6. Always losing my keys--fab idea, and pretty, too!

  7. What a fabulous and functional piece!

  8. Great idea and it looks super col. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thanks for all your wonderful comments. I wasn't sure about this project, but we did need a new key hanger as our old one was just not cutting it. It is functionable, but I believe I need to do something else with it. If I do, I will reblog it! But thanks for your encouragement!

  10. Great project and major score on those skeleton keys!

  11. I love it. Great project! I am a new follower. Hope you can drop by and visit my blog and follow along too!

  12. Hi Feral Turtle! this is super cool. Now I am thinking of doing the same thing. thanks for sharing. till then my friend!

  13. Cool!! I love the old keys at the top. Thanks for the shout out!

  14. I featured this post today on my blog! Come check it out! ;D


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