Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A new way to hang our keys

I got this idea from Jen over at Noting Grace. She is great and I LOVE the things she creates! Well, it inspired me to give it a try. I went to my favorite place in the whole world, Ikea, and checked out their "as-is" section. They have a bin full of mismatched cabinet doors that they sell at a pretty reasonable price. I picked one out for $3.50 and after getting the $1 hot dogs for lunch, we were on our way home!

After giving it a good sanding, I spray painted it with a coat of 0f heirloom white (seems to be a big winner out there on blog land). After it dried, I gave it a good sanding and then proceeded to try and put some words on the sucker.

You know, it's not as easy as it looks, creating stencils or tracings of any kind. I finally figured out that I needed to flip the page over, trace it with pencil, flip it back over and trace the original copy with a pen or something onto my cabinet door. It left a faint enough mark that I could paint over it.

I should have read Jen's little post again, she was smart and used a fabric marker. I was dumb and tried to use a tiny paint brush to fill in the words with a nice chocolate color. It took forever and I kept going outside of the lines! AUGH!

Finally I just gave up and sanded over everything to give it a kind of "weathered" look. (Sure, that was my whole intent the entire time! Let's say that). After the sanding was done, I applied a light stain and then attached some key hooks to the bottom of the sign. I thought it turned out pretty good, but was missing a little something. So, I went to an old stand-by, Kristine McKay Designs, which you might remember from this post. I printed up some tags, cut them out and used my distressing ink and twine (from the $1 store, yeah!) to attach them to the hooks. I thought it was cute! We'll see how long they last.

(And no, your eyes do not deceive you, my key hooks are slightly off center. Never try and attach anything when your kids are running around your feet. Ruins your concentration every time. I'm thinking of getting a little embellishment of some kind to put on the right side of it to sort of balance it out....I don't know....any thoughts?)

Linking to: Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville, The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thursdays,
Frugalicious Fridays

Life in the Pitts

Beyond The Picket Fence


  1. Very cute! I love the 'weathered' look!! :)

  2. looks great Meg!
    I am loving the new blog look too... did you create this yourself?
    Oh and the nest, yes! I am glad you liked your knick knacks!!


  3. Meg, that is so cute. I love it. I have also made a coat hook out of a large drawer front. Several years ago I spotted a leftover drawer front that was 30" wide & asked if I could have it. I then painted it black & purchased coat hooks from Lowes. It holds my purse & coat in my office at work! Great job on your project!

  4. I love it! So cute! You did a great job and I love the hooks. I bought the jar at a thrift store for $1. THanks for visiting.

  5. Great job!!! So creative! I am your newest follower!

  6. This is so pretty! And you know, you could always just add another hook...

    Thank you for linking up to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts.

  7. Very cool! I love the weathered look! It truned out great!

  8. Meg,

    That is so stinking cute! I LOVE that cabinet! I hope you will not mind if I share tomorrow on my blog? Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week! Hope you have had a chance to enter the giveaway.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  9. Just add another hook on the right
    Good job on the distressing - looks great!

  10. Thanks so much for linking up--this turned out wonderful and so personal.
    PS--Love your Robert Munsch art in your header!

  11. That is so cute - I love the addition of the hooks and I MUST copy those tags. So adorable!!!

  12. Love what you did. I like the distressed look.

  13. You were asking for thoughts, right? I'm not trying to be critical at all, I just had some ideas when I looked at this for anyone thinking of making one for themselves.

    I think because the cabinet door is so big the hooks should be spread out more, so they are not so close together. I also think the writing should be larger and centered. Because you have got that space on either side, something that would be cute, but not cheap, would be to get some keys like these from pottery barn:|4|1||10|keys||0&cm_src=SCH

    or real antique keys would be even better and use them to fill up the empty spaces.

    I like the look of the tags, but it seems like they would constantly be getting tangled up in your keys when you go to take them off the board.

    I can't believe how busy you have been with your crafts! I also didn't realize how many craft bloggers you know/follow. Maybe I should actually try to make something sometime. :)

  14. That is a really cute idea! Just add another hook and it will be all evened out!

  15. I love this idea, Meg! I never thought to look for cabinet doors {even while thrifting}. I really like the idea of personalizing it.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today! : )

  16. I think it looks just fine the way it is, you did a great job.

  17. Super, super cute!!
    Thank you for linking up with Hodgepodge Friday. Hope to see you again!

  18. I have absolutly NO IDEA why my URL says: COMUTE at the end...seriously?

  19. i agree just add another hook to even it out. things look better in odd numbers anyway IMO.


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