Framed Vintage Key Display

  Happy Wednesday everyone!

How has your week been going? My son decided he wanted to do something different with his bedroom, including rearranging his furniture and adding a different paint colour to his walls. You know how I love a makeover! And this one was well overdue. So we have been busy painting and redecorating.  Stay tuned for the big reveal. 😊

I have small project to share with you today that I completed this week. It was another one of those trial and error attempts. I had a bunch of vintage clock and door lock keys stashed in a drawer that I have been wanting to display somehow/somewhere for a while now. 

So I came up with this framed vintage key display!

I started out with an old photo frame. I removed the inserts.

And then took out the metal clips on the back with the pliers. They were tough little buggers. 😠

I also had a few planks of wood that had been joined together for another project which I decided to use as backing. So I marked out the length of my frame and cut the planks to fit. The width was fine already. 

To attached them together, first I covered the back of the frame with wood glue, then screwed through the existing holes on the old planks. 

Where I wanted to add more screws, I pre-drilled first.  (Always a good idea with pine so it doesn't split.)

While I was drilling and screwing, I attached a metal wire so I could hang my display on the wall. 

I decided to use my own chalk paint mixture (grout and flat white paint) to paint the entire piece. 

Then I lightly distressed the edges of the frame with a sanding block. 

I worked out where and how I wanted my keys positioned and then glued them on with my hot glue gun. 

Then I hung it on the wall. I liked it, but it was too white and blended too much with the wall. 

So I got out my Rustoleum Brown Decorative Glaze and went over the frame, then lightly on the backing. But I still wasn't convinced. It just looked a bit "fake". 

So I removed the keys (they literally just pulled off), and glued down some drop cloth fabric as a background. 

Then I re-glued on my keys and hung it back up again.

And this time I was happy! Just enough contrast with our white faux plank walls. 😊

I have it hung in the living room next to the TV and corner cabinets. 

I also decided to hang up my DIY chalkboard Home sign. Sums me up to a tea. 😁

Although you can't see the planks now, they give the frame more depth than the inserts that were originally there. 

Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Take care and stay safe,

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  1. So cute and unique. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks Rebecca! Trial and error paid off. ;)

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    1. Thanks so much! I wasn't confident that it would, but happy I persevered. :)

  3. This is such a fantastic upcycle, Julie!
    I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
    Followed and Pinned! 🙂
    Creatively, Beth


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