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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Key To My Heart

I used to have keys scattered all over my house.

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Now they are all in one safe place hanging in my laundry/utility room.

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Way back in September I found this gem at Goodwill. It was stained, chipped….well, a complete mess.

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After I peeled off all the decoration and sanded it down it received two coats of Annie Sloan white chalk paint.

It stayed in this state for months. (As ever I am a go getter. :)

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I wanted a bit of decoration on the front panel and I thought about stenciling on a vintage image but everything I found was horizontal and I needed vertical. Don’t you just hate that?



This image came closer to what I was thinking. But for some reason the box remained as is.

Then last week I was digging through my Valentine stash and found some plain wooden hearts I had purchased at Joann’s last year. Hmmmm.

I was also in the midst of going through some French treasures that I was ready to part with. (I will soon be leaving for Paris to work on Rêve  and am hoping to bring home a few new French treasures ~ so room must be made. :) As I was placing a small stack of antique French skeleton keys in the “sell” pile I had another light bulb moment. Two of the keys were removed from the “sell” pile.

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The wooden hearts were painted white. Vintage pearls were then attached with craft glue. The keys were hot glued on so that they can easily be popped off in the future.

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This is SO much better than keys scattered everywhere.

(My apologies for the bad lighting, the utility room has no natural light and bad overhead lighting.)

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Yes, this wee cupboard indeed holds the key to my heart.

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You can find a key to your heart in my Etsy shop.


I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, February 14th

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Linking to:

 Funky Junk, Common Ground, StoneGable, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid,The 36th Avenue,Jennifer Rizzo, BNOTPASTL, Someday Crafts, French Country Cottage, Bargain Hunting With Laurie

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is just gorgeous Laura! I loveeeeee the keys and the hearts!! Beautiful!

Auntie Em said...

This is adorable! I love little cabinets and to have a little treasure tucked away in a utility room as a special little secret is so much fun. I have little secrets tucked in places around our home where they might never be seen by anyone but me unless someone is really looking.
Wishing you a great week and how exciting for you to have a trip to France to look forward to in the near future! :)

Heather said...

Wow that is cute! What a great way to store and hide your keys. You do have a lot of keys!!

Di said...

So cute! I think that little cabinet is great. di@Cottage-wishes

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How cute is this. Love it. The hearts and the keys are a so pretty. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love how that turned out Laura! Wow..what a neat idea and you pulled it together so beautifully!
Your going to Paris? Wow oh wow oh wow~
I am going to check your link.
Big Hugs friend,

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

very pretty indeed and what a wonderful way to store your keys. Unseen but always available.
you are such a smartie~!

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Oh, those pearls were perfect! Lovely idea.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

That is so cute...but I was shocked at all the keys! I have a house key, mail box key, and car key....all on the same ring. We are so boring here!!!!

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Lovely... I love how you embellished the hearts ! Happy Monday...

Elizabeth and Gary said...

I love your little key box, you did such a great job she looks marvelous.Old skeleton keys and locks are so fun. We have some that Gary has collected.
Have a sweet Valentine week, Elizabeth

LadyLydia said...

I really love old keys and once lived in a house where every door had one. Do you have any idea how to find the right key for an old secretary?

Denise said...

I love this Laura! You really do have great crafting ideas! The chalk paint helped tremendously, and the keys and pearl hearts just really make it special.

You have enough keys to be a true Châtelaine of a French chateau. :) Congrats on your upcoming trip to Paris; wow -- how exciting!

Have a great day.

Denise at Forest Manor

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Laura- You are SO clever! What a beautiful way to repurpose a gem. What a wonderful way to hold those keys. Valentine's Day does seem to bring our your best!

Come over and visit my blog - I'm hosting a Valentine's giveaway!

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Kelley Dibble said...

Style, unlocked! Adorable!


openid said...

What a wonderful place to store keys. You are proof positive that someone's 'trash' is someone else's treasure {with some elbow grease and a creative mind!}
Your Friend,

Carol said...


The little key cabinet is so cute. You did a wonderful job with it. The pearl hearts are divine with the keys. You are so creative.


mylittlebackyardfarm said...

What a great idea!

khess136 said...

Laura, your key holder is fabulous and the perfect answer to those keys that go "MIA" After catching up with your past few blog posts all I can say is that your home must be a haven of Valentine goodness!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That's a lot of keys...and a beautiful way to store them!

Vel Criste said...

I cannot believe this was a KEY BOX! It is gorgeous Laura!!! you are truly so creative, only you can add that extra-special touch to even a "lowly" kew box!:-)

Jen said...

Cute cute! I love your creative ideas. Sometimes setting something aside for a little bit makes it an even better project to come back too!

How did you like using the Annie Sloan paint?

WendyBee said...

How terribly clever! I am so happy for you with your new collaboration, and the chance to travel to Paris. Bon Voyage!

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful post.Your little cabinet is truly lovely. Love the "Key to Your Heart" theme. I am so jealous that you are leaving for Paris. At this point, I am still dreaming about that trip. Hopefully, it won't be too long. We hope to take a cruise along the rivers in France. I look forward to reading your posts about your trip.

The Boston Lady said...

Great transformation Laura! You always can see the diamond in the rough. Enjoy getting ready for your trip. Ann

Sarah said...

Laura, this was a good idea, and your transformation looks great!

Mary Ellen said...

Laura love you key cupboard! I put up hooks in the old telephone cabinet in the kitchen to house our keys- looks much like the inside of your cabinet! The keys on the outside of the door were a great idea!

Still trying to get in touch with donors for dates to get with them while down in AZ- Hubby has been so busy that I hate to keep bugging him but as soon as I know what we are doing I will let you know- was hoping to know by now!

bee blessed and Happy Valentines day Friend


Mary Ellen said...

nart???? who is nart! That was supposed to be Mary!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your little key cabinet is beautiful, Laura! I have lots of old keys, usually end up just framing some to sell. I love this idea!

Patty said...

This is a sweet project! I love the pearls and keys on the front!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Very cute way to corral all those keys! I love that they are behind a door :)