Recent Posts

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Key To My Heart

I used to have keys scattered all over my house.

key 004

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

key 002

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

cookbook buffet 022-003

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. :)

vegas 001

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.

key 006-001

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.

key 007

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.)

key 012

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

key 013

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

Laura

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

Saint_Valentines_Day_Candy_Valentine_s_Day_013165_ (1)-001

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

Savvy Southern Style

31 comments:

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

    ReplyDelete
  2. 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! :)

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

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  6. 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,
    Cindy

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

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, those pearls were perfect! Lovely idea.

    ReplyDelete
  9. 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!!!!

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

    ReplyDelete
  11. 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

    ReplyDelete
  12. 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?

    ReplyDelete
  13. 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

    ReplyDelete
  14. 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!

    APPLESandRUBIES Chocolate and Jewelry GIVEAWAY

    ReplyDelete
  15. Laura,
    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,
    Deborah
    FairfieldHouseNJ.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Laura,

    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.

    Blessings,

    ReplyDelete
  17. 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!
    xoxo
    Karen

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

    ReplyDelete
  19. 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!:-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. 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?

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

    ReplyDelete
  22. 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.

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

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

    ReplyDelete
  25. 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

    nart

    ReplyDelete
  26. nart???? who is nart! That was supposed to be Mary!

    ReplyDelete
  27. 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!

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

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

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for leaving a comment. I adore them!