5/26/10

Master Key


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Every time I've browsed through an antique store, thrift store or random decor store in the past few months, I was on the look out for vintage skeleton keys. Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck. I only found a few and they were pretty costly. As much as I wanted authentic, old keys I decided to go with easy-to-find, inexpensive reproductions.

The set of 7 was $19 with free shipping, plus the 10% discount that was emailed out last week. This was much better than the $8-10 price tag per vintage skeleton key I found at a local antique store. I ordered them late Sunday online and they were at my door on Wednesday afternoon.


I then purchased 7 mismatched photo frames from Dollar Tree and got to work.


I used some scraps of Burlap to cover the glass and superglued the keys on...


and created this display-


My original plan was to spray paint the frames all the same color but I changed my mind once I saw them on the wall. I'm digging the mismatched look.




This took less than 15 minutes to put together and was less than $25 for all 7 framed keys. I love how it breaks up the lines in our half bath. I will say that the keys are much larger than I expected, but I'm extremely happy with the final look.

What do you think?
Happy Almost Friday!
love, S

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9 comments:

  1. Love this! So creative.... I was looking at those keys awhile ago, but when I realized how small they were I had no idea what I would do with them so passed... this is a great display

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  2. I have those keys as well! I haven't hung them up yet, but I plan on hanging them amongst a photo wall! I love what you did with them - I love how they're all different, in shape and in color.

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  3. Vanessa5/27/2010

    I love this! You are so creative!!!

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  4. I saw you on DIY Show off! Your bedroom is amazing! I would LOVE to do my own headboard someday. Yours is beautiful! Great job!

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  5. Your display is beautiful. I love it up against the stripes! very creative!

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  6. popping over from diy show off. love your new wall color...what paint is it? you could have it listed somewhere, so i'll poke around.

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  7. I love this! The keys really look great and are complimented well by the frames and the stripes on the wall. Great job!

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  8. Love it! This has been on my project list for at least 4 months! I love your collection! Great job!!!

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  9. Hi there! I've been following you for a few weeks now and I've already borrowed your key/frame idea and I'm working on my second set of your canvas drapes! Hub liked the first set I made for the master so much that he made me put them in the living room instead, so now I have to make new ones for the master! haha. Keep the great ideas coming! Btw, I found that using quilt binding on both side of the canvas prevents it from fraying when you cut in half -- and it looks completely finished. Thanks again! :)

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