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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  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

  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.

  3. Vanessa5/27/2010

    I love this! You are so creative!!!

  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!

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

  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.

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

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

  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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