Thursday, January 12, 2012

Reworked Key Ornaments

Last week or so I posted about a couple of things I had found at after-Christmas-sales.  One of them was these key ornaments.

My husband and I are itching to redecorate our bedroom, so I decided this project would be for that room, in particular.  I'm saving my bedroom "before and after" pictures for when it's all finished, but I will give you a sneak peek at our new comforter.

Our old bedspread was brown with some green striping.  I was excited to get something in there that is bright.  I love the accent colors:  orange, green, and yellow.

For this project I knew I was going to need 3 frames.  I was in Goodwill searching around and came across three different frames, but the same size. 

Just a note: On the back of the 3rd frame was this sticker.  Someone bought that for $15.95?  Really?

 My plan was to spray paint the frames dark brown and take the glass off.  The inside of the frames would be three different colored fabrics.  I took my pillowcase (to match colors) to JoAnn's and walked out the door with these fabric pieces.

 I spray painted the frames dark brown and the keys orange.  The orange paint was a "glossy" paint and they came out looking like this:

I cut 3 pieces of cardboard into 5x7 pieces and hot glued the fabric around them.  I cut the fabric 6x8.  After placing the fabric in the frame I placed the key in the middle so I could see what it would look like.

Not too shabby...but a little too "perfect."  I decided to pull out my ol' trick of rubbing some water based stain on them to give them a weathered look.  I brushed the stain on with a small paintbrush and wiped off the excess with a paper towel.  I was pleased with the way they turned out.

I pulled out my trusty glue gun and got to work.  I glued the keys into the middle of each frame and hung them up on the wall. 

And here they are close up.

You've made it to the end of this post and guess what...I have an UPDATE! I lived with the framed keys for a couple of days and I decided the frames were too small.  Hobby Lobby had all of their frames at 50% off, so I thought it was worth the money to get three nicer frames that matched.  It only set me back $20.00 for all three frames.  Here is how they look now.


  1. Very creative. I have a box of old shaped keys. maybe I'll follow your example.

  2. clever. love your fabrics and colors.
    thanks for sharing!