A few days ago, my girlfriend texted me and asked if I could make her a key rack that she could hang on her wall to keep her keys away from her toddler. Her little girl is now old enough to reach the countertops, and keys have become a fun new toy for her (especially the car alarm button). She also asked if I could include a spot for her husband’s wallet, which he’s always losing. A challenge? Count me in. A week later, I ended up with this the masterpiece.
When I hung it up in my apartment to get some pictures of it, I liked it so much that I decided I had to make one for myself. I think I’m going to add a little holder for envelopes for mine, though. That way we can ditch the bulletin board we have that’s usually half empty anyway.
If you want to make a hanging wooden key holder, check out the supplies I used and steps I took below!
Here’s what I used.
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- Two pieces of wood; one main piece (mine is 19″ x 17.5″) and one shelf piece (mine is 8″ long x 2.5″ deep)
- Minwax stain in English Chestnut and Polyurethane in Semigloss
- Liquid Nails Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive and two clamps (use something else that’s heavy to apply pressure in a pinch)
- Chip brushes, great deal on those here at .45 cents each. They are over $1 each at most big-box stores
- Assorted sandpaper
- Two d-ring picture hangers
- Screw hooks (these are already painted in oil-rubbed bronze!)
- Flower Pot Klips, which I had left over from a previous project–remember to bring these to the store with you to make sure your pot’s lip fits
- Rust-Oleum spray paint in Oil-Rubbed Bronze
- Drill (this is my drill)
- 3″ diameter terracotta pot with a 1.5″ lip
- Kylon spray paint in Metallic Gold and Colonial Ivory Chalky Finish
- Frog Tape
- Faux succulent stem, browse here
And here’s how I did it.
(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision.)
Step 1: First I cut my two pieces, sanded them, stained them in Minwax English Chestnut, and finished them with two coats of Minwax Polyurethane in Semigloss. I also attached the d-ring hardware on the back before doing any work to the front.
Step 4: Just for fun, I wanted to add a little flower pot. This is a tiny pot from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. I wanted something lightweight, so I put a faux succulent bloom in it.
For the pot color, I spray painted it using Colonial Ivory, taped off the lip using Frog Tape, and spray painted the lip and the inside using Metallic Gold. When it dried, I slid that onto the Pot Klip, and hung the key holder using two nails.
Here is the final piece…
You can use the tiny hooks for stuff other than keys, too. They’re pretty versatile.
And if you wanted to, you could remove the flower from the pot and use that for storage, too–maybe pens.
I can’t wait to make one for myself!
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