Key to a Simple Project


This little project started -like oh so many of them do- with a trip to my favorite Goodwill. Half off Saturday with my fellow thrifter-crafter-all 'round awesome chick-friend Jen. I somehow found this great frame before she did...


I was so excited! I loved the mat with it's linen-y texture and three oval cutouts. At first I thought it was PERFECT because I have three children. And it was only a buck fiddy.


Then I decided I really don't need more pictures of The Kiddos on display. I really see their faces quite enough. (Summer vacation. ahem.) I knew just the thing I wanted to do. I had purchased a couple of sets of antique-looking keys from Pick Your Plum. Please tell me you're familiar. They have great stuff. Craft stuff and other pretties. Cheap! I adore.


I decided to just mount them with glue on some Amy Butler scrapbook paper...
But first, I removed the glass and I hit up that lame frame with my favorite of the moment spray paint- Rustoleum Lagoon- a really fabulous deep teal. Once it was pretty and dry, I slid the mat back in with the scrapbook paper behind it and glued on the keys.


So. Easy! And it makes me smile every time I walk by it.


Doing the linkdy-link with:


  1. ooo, i love it! nice and easy and elegant. nice job. thanks for sharing.

  2. thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday - - - I just featured you on my FB page!

  3. That is just gorgeous! I'm going to have to visit that website you mentioned. I have to say, I'm a little sad that you linked right after me on Tip Junkie's linky because your project makes mine look a little dinky... :)

  4. So smart of you! I've never thought of using one of these to display items.

    gertie @

  5. That's really cute! What a fabulous idea. I love vintage keys. Great way to display them!

  6. This is just so cute!

  7. Love this and the price too!

    I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    come strut your stuff

  8. Fabulous!
    I'm totally into keys right now.

  9. That is gorgeous! What a great idea. The colors are just wonderful. :)

  10. This is super cute!! Love those keys, but love how you dressed them up even more!