Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Key Art

All of my projects I started on this weekend are an attempt to change this floating USA into an actual filled wall:

From Blog Pics

The planked USA is hanging too high, but it was SUCH a pain to hang (it comes in 3 sections, all with different points for the hangers), that I decided I'd either put molding around it or do something else before I'd resort to re-hanging it.

Last night I finished my something else.

I liked the look of these from RH:

But they were $199 EACH, and I wanted 3 of them. No.Way.

So, I did my new favorite thing...I decided to try to make my own! I've actually had this idea for a little while, and wanted to build the frames for it, but I was in Jo-Ann's last weekend, the frames were 50% off, so I just took the easy way out and bought 3 of them ($15 each), along with some burlap for behind the keys (.50 cents). I bought the actual keys themselves at Home Depot for $1/key.

The keys only came in gold. Chris suggested I try our venetian bronze spray paint in addition to the silver spray paint that I had planned on using to see which one looked better. Yeah, Chris has an opinion, but not a desire to help with any of it!

Here's how the two key colors look side by side:

Chris won. I liked the way his color stood out in the frame.

I ironed and cut my burlap to size, and then used my trusty fabri-tac to glue the keys in place. That stuff is magic.

After much manipulating to attempt to get the burlap flat and the key centered in all three of the frames, I was ready to hang them. I wanted them all hung pretty close to each other to make room for my two other projects I'm working on, so they needed to be pretty level. I had Chris hold the laser level while I measured and hammered in the nails, and then hung the pictures.

I actually accused Chris of not holding the laser straight because all 3 frames were crooked. After telling me I was wrong, he took my pocket level and straightened them out. This is him and Kodi doing their victory dance when I had to say I was wrong and he was right.

Silly Boys.

Here's a few more shots of the keys in the living room. I may go back in at some point with some fabric paint and stencils and write the numbers of our last house and this house under the keys, but this was good enough for now!

One project down, two to go, and then one more wall can be checked off of my enormous wall decoration list! Of course, my other two 'small' projects are turning out to be anything but small...sigh.

All in all I spent $50 on this project vs. $600 for the RH ones. Mine might not be perfect, but for a $550 discount, I'm okay with it!  I'm linking up to these fun parties...go check them out!

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  1. I love how these turned out. I may have to try my hand at making some too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Val! Let me know if you do make some, I'd love to see!

  3. I saw a similar project on another blog and really liked it! I love how you did it with the burlap! They look fabulous! We had our first family portrait done and apparently the size of picture we chose is not standard, so I think I'm going to have to try to build a frame! Thank God for KOW!

  4. Cuteness! I love these. You have a fabulous place, too. I love your coffee table. Thanks for sharing;)

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  5. Thanks Paula!! Yes, you're correct, thank goodness for KOW! I'm going to attempt to build a frame next month for one of my Mom's, so I'll be able to relate! Good luck with yours!

    Thanks Jennie! We've worked so hard to get this place looking up to par with our taste (and budget) in mind, so I really appreciate the compliments!

  6. I am on the hunt for some skeleton keys. I had no idea I could find them at Home Depot! Thanks for the tip!!!
    Your art looks amazing. Dare I say, better than the original? I think so!

  7. I did something similar awhile ago; I love skeleton keys. They look great!
    Saw you at Someday Crafts.

  8. Thanks for the kind words ladies, I appreciate the compliments!!

  9. What great looking wall art! I love those keys. I am your newest follower; here from The Girl Creative's linky party. Thanks for sharing.


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