Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reclaimed Key Holder

I had seen a cute project on one of my favorite blogs that I read  HERE.  I love her style.  We have a key holder that really isn't very functional at my house so I was excited when I saw this.  It just so happens that my mom had given me an old window that she got at a yard sale for $1 that would work perfect. 

One side was a chippy brown color and the other
side, the one with the original hardware, was raw wood,
perfect for painting!

I had actually set out on Saturday afternoon preparing
to use my hammer and pound the panes of glass out.
That is until I figured those panes didn't just get in
there by magic, this was built and therefore
should be able to be taken apart.
I just decided to begin disassembling
starting with the small strips of wood around the glass.
I got out my crowbar, hammer and started
It was way easy!

Then I turned the window upside down over the
garbage can and used my rubber mallet to
pound the panes of glass out of the wooden frame.
Easy I tell ya!
It turns out, I love disassembling things
almost as much as I love making things.

I then painted the raw wood with Caromal Colours
Wisteria textured base coat.
Look at the window latch. . . so cute!

Once the paint was dry, I headed out to the
ole' garbage can once again and commenced sanding.

The wire I used is actually called Hardware Cloth.
I found it at The Home Depot near the chicken wire
and fence posts. 
I then used one of the old glass panes to measure my wire,
used tin snips and cut to size.

I then stapled the wire to the back.
I really like the Hardware Cloth because it is pretty
stiff and holds its form. 

I bought some "S" hooks that I can place anywhere
I want to hang keys, our gym tags,
my daughter even hangs her sunglasses here.

This is so much cuter than the ugly bulletin
board that used to hang here.

The one thing I might do differently is maybe leave 1 pane of glass
and have some vinyl made to fit.

You can find old windows all the time through on-line classifieds
in our area.  This was overall a very easy
project to complete.  The thing that took the longest
was waiting for the paint to dry.

You will have to check back next week.  I have some new paint colors coming from the Caromal Colours Reclaim Line and I can't wait.  I have the perfect little drop leaf table that gets the first redo when it comes.  The colors are all very neutral and there is something for everyone. 


Anonymous said...

LOVE IT! Ive got a shed full(not really too full)of other reusable things. You will have to check it out. Love you.

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