Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Key to My Heart (or my parent's old Malibu)

Sometime earlier this year (spring, summer, I really don't recall) my Mom asked me if I wanted a bunch of old keys that they had found in the basement. I (naturally) said "YES!!"

So the next time my parents came to visit they brought the keys. My Dad used to be the City Maintenance man for the small town of A. He is pretty sure that one of those keys belongs to City Hall (shhh it has only been something like twenty years since he worked there).

I also found a Ford key in the mix. As my parents owned two old Malibus (or was it three), I am guessing it belonged to one of them.

I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with a heart shaped picture frame. I never found what I wanted. Then in August, I found this jewelry box.

It is seriously ugly but it was in great shape and the inside was clean too (why is it that jewelry boxes always get so dirty?).

I used Krylon Fusion Hammered Silver finish for the box. I spray-painted a selection of keys with Krylon ORB. Then I glued the keys around the edge of the lid and added a favorite photo of hubby. I like it. It wasn't what I anticipated but I like it.

I will be sharing this at:

Keeping It Simple
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  1. Girl, that is too cool!!!! I love the unique, creative vision you have. Thanks for sharing, and that is a cool pic of your guy!

  2. Your hubby is very handsome...like a country music star. Someone told me really old keys are selling for $3.00 each at flea markets. ♥O

  3. Very cool Melissa! Those black keys look really good against the silver, and it is a cute little box :)

  4. I had no idea what you where going to do with those keys....such a cute craft!

  5. I love Krylon paint! It's alway fun to find a diamond in the rough :D

  6. Love this idea. Your husband looks like Tim McGraw!

  7. Very nice - and you've got a cute hubby too. :)

  8. I just love the creative ways you use "junk" to make pretty new things!

  9. You are so talented. Those keys would be sitting in my drawer just clanking around. What a creative and pretty way to use them. Larri at Seams Inspired

  10. You are right, jewelry boxes to tend to be yicky inside when looking for one secondhand. Great way to use up those keys from you parents, nice work!

  11. I've always wondered the same thing -why do jewelry boxes get so dirty?

    This is great! I have some old keys and an ugly box and I'm thinking I may just use your idea :-)

    Thanks so much for linking up to Small Treasure Tuesdays!

  12. Such a DARLING idea!!! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  13. Beautiful makeover into a cherished keepsake!

    Still having computer issues but wanted to say I've still been visiting. Can't seem to leave a comment if I'm using firefox (where all my rss feeds come in) works ok with IE. Driving me crazy!

  14. You converted that seriously ugly thing into an item of charm and coolness! Karma points, baby!

  15. Great way to create a memory box...or place to store your own keys. ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage