DIY FILE: When practical meets pretty 0
Whether your current keychain spot is the counter, the clutter bowl or the lock itself - this project from Lesley Borger of purplecarrotkc.com is sure to organize your life for the better without compromising on aesthetics.
It's great when projects only require tools found in a single girl's apartment, but for this one you do need a drill - not just really strong fingers. According to the folks at Home Hardware, pre-drilling the holes is highly recommended to avoid cracking the frame.
But once you have the necessary hardware, you are four simple steps from making something 'do-it-yourself' that looks more like you bought it yourself.
What you need:
- wooden frame
- screw hooks (range in size, 20-75 cents each at Home Hardware)
- paint brush
- drill (borrow, or buy a cheapie for $20-$50 at your local hardware store)
1. Visually, the key to this key hanger is the frame. Vintage gaudy frames don't grow on trees, but can be discovered at the thrift store, purchased on etsy or reclaimed from your parents' walls.
Every '90s family portrait is fair game.
2. It doesn't matter which paint you choose, any solid colour is going to look good. But because it is such a small accent piece, don't be afraid to go bold on this one and leave the wimpy neutrals for your Ikea furniture.
3. Decide how many hooks you want and make evenly spaced marks with a pencil on the upper inside of the frame.
4. Make sure you match the screw size to the hook size and drill in your dainty holes.
5. Screw in each hook and then hang it where every houseguest can marvel at your superior craftiness.
Do you DIY?
Every week Julia Dilworth's DIY File will feature do-it-yourself projects, big and small. To submit a project or send photos of your DIY attempts, email julia.dilworth [at] sunmedia.ca.
You can also find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth.