May 5, 2014

DIY Key Hook

Our entry way is not very spacious, and the steps leading down into the living room don't leave much room for a hall tree or entry table for my purse and the goodies in Philip's pockets. I have a plan for it, but it has to wait for our September trip to Georgia to retrieve the rest of my things. In the mean time, I knew I wanted a key hook. Not just any key hook, it had to be elegantly rustic, durable, and functional.

After browsing Pinterest for ideas and a trip to the craft store, I came up with a nifty project that will serve our needs and look nice as well. If I can do this, so can you!

What you need:

Unfinished CD crate - I got mine here
Wood stain - we had some leftover from our cabinet project
A foam brush
An old rag you don't mid throwing out (not pictured)
Hooks - I used clear command hooks
Wide head hanging nails

Step 1: Lay out news paper either on a table or outside. The stain stains (duh)! Then use the foam brush to stain the CD crate. Following the directions on the can to get the desired shade. After the appointed length of time, you wipe off the stain and let it dry. This can take anywhere from a couple of hour to overnight. Just to make sure it was completely dry, I left it overnight.

Step 2: Prep your command hooks. Make sure you put the sticky strip on right!!

Step 3: Turn the crate with the side you want to be the "bottom" up. Figure out spacing and placement of the hooks, then attach. I left room to add more hooks if needed.

Step 4: Turn the crate on it's side so it's like a shelf, and hang on the wall using the wide head nails.

Then add your stuff! I put a jar on top for Philip's utility knives and safety glasses and he can put his pocket knife, wallet, and gum on the inside. Of course, our keys are hooked on the bottom.

Try it! It's super easy! Do you do DIY craft projects for your home? Show me!


  1. I love that it's so much more than a key holder! Great job :)

  2. I like, I like!!! In fact, this would be perfect for my sister.. So now I'm thinking of DIYing her birthday present..


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