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Divided Drawer Key Holder

I've had this old drawer on a wall by the mudroom door for about 20 years and it hung just about over my head, I couldn't even see what was inside the top cubbies. 

It's been taken down to paint the walls several times, and without batting an eye, it went back up.

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When it came down to paint this time, I saw what was in those top cubbies..... apparently I never dusted it in those 20 years.

Because I never allowed my toddlers to drive, over the years we also accumulated more keys for vehicles and the keys were just laying on top of each other among the dust.

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On Mothers Day weekend I got a wild hair to paint the mudroom.

This time when the drawer came down to paint walls, not only did I dust it, I took a better look at the wear, and I realized I could probably do better by it after all these years.

First it needed a new back, so off came the old stained one and a new piece of thin wood was attached.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

Then I dusted it.

Yes those are cob webs.  They might even be vintage.

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The grid came out easily so in the dark of night on the dining room table, I rubbed it down with a coat of custom mix dark stain and then painted the new back.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

I'm noticing how very close that drawer is to my dining room chairs.  Both stain and paint can splatter.

I was lucky this time, but will I ever learn?

The paint color is Ash that I received from Fusion Mineral Paint.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

I decided to use a Bingo Stencil I received from Donna at Funky Junk from her Old Sign Stencils line.

I eyeballed the stencil, taped it down, and did a quick fill-in with black craft paint, and that part was done.  Stencils sure save time.

It took me longer to sort through keys.

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I don't remember a room 21 but I had a pack of about 21 gold hooks so I hung two of each in most of the cubbies.

I have some favorite old tins that fit nicely inside, and the Bingo stencil adds some interest behind it all.

Every time I walk by the Shinola tin I mumble an old saying under my breath.  You youngsters might not know what that is.

Wait a minute, I wasn't around either when that saying was mumbled, so I'm a youngster too.

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Maybe I should keep this Requa's tin in the boys bathroom?  Says it's for gas so I think that is appropriate.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

The original contents are still in all of these tins.

Little tiny charcoal pellets to help stomach acid.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

I'll try that scratch remover on the next piece of furniture I paint.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

No I was never at the Del Capri Hotel in California.  At least not that I'm talking about.

Nor do I recall anyone named Rickey or his hotel.

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

Trust me, when I lived in California if there was a Rickey in my past or a Del Capri Hotel, my BFF would know and she would remind me about them.

I also never owned a Rolls Royce car, just the key-chain.

Drawer Key Chain Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

I bought three of those stamped brass key chains when I was 16 and I still have two.

I gave Rolls to my dad (he drove a Honda) my mom's said The Boss, and I used the one stamped "Property of Camarillo State Mental Hospital".

The best man at our wedding decided he was going to borrow it and I never saw that one again, but it worked out fine since now I'm the boss and I have a key-chain to prove it. 

Divided Drawer Key Holder, Bliss-Ranch.com

I moved the whole drawer away from the mudroom door and hung it lower on a slice of wall where we enter the kitchen.

The new location makes more sense and perhaps if I walk by the dust at eye level several times a day I can prevent cobwebs from forming in the future.


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19 comments :

  1. I sure do love your projects, Bliss...you see things I never would imagine! LOVE it!

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  2. Really cute and useful project!

    Judy

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  3. SOOOO sweet! I love it-except I think you should have kept those vintage spider webs. and...um....I'm not PRYING but it sure seems like you spent a lot of times in motels that you can't remember the names that go with the rooms....just an observation. lol xo Diana

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    1. NanaDiana, you made me laugh so hard when I read your comment!

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  4. What's not to love, a drawer with cubbies all prettied up, it looks great.
    I'm sure those keys could tell a few stories.

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  5. Bliss...you're my Sister From Another Mister. I enjoy your thoughts and share your slip ups. I too have looked at my pictures and wondered how the paint didn't get all over the chairs, table and other things when I paint late at night.

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  6. When I was in London (in a whole different life), I bought a keychain at the flea market in Portobello Road. It was brass and said "property of Tower Bridge." I loved that thing, but it disappeared somewhere, along with my whole different life. Can't wait to see your mud room!

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  7. I love this! I have a drawer similar sitting in my basement... Just sitting there! Happy Memorial Day!!

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  8. Why can I never find a cool drawer like that! Love the handle on it. I like the idea of putting the stencil behind it. The whole thing looks great!

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  9. Great way to display fun mementos! Awesome drawer. Love what you did to it.

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  10. You always find a way to repurpose things in the most unique way! I like how you're using this drawer as a display piece. You've found some nice small treasures to fill it with too.

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  11. Okay, you're gonna have to write a book . . . I'm telling ya, all your projects would make a great picture book - coffee table book. I'll buy it, I love big books AND all your great projects!

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  12. Love the makeover but really love your eclectic collection of objects. So fun!

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  13. I love this! I must say that I laughed all the way through this...but that's a good thing.

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  14. Beautiful job Bliss! I love the new look, but can't believe you did that staining in your dining room!

    gail

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  15. Cool beans! What I don't understand is why you never let the toddlers drive? Seems the norm these days lol. Great project Bliss.

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  16. The new color looks rich and lovely, and the perfect vintage background for all those perfectly vintage keys, etc.. Good choice to bring this drawer further out where everyone can appreciate it more.

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