Wednesday, September 12, 2012

diy: colored keys

My church, that I also work at, has a million keys.  Well, maybe not a million, but I have more than six on my key ring plus my car key (hopefully soon, I will be adding a house key - still praying for that).  Each key goes to a different part of the church and it when I first got them, I had no clue which key went to what.  Naturally I wanted to have something that would decipher which key went to what doors.  The only quick fix I could come up with were those ugly plastic circles that you can buy at Walmart or Lowes.

See what I mean?  They were U-G-L-Y, they ain't got no alibi.  So, while searching through Pinterest, I came across a wonderful little "life hack" photo that had colored keys via nail lacquer.  I definitely liked how that looked better than those awful key rings, so I thought I would give it a try.  Here is what I did:

nail lacquers 
clear nail lacquer
rubbing alcohol
cotton ball
sealant spray paint
a piece of paper
time :)

Step 1:  Remove all keys from key ring and clean with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball.  Remove any excess cotton hairs from the key (if they got caught).

Step 2:  Lay down a book on a piece of paper.  Tape each key down to the binding of a book so they hang off a little.  Don't forget to label which key is what so that you do not get confused!  Proceed to paint each key with at least two coats of color followed by one clear coat, allowing each coat to dry for at least 3 minutes each.

Step 3:  Once you have allowed the keys to dry.  Spray a sealant on the keys in a well ventilated area.  Apply at least two coats, allowing each coat to dry for 10 minutes each.

Step 4:  Allow the paint to cure for at least three hours and then you can pop your lovely new keys back onto your key ring and admire your work.  :)


  1. This is sooo cute!! The house I'm living in now I have to use keys to get in. It's a new thing for me because I'm used to just having an automatic garage door opener. So I'm suddenly carrying around house keys that I actually have to use. I'd love to make them cuter! I'll have to do this!

  2. Glad my Little Brown Handbook came in handy! :-)

  3. awesome idea- so need to do this!


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