I love making useful things out of other things. Especially when you can personalize it so you know that no one else has anything quite like it. This monogrammed key hook is a gift for a friend of mine.
The wood I found in the garage. I needed to saw off the crooked end to make it straighter. Little did I know that I am incapable of sawing things in a straight line. So it’s just as crooked, but in the other direction. But now it’s QUAINTLY crooked. On PURPOSE.
The vintage-style brass initials, as well as the little crow with verdigris, I got from Dime Store Emporium’s Etsy shop. What a neat place!
This aluminum plate I found on the street. Conveniently it had been pre-weathered and pre-antiqued by the tires of passing cars.
These hooks I got at Wal-Mart. Not everything can have such glorious beginnings.
Now you want to lay everything out beforehand, just to prove that you have a plan. Having a plan is good when you don’t have any spare parts leftover if you should happen to mess it up.
After I’d cut the wood and sanded it baby-bottom smooth, I added hanging hardware, right off the bat. I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t damage or disturb any of the front stuff, which was why I did it first.
Then I wanted to stain it. I had the option of three colours of Distress Stain, and one of India ink.
I thought I’d try the stains out first on another piece of wood, to see how they looked. This was a good idea. See? I’m planning ahead again, not just winging it, which seems to lead to trouble sometimes.
I ended up going with the blue stain, and just doing the face of the wood. Let that dry.
Then I used black acrylic paint around the edges. Let that dry.
Then I screwed on the hooks. I had to use my world’s oldest drill to get the holes started for me, though.
But the screws went on and looked really good.
Then it was a simple matter to whip out the glue gun and hot glue the metal pieces into place.
And it turned out better than I thought it would, which is always a bonus.