Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Vintage Window Shutter Key Cabinet

This simple vintage window shutter Key Holder is a great way to add some stylish storage to your front hall or mudroom using a new or old wood shutter.

Who knew a wood shutter could also keep you really organized. The vintage look is timeless and well suited for many different styles. The added bonus is the extra storage this simple wood working Key Holder project will add to your home!

You can make this simple vintage window shutter Key Holder for about $100 or less, depending on how much you end up paying for your vintage window.

To Make a Storage Key Holder Out for a Vintage Window shutter You Will Need:

Screw on Eye hooks (how many you want)
Power drill
Drill bits
Picture hanging Hooks (optional)
Paint brushes (in a variety of sizes)
Magnetic door hook
Piano Hinge
Vintage wood shutter

Now, the first step is to measure your vintage window shutter. Measure how wide and tall it is. I like to use smaller vintage window shutters for this simple craft project. They are perfect for holding keys, which are somewhat small.

Use your 2X4’s to build a frame the exact same size. Use you wood screws to screw the pieces of 2X4’s together like a box frame. Predrill the holes for the screws with your power drill to keep the wood from splitting.

Now, cut your plywood to the same size as your vintage window shutter as well.

Screw the plywood onto the back of the wood frame you built. You can do this step gain by predrill holes through the plywood another 2X4” frame. Insert your screws to hold them together.

Now, attach the vintage window shutter to the front of the Key Holder box. Do this by install a piano hinge on the left side of the frame. Attach one side to the frame you built and one side of the hinge to the vintage window shutter.

On the right side install your magnetic door hook. You could also use a hook and eye hook like you used to find on old screen doors.

Now, flip the vintage window shutter box five down. Install your picture hanging hooks on the back of the box. They should be attached into the plywood you put on the back.

Now, flip the box back over and lay it on it’s back on a flat work surface.

Now, lightly sand any areas needed on the wooden box and roof.

Wipe away any dust and prime it out.

Now, once the primer has dried you can paint the inside and outside of the Vintage Window shutter key Box.

Now, you need to take your screw on teacup hooks and install them inside of the key holder on the back piece of wood. Simple take a pencil and marker a dot where you would like them to be. Now, screw them into place and you can hang your keys on them!

To blend the front of the shutter and the key holder you built try painting the entire key cabinet out in some milk paint or flat wall paint. This will make it look professional and like one piece.

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