Monday, July 13, 2009

It All Started With Our Keys...


Story of my life --
I just needed to solve a small problem - no biggie - and it turned into a full fledged makeover...


Last week we noticed that we suddenly have a key snatcher in our house.

While she's super cute, she's also super sneaky!

We always hang our keys up on the hooks just inside of our garage door. They are always there. That way we don't place them somewhere (wherever they land) and lose them.

But Ellison has put a few inches on her height and suddenly her little arms can grab our keys right off the hooks, only to be left....who knows where?

I needed to make new hooks that I could hang higher -
waaaay out of Ellison's reach!

I grabbed a piece of scrap wood out of the garage, found two hooks that were waiting to be used in my toolbox, snagged a few letters from a really old game of Scrabble, and got to work...



It took no time at all and solved the problem!




I loved it!

It was cute, it was easy and I had everything I needed on hand, so...it was free!

However, standing back and looking at the whole picture...

(that's the key snatcher there, jumping into the picture)

...all it managed to do was bring to the forefront of my mind, just how ignored and boring this spot in our home really was.

So, thanks to my new DIY key holder, our most-used entry was on it's way to a makeover...


I have no idea why I hadn't paid more attention to this spot before. It is right off of our garage and it is the door that we use all day, everyday!

Of course, I made sure to dress up our front door as soon as we moved in! I wanted it to be inviting and decorated, so that our friends and family would feel welcome as they entered, all while giving the house some much needed curb appeal!

But why did I not make the entry that the five of us use, feel just as loved and inviting?

I have no idea!

But, those days are gone and I was on a mission...

I started "shopping" my house and after I had everything in place, I stepped back to take a look. I LOVED it! But there was something missing...

I found another piece of scrap wood in the garage. This piece was too perfect! Like it was just waiting for me to realize what I was going to use it for...


I gave it a quick coat of one of my favorite Benjamin Moore colors...

(Stratton Blue)


And printed off my letters on the computer, to create my sign...


I needed to make some cuts on the end though...

Ughh.

I don't do power saws.

That's what the Carpenter is for, right?


Right.

Until yesterday, that is!!

The Carpenter was on a trip and coming home in a few short hours. I wanted to do my "big reveal", but it wasn't going to be complete without this sign!

So, with this post in mind, I headed out and took on the compound mitre saw!

Was I nervous?

YES

Did I do it anyway?

For sure!

And I am so glad that I did! It was a huge step for me! I can't tell you how proud I was of myself, and how proud my husband was of me!

And best of all, I was able to continue with the makeover...


After painting on my letters, I just had to wait for it to dry...

(insert sound of tapping fingers on the counter top, here)


After I hung up my sign, I gave everything a once over to make sure it was ready for my "big reveal"...





And "ta-da" - our once neglected, yet most used entryway, gained a new look and finally fit in with the rest of the house...


Remember the pair of oars that I bought from my friends garage sale?

I finally found a home for one of them and I love how it looks up there!


The table was built by my husband about a year and a half ago, but had always been sitting on the front porch. I like having it inside because now I get to appreciate it, instead of just the people passing by!


The best parts of this newly decorated space:

The keys are way out of Ellison's reach.

The mirror reflects the whole space back to us as we're walking through. We see glimpses of the front door entry, the dining room and the living room.

I used what I had! Nothing was purchased for this!
(that just might be the best part! As far as my husband is concerned, it IS!)

I got to use one of my oars!

The palm leaves in the striped vase hide the big, ugly box for the alarm system!
(Bonus!)

The space still functions exactly how we need it to (notice the shoe basket under the table? That has always been there), so it didn't require a change in habit to get used to it. It was strictly a chance to bring some beauty to a neglected space!


The absolute best moment of the entire makeover was when my husband walked through the door!

He loves it!

*sigh*

Don't you just love being able to do the "Big reveal"?


So, it all started with our keys, but it ended with a very happy makeover!






P.S. To see more makeover's, head over to Between Naps On The Porch where Susan hosts her weekly blog party!

And to see even more DIY inspiration, check out Kimba's "DIY Day" over at A Soft Place To Land!

48 comments:

ButterYum said...

Okay, I really like the key hook, but I've gotta tell ya... that beach sign is PERFECT! Just perfect!!

VintageSunshine said...

This is so great!! I love doing the house shopping thing to recreate a space! The beach sign is just great and good job on using the saw!! Thanks so much for sharing this great project!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Scrabble letters!?! Who would have thought! That is brilliant...love it all. Janell

Suz said...

Very cute, I love the beach sign, what is that blue color you used?

Colleen said...

It is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love everything you did.

Jessica said...

I love the key hook!! So unique! :)

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Love your solution! I too need to know what color you used on the Beach Sign and the key holder. It looks like a perfect grey-green-blue!...and you probably don't know this about me but I'm constantly on the search for the perfect grey-green-blue.

Kristine said...

You are a genius.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Gasp! I love it!!! :) What a great makeover!! Two thumbs up for you for trying the mitre saw. They terrify me. ;)

Annie said...

AWE. SOME.

In addition to the name of the paint color, would you be willing to share how you did the lettering?? I know you mention that you printed them out on the computer, but I'd love to know how you got them on the wood.

Thanks and keep on craftin'!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great projects.
Glenda

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I was composing a comment in my head about how much I love your key holder. But. . . the pictures just kept getting better and better and now I have now idea what I love the most. I love it all! Well done.

Lori E said...

Well this is my first visit here but I will be back. I think you have a great eye and a very creative streak in you.
I use power tools all the time. You will get used to it. Girl power!

A Touch of Country said...

What a cute display and great job on the key rack.

Happy Summer!

Karla said...

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments! You all are too sweet! :) I appreciate it very much!

For those of you wondering about the color, it is Benjamin Moore - Stratton Blue #HC-142. You can see a swatch of it on my side bar, lower on the page. I have used it for so many things! I love it! I originally discovered it used in a room in the pages of Cottage Living! It was gorgeous and I knew I had to use it!

Annie, I'll do a quick tutorial about how I do the letters for my signs. I get that question emailed to me a lot, so it's probably worth my time to just write it all out! Stay tuned!

Thanks again!

~Karla

Sherrie said...

You did a great job. Such cute ideas with the sign, and the key holder!
Sherrie

Dawn said...

Ok, so both of those projects are sooo stinkin' cute!!!

Christy said...

What a great idea and the fact that you had all the items needed on hand makes it even better!

You've got me thinking of how I could perhaps spruce up a wall in our house with a place for our keys:)

Kathi said...

Brilliant! What a pretty way to come and go!

Jenn said...

You are such an inspiration. I don't know where you find the time!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

You did such a nice job on that area! It should look welcoming to you since you come in that way, great idea. And I have to say I'm super impressed that you used the saw!
~Michelle

Hirondelle Rustique said...

How adorable! I love it all!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I don't think there's one single post of yours that I don't smile at as I read on, girl. I love the touches you achieve with such simplicity.

I have a question for you. I tend to decorate very neutral as I get 'tired' of colours after a short while. Do you ever tire of the blue hues? I've been wanting to try but everytime I slap on any colour somewhere, I'm neutralizing it again. Colour just seems to work so well in your home!

Donna

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Forgot to add, I can't wait to read the Beach sign tutorial. I was also wondering what method you used. The lettering looks machine done!

(I own a vinyl cutter so I know. LOL)

Donna

Embellished Bayou said...

What a fantastic transformation, great job!

Kammy said...

Hey Karla !
I love the theme you have going !
You are very creative ! I think the key hanger was a fab idea !
HUgs ~ Kammy

~Kristen~ said...

I love this! I have been planning on making something similar for our keys!

Jill said...

Great post and you did such a good job :)

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Unbelievable, your house gets more beautiful by the second!

Maya said...

Love your entry there... the key board is the icing on the cake!

Natalie said...

I love your blog! Thanks for following Sensibly Styled!

Mrs. Petrie said...

The whole entrance is gorgeous. I love the grouping of pictures and the way the hooks are placed.

Kelly said...

Love all things you have created in your lovely home!

Alas, I have a TV remote snatcher and he is also 3 years old. It's a good thing that they are cute to make up for it! :)

Kelly --

its so very cheri said...

Very cute reveal and the KEy sign looks cute too.
Cheri
www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com
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Kim said...

I love, love, love this!!!! It turned out better than fabulous. And now I know which way to the beach. Hip, hip, hurray!!!

Megan said...

Ooooo LOVE! I like your beachy look very much. So very fun! That beach sign is great! Good for you for conquering the miter saw. What is that color that used on the signs? (Or did you already say that and I missed it?) Thanks for the inspirations!

Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage said...

wow love your blog! love the colors, and the rooms. thanks for the inspiration my dear!

Sara said...

I love it. And I'm assuming that after the use of the power saw you still have all of your fingers, so bonus points!

Older and Wisor said...

LOVE it....and LOVE the price! It looks fabulous with your hall too.

Decor mamma said...

Wow...love your latest DIY project! So cute and functional too right? DIY doesn't get any better or cuter than that! When you get the chance, check out my new blog...I do lot's of DIY too!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great makeover! It looks amazing! Well done~the color is perfect.

Ryan said...

Love it!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Truly amazing! I love it! What a great transformation! Love that sign and key holder!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Karla, it all looks so great! And just like you're at the beach. good job.

DESJ and Company said...

that looks AMAZING!
great job.
got to you from asptl

The Southern Housewife said...

Wowwww! Love the makeover!!! Just love it! You've got another fan hooked on your blog !:)
jennifer

cottagewindow said...

Wow! What a fantastic site. I love your sense of style. Thanks for sharing this project...I love the "Beach" sign.

Michelle

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You are so amazing! I love how you just bring things together that I'd never consider.