Each day when I get home from work I stand outside our front door trying at least three keys before I find the one that opens my front door. I find it a personal victory when I guess it right the first try.
As I’m navigating through my key chain I promise myself I’m going to find a solution to this frustration. Then the second I finally get through the front door my frustration is forgotten, well for 24 hours.
One of the problems is that my key chain is a disaster. Apparently I’m a key hoarder: holding on to keys in which I can’t even find a door to open. Hopefully most of you will be able to skip this, but my first step in my key chain organization project was to figure out what each of my keys go to!
Once I parted ways with the unneeded keys, I was ready to get started.
This DIY tutorial will not only make your key chain pretty & organized, but also use up some of that old nail polish that you’re yet to use up. Yep, you read that right. We’re pairing organization with beauty products!
- Old toothbrush
- Dish detergent
- Enough nail polish for each of your keys
- clear coat nail polish or clear protector spray
- Painters tape
- Paper towels/newspaper
First order of business? Wash your keys. Bet you’ve never done that before! Me neither. I opted for a quick and easy soaking with dish detergent for 5 minutes while I dug out the rest of my supplies.
Then taking an old toothbrush (I save my old toothbrushes for various DIY projects), I quickly scrubbed the keys down. You wouldn’t put nail polish on dirty nails, so why do it on dirty keys!?
Next thing I did was get rid of all my extra my key rings. I really only need one, but over the years have mysteriously collected many of these, which aren’t necessary and bulk up my key chain.
Taping the keys with painters tape is essential for me, as ‘straight lines’ are not something in my vocabulary! I then paired each of my keys with a nail polish. After laying out some paper towels I paint my first coat on one side (and edges) of each key. I let these sit for an hour before flipping over and painting the other side of each. I did three coats on each side, but you may choose to opt for less!
Once you’re satisfied with the color/number of coats, put a protector over it – either a top coat or protector spray. I had some clear protector spray handy as I use on many craft projects.
Of course you can add a cute key chain, but if you want to really go minimal the keys add enough of a decorative touch on their own!
I painted our extra set of house keys that we give to guests.
May your keys look as good as your nails!
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