Key Hook Cabinet Makeover (and Almost Disaster)

Key Hook Cabinet Makeover (and Almost Disaster)

Most of the time- emphasis on “most”– my projects go off without a hitch, or at least with hitches that are few and far between. But, this project almost ended up in the trash from my frustration- which is hard for someone like me to admit. Thankfully, though, I was able to power through my vexation for this cute little key hook cabinet that I found on a thrifting adventure.

Vintage outdated key hook cabinet at the thrift store for repurposing upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looks interesting…

Vintage outdated key hook cabinet at the thrift store for repurposing upcycling by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now I’m even more intrigued!

Right off the bat, I had BIG makeover plans for him. I had a vintage-inspired vision in my head that involved bright, pretty colors…Spring-time flowers…and almost a shabby chic cottage-style vibe. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

So, here’s how it started. First, I disassembled the key hook cabinet by removing the front panel and blotchy/warped paper print, and the hardware from inside.

Thrift store transformation of a vintage key hook cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Taking it apart, for now…

No sweat! I set everything aside and selected a gorgeous aqua blue to paint the entire cabinet. Again, not a big deal- I just had to have patience for all the nooks and crannies involved.

Painting a vintage key hook cabinet as part of a thrift store makeover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Robin’s egg blue paint, anyone?

And this is the point where everything started to go wrong…

My original plan was to create a vintage-inspired cross stitch on window screening that I would then tack onto the inside of the “door”- wouldn’t that be cute?

NOPE, it was not cute at all. I struggled to find the right pattern, and then I hated the way the stitching looked. So, I chucked that idea and moved onto Idea #2.

Ok, so I went at it again from a different angle- this time, my plan was to decoupage a floral napkin to the original wooden panel (after painting it white). And well, that was a complete and utter disaster. I went through a ton of napkins and tore it up each time.

This is the point where I nearly chucked the entire thing in the trash. But I didn’t- I took a breath (well, a few days of breaths) and decided to try one more thing.

A decorative metal sheet.

Using decorative metal sheet as part of the thrift store transformation of a vintage key hook cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Third time’s the charm!

Now, with my third (and let’s face it, final) attempt at transforming my key hook cabinet, I used tin snips to cut out a piece of gold cloverleaf decorative metal that fit inside the cabinet door.

Using decorative metal sheet as part of the thrift store transformation of a vintage key hook cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

FINALLY SOMETHING IS GOING RIGHT!!

FINALLY- I had something that worked out well!! Once I had my insert snipped out, I used my favorite super glue to adhere it inside the key hook cabinet door. And then, voilà- the transformation was finally complete.

Vintage Key Hook Cabinet transformation with paint and decorative metal sheet insert by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And it’s done…whew!

Now I could use it both decoratively and functionally- to hold keys (either from my collection of skeleton keys or modern day keys), or anything else I could think of- maybe earrings?

Vintage Key Hook Cabinet transformation with paint and decorative metal sheet insert by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Who doesn’t love old skeleton keys?

All I know is, this was a long road to go down but I *do* love how it turned out! And now I’m ready to play around with decorative metal inserts more- aren’t you?

Vintage Key Hook Cabinet transformation with paint and decorative metal sheet insert by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Put a fork in me, cuz I’m done!

One more thing before you go- today is the second Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the Thrift Store Decor Team to show off some fun repurposing/upcycling projects!

Thrift Store Decor Team featuring the best upcycling and repurposing bloggers around

Click on the links below the photo collage to see the reveals/’after’ pictures!

Thrift Store Decor Team Before Transformation and Makeover Photos- February 2018

1. Antique Key Magnets

2. Desk Lamp Makeover

3. Peony & Grapevine Wreath

4. Key Hook Cabinet Makeover

5. Luggage Rack Side Table

6. Message Board

7. World Map Makeover

8. Repurposed Thrift Store Tray

 

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. I love the colors used and this idea. You are clever.

  2. Tracie Davis says:

    Glad you stuck with it! It’s an awesome outcome and more modern and versatile.

  3. Love it. Where did you find that decorative metal? I’ve been looking everywhere for something like that.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Becky! Check your local Lowe’s! Mine had metal sheet in two different places- one was less decorative and more for welding (not what you’re looking for) and the other was much thinner pieces with different designs (that’s what you want). And pick up tin snips, too- super easy to work with, I was surprised!

  4. aren’t you glad you stuck with it! turned out really something special.

  5. What an adorable transformation. You have a great eye and an even better thrift store – you find so many cool pieces.

  6. Nothing more frustrating than ideas that don’t work after spending lots of time on them. So glad you persevered! It turned out great.

  7. Jenni Trimmer says:

    Super cute! I have a fondness for keys as well.

  8. What a transformation! I love that sheet metal. Think I need to find a project for it.

  9. This is SO cute! I will definitely give a second look to some of the odds and ends cabinets I typically pass by when I am thrifting.

  10. Awesome job Sarah! I could hear the frustration in your post. I’ve been there! I feel like the end result was totally worth it, but would have loved to see the oops progress pics. 🙂 I know as I’m going through those failures I’m usually too upset to snap pics, but then regret it in the end.

    happy you struggled through it.
    gail

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I know- I need to start taking pics of the failures more often, I even started another Instagram account to celebrate those exact failures (or messes, or really anything funny/weird that happens during blogging).

  11. Fun Idea! I like this – I’ll have to keep an eye out for keys like this Thank you for sharing!

  12. lenora ann spence says:

    i loved your windmill blades from ceiling fan .
    just made one .
    your brilliant. awesome

  13. This is super cute and the color is perfect!

  14. How cute! I have some of those metal things and now I know what to do with them! I bet Debbie likes this project just because of the color 😉

  15. I love that you didn’t give up! That paint color is on point – so pretty! And your 3rd choice ended up being perfection!

  16. That turned out cute!!! BTW, when I went to the Haven conference last year the people who make that metal stuff was a vendor. I was so mad at myself because I missed their demonstration (and gave you a bunch of samples 🙂 ).

  17. Jeanette Young says:

    I like how it turned out! Where do you find the decorative sheet metal?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Jeanette! I actually found a whole display of it in different sizes with different designs at Lowe’s!

  18. mary scott says:

    So cute!

  19. Norma Rolader says:

    You did a wonderful job and thank you for sharing

  20. awesome and I love the 3rd idea the best!!

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