This project started when I picked up a small wooden shelf for $2 at my favourite local thrift store (New To You, for Truro readers). It was probably designed to hold tchotchkes (which make me shudder), but I knew it would be the perfect key rack for our entryway.
I’d been in the habit of hanging my keys on a coat hook in the hall closet and then panicking when they got covered up with a coat and I couldn’t find them. My husband was in the habit of dropping his keys wherever he felt like it, which was often smack in the middle of the kitchen counter.
After two coats of creamy white paint (Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement), the shelf was looking a heck of a lot nicer. I used my tiniest drill bit to pre-drill little holes, screwed in nine brass hooks and secured it to a wall near the front door. Done!
It was nice to get the keys out of the closet (or off the top of the microwave, the counter, the dresser, etc. for my husband). But our keychains were a garish mismatch of freebie dealership rings and carabiners (his) and sparkly pink doodads (hers), so the key rack wasn’t looking as nice as it could.
The answer came to me one day when I was looking at a package of wooden shims. Now, Wikipedia tells me a shim is “a thin and often tapered or wedged piece of material, used to fill small gaps or spaces between objects,” but I would define it as “a thin, cheap strip of wood that’s useful for craft projects.” I knew shims would be the perfect material for custom keychains …