Hanging a Key Box from London

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One of the souvenirs I brought back from our London trip was this adorable little carved bird key box.

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The colors, the wood and the artistic way it was carved spoke to me and told me that I had to have it in my kitchen! Despite the lack of space in our suitcases, I was able to cram socks and underwear inside to make room for it.

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When we got home I found the perfect spot to hang my little key box. Although the box had hangers attached, I knew the daily pulling and key snatching would eventually prove too much for the dinky hooks. So, I simply removed the hangers with a screwdriver.

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Materials to hang a keybox:

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  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Level
  • Drill bit slightly smaller than screws
  • Screws with anchors
  • Washers
  • Pencil
  • Ruler or tape measure

Instructions: 

Locate your centers. Mark the center of the top of the box. Mark the center inside the box (chose two locations inside the box.)

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Make a small pencil mark at the center of your wall where you wish to hang the box.

Drill two holes inside the key box where the anchor screws will be.

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Hold the keybox centered on the wall and level it. Make a small pencil mark inside both holes you pre-drilled.

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Set the box aside. Drill two small holes into the wall where your pencil marks are. If you have a stud where you drilled you can forego using the anchors. If you don’t have studs there, drive anchors into the two holes in the wall.

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Thread the washers onto the screws. Then secure the screws through the back of the key box and into the anchors in your wall.

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Fill your key box with keys. Rest assured that your box will remain securely attached to the wall no matter how quickly you grab your keys as you rush out the door.

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Did I mention that I also bought some vintage keys in Notting Hill at the Portobello Market.

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I hung them on either side of the key box with little nails. The shapes of those old keys are so fun!

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Gotta run! As usual, I’m late to pick up the kids.

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Cheery keys! Cheery day! Cheerio! 

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Is it just me, or do antique keys have the coolest shapes? It is amazing to me that they were just a utilitarian object. I think they are art.

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Comments

  1. That IS a darling box! Totally worth the suitcase space (and a much smarter souvenier than the poster I came back with. What a hassle to haul around!)

    I’m with you on old keys. I LOVE old utilitarian objects. Something about connecting with the past’s every day is more meaningful to me than looking at the fancy art objects that get left behind.

  2. Norma Jean says:

    Love the key box. It’s amazing what we can cram into a suitcase IF we are determined enough to bring it
    home! Like they say, “where there is a will, there is a way”!

    Norma Jean

  3. Too cute! I would have left some socks in London, if I had to, in order to bring that back. Nice find!

  4. That is gorgeous! Looks wonderful with the keys on your wall.

  5. An absolutely perfect souvenir, something you’ll appreciate everyday to remind you of a wonderful trip. In itself it is an adorable objet that might inspire a few DIYs. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  6. How cool and such a cool way to keep your keys in one place. Thanks for the idea

  7. I am IN LOVE with that keybox. It’s so pretty and timeless. Seriously. I want it!

  8. Melissa M says:

    I love those old keys also!

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