The Alohomora Key Rack

Happy New Year and welcome back!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  We spent the holidays in the southwest with our children and the grand dogs.  In between two Thanksgivings (yes, two!), Christmas, the New Year, and lots of cooking, baking, dinners, visits, and laughter, my daughter and I managed to find some time for projects.  
She's a huge Harry Potter Fan and was inspired by a key rack on Pinterest.  She sent me the picture and asked if I had a piece of wood and any old keys. After finding a pine board and some antique keys in my stash of goodies, it was time to help her 'make it her own'.  Let's get started...
First, the board was sanded and given 3 coats of black acrylic paint.  After that dried, the edges were taped (by 'eye') and the center was painted with 3 coats of white craft paint.  
The paint dry over-night, and everything was distressed with 220-grit sandpaper.

Using a Harry Potter font found on-line, we spelled out & sized 'Alohomora".  The paper was turned over and the back was scribbled with a pencil to turn it into a kind of carbon paper - please tell me someone still remembers carbon paper!
The paper was turned over. placed exactly where we wanted it, and taped.  Using a pen, the letters were traced, leaving the outline on the board.

The next step was painting the letters.  
The project was almost finished...Two coats of clear spray, hanging hardware on the back, hooks, adding the keys, and it was done.  
In case you're wondering, hanging the antique keys was a personal decision.  On the inspiration piece, they were glued to the wood, but we really liked how they looked actually hanging on  the hooks.  
 We had a lot of fun working on this project and now my daughter has the key rack she wanted!   
Thanks for stopping by the Cottage.  I hope you'll pin, share, and comment.

One more thing, for those of you who are not Harry Potter Fans, 'Alohomora' is the Unlocking Charm.



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  1. That is so cute! We are huge Harry Potter fans here.

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    1. Thank you. I knew the Harry Potter fans would appreciate it!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you stopped by, come back again soon!

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  3. That's just brilliant, we are all big Harry Potter fans in our house (and I remember carbon paper!)
    I like the old keys just hanging there on hooks, that way you can use it for your actual keys at some point if you ever want to.

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    1. Whew! Glad there is someone else who remembers carbon paper! LOL
      Like you said, my daughter hangs her keys right on the hook with the antique keys...thanks for stopping by, come back again soon, won't you?

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  4. We are HUGE Harry Potter fans - Love this!!!

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    1. Thanks! I'm thrilled there are so many Harry Potter fans out there!

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  5. Love Harry Potter, and I love this great craft!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you'll visit the Cottage again soon

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  6. Looks awesome great job with the lettering! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
    Kim

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    1. Thanks, Kim! Although I can't take credit for painting the letters - my daughter did it! It's always a pleasure to share at Merry Monday!

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  7. A great themed key rack Ann, I bet she was pleased with it! Thanks for linking up with us the Blogger's Pit Stop.

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  8. my sister in law loves harry potter this would be something she would love. The lettering is very cool and the colors remind me of the old vintage signs
    come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Angie. We were going for a Vintage look!
      I will stop by soon...

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  9. So clever! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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  10. Hah! My daughter is slowly decorating her whole house with Harry Potter stuff - she'd love this! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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    1. You'll have to make her one, Lynda...send her over to take a peek and see if she likes it!

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  11. Oh that is so cute! I bet your daughter loves it! I am a big Harry Potter fan! And I just used some carbon paper last night on a painting I'm getting ready to start for my sister! There are a couple of paintings I did for presents here: http://shans-shenanigans.com/christmas-2017-paintings/ . I found you at Party in your PJs btw! Have a great day!

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    1. She sure does, Shannon! We had fun making it too...your paintings are beautiful..following you now.
      Thanks for visiting the Cottage. Come back again soon, won't you?

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  12. This is so much nicer than one of those store bought key racks!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I also think it's great that she can tell people she made it!

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