I have been tweaking a few items in my booth, things that have been there awhile. This key didn’t get a makeover before going to the shop, because I thought for sure it would sell quickly as is. Didn’t happen, so I brought it home and added a background- now I have a decorative key board!?
One fun advantage to having a booth at the Olive Branch is that Jim lets us dig through his warehouse of great junk, and this old turquoise tongue and groove flooring immediately caught my eye.
After removing rusty nails and decades of dirt, I trimmed the boards on one end, retaining the ragged and rustic edges on the opposite end. I glued the boards together, then screwed scraps of window shutter slats to the back to reinforce them. I found the shutter slats beside a dumpster. Hello, my name is Sheila and I’m a scrap wood hoarder.
Predrill holes in old dry wood to help prevent splitting.
Mark the length of your screws on your drill bit with masking tape so that you drill to the correct depth.
Ok, as you know, I don’t work these things out ahead of time, so now it’s time to figure out how to attach that heeaaavvvy metal key to the boards. I laid the key into position and marked spots where I could secure it with wire, removed the key, then drilled holes for the wire.
I glued the key to the boards with JB Weld epoxy so that it would stay in place while I flipped it over to tie the wire.
I twisted the wire on in four places, and of course one spot ended up on a slat. Not really a problem, though.
I dabbed a tad of black craft paint onto the wire to blend it in with the key. The little knot hole is one of my favorite things on this key wall hanging.
D-ring hangers are attached on two sides so the key can be hung vertically or horizontally.
I love the weathered turquoise boards, wish I could have seen them in their original home. So, do you think it’ll sell better now? If not, I may just bring this decorative key board back home and keep it.