Home Key Art

Today’s post features the best of both worlds. Some good information & a personalized DIY project. <—gotta love when you can tackle 2 topics in 1 blog post.

Home Key Art GraphicFirst, the not as fun stuff. You guys know we recently moved into a new place, and one of the first things on my to-do list was to change the locks. It may not be the most glamorous home project, but it’s certainly a necessary one. I have no idea who had keys to our new home…the old homeowners, contractors who’ve done work there, old family & friends…it’s safe to say that there might be many keys to our home floating around the Chicagoland area. I’m not a paranoid person, but I’m a realistic one. And the thought of someone being able to get into our new home with a key, was enough to make me shell over a couple hundred bucks to get the locks switched.

New-Locks-Keys-AugustaWe closed in mid-August and then had contractors & painters in the new space for our first 2 weeks as homeowners. I gave everyone keys so they could come & go throughout the workday, knowing that I would change the locks once we officially moved in.

New Locks on Augusta DoorThe day after our move-in, a locksmith came and swapped out the handles & dead bolts on both of our interior doors.  We had the option to just re-key them, but he said our current locks were the worst on the market and he convinced us that changing them out entirely was the safest way to go. Yes, it was another check I had to write at a time when I feel like all I’m doing is spending money like I’m Beyonce. But a few hundred dollars is well worth being able to sleep at night.

So moral of the story. If you’re moving into a new place….get the locks re-keyed!

Now onto the fun stuff….


…a personalized craft that anyone can make! These are the keys from our 4 homes together.

  1. Our first apartment in Wausau, Wisconsin
  2. Our city loft in St. Louis, Missouri
  3. Our Chicago apartment which we lived in for the past 2 years
  4. Our first real home here in Chicago

I’ve held onto all of them over the years and it was finally time to do something with these sentimental items. Inspired by this post from YHL (ugh….I miss their blog so much!), I decided to make some easy home key art.


I grabbed this frame from Michaels. I liked that it had a thick mat so there would be enough room to put keys in without it smooshing up against the glass. I didn’t really want to get a bulky shadow box, so I’m happy I found this frameglued-house-keys-art

Then I took some cardstock and hot glued the keys right to it. framed-house-key-art framed-house-keys-art-home

Once dry, I popped the piece of paper into the frame to take a looksie. Lookin’ fab.

My final step was to write the street name & dates underneath each key. But I don’t have the best handwriting, and I knew Bridget could do a much better job. So I let this key art stay blank for a few weeks until she could come over and be my calligrapher.

Home-Key-ArtWell worth the wait for her neat handwriting.

Decor-DIY-Home Key ArtThis little frame may not be the most expensive or glamorous “art,” but it is so personal to our family. Those are the types of items I want to display in our new home. Items that bring us both joy and give guests a glimpse into our past.

Home-Key-Art-DIY-DecorI urge you to create some meaningful pieces for your own home. It’s the best way to curate a space you truly love. Plus, it doesn’t get easier than this one!Home Key Art Graphic



  • Patricia Carlson

    WAUSAU! That’s my home town. What a small world. What we’re you doing way “up north”?

    • What a small world Patricia! I was a reporter at WSAW Newschannel 7 right after I graduated from college. Finn & I lived there for a little over a year and loved it! A fun small town with lots of friendly people 🙂

  • I love this! Although at the rate we move (still in our first home together, 9 years later) I might be retired before I have enough keys!

    • hahaah that’s hilarious Diana! But lucky that you’re not moving all the time.

    • Columbia1

      You could take a picture of your house and put it and key in a feame

  • ellen ross

    OMG i love this idea!!!!!

  • Columbia1

    The first time i looked at this I didn’t think it was something I would like to do. Looking at it again, however, think it would be fun. If I srarted with my childhood home I could use a skeleton key. We could never find the key if we were going away for several days…our doors were never locked. Oh the good old “living safe” years.

    • Those are the good ol’ days! Love that.

    • Columbia1

      Also shows how old I am. LOL

  • BJ

    Cute Idea! I think I will paint the keys the color the house was at the time I lived in it- make the “art” project a little more interesting. THX