Never lose your keys again by making this easy DIY key tray! Make the tray, put your keys in it when you get home, and voila, no more wondering where your keys are!
Earlier this week I shared my 2015 personal progress project. Well, I finished up all of the goals and printed it out into a pretty little binder that I shared on Facebook and Instagram yesterday. I promised to share details from all of the different pages, so I’m starting today with my homemaker section. Download the editable and non-editable versions of this page to add to your own personal progress binder.
- Meal planning
- Purging (getting rid of unnecessary stuff)
- Creating a cleaning schedule and sticking to it for a month
- Prepping for the day ahead the night before
- Teaching my toddler something new each day
- And redoing my entry way
When people come to my house the first thing I say is close your eyes and let’s go upstairs to our main living area. I can’t even remember a time when my entry way wasn’t covered with junk mail, packages, and other misc crap that just has nowhere else to go. It’s kind of the dumping ground for anything that I don’t need immediately. Unfortunately, need immediately actually means need ever because I never go back and look through the piles. So needless to say, it’s a disaster.
I took the first step in redoing the entry way today by making a simple DIY key tray. I’m one of those people who can never find her keys. The problem is that they don’t really have a home, so they just end up on whatever surface is closest to me when I walk in the door. I put down my toddler then put down the keys.
And a couple of minutes later I have no idea where I put them.
I’m hoping this tray solves the problem. Thanks so much to Royal Design Studio for providing me with the stencil, cremes, and brushes for this project!
- Small tray
- Colored card stock
- Royal Stencil Creme – I used metallic teal and antique silver
- Royal Design Studio 2″ Allover stencil brush – one for each color
- Royal Design Studio Triangulations Furniture Stencil
- Stencil spray adhesive
- Paper towel
Step 1 – Cut a piece of card stock that will fit into the base of your tray. I purposely did a piece of card stock rather than painting the inside of the tray so that I can change it out to match seasons, my mood, etc.
Step 2 – Once you have a piece of card stock that fits perfectly, spray the under side of your stencil and stick it to the card stock firmly in the position that you want the design. Tape the outside edges to prevent any accidental painting off the edges of the stencil.
Step 3 – Following the directions on the Royal stencil cremes, paint the stencil to create your design. One tip – make sure to follow the instructions and blot the stencil brush on the paper towels well so that you have minimal creme left on the brush to prevent bleeding.
Step 4 – Once you’ve completed your painting, remove the stencil from the card stock before the paint dries.
Step 5 – Allow painted design to dry. Once dry, use your favorite form of adhesive to attach the card stock to the base of the tray. For the same reason noted above, I actually just used double-sided tape so that I can remove and replace the card stock as my mood changes.
So easy right? I’m pretty excited about having somewhere to put my keys now. And I’d call that progress. Now I just need to remember to put the keys in the key tray as soon as I walk into my house rather than closing my eyes to pretend the entryway doesn’t look like it does now.
Stay tuned for more details from my entry way makeover, coming soon!