My project this month was inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Key Art. I guess this has been around for a while, but somehow I just recently noticed it in catalog. They are sold out now, but the price was $199 each! These were genuine vintage skeleton keys mounted on white linen in an 18.5” square frame.
I was looking for a quick project, and since I didn’t have any skeleton keys, nor did I want to run all over town searching for some, I decided to go a different route. I found some uncopyrighted photos of skeleton keys and printed them out (okay, I was certain they weren’t copyrighted, but now I’m second-guessing myself. These aren’t going anywhere except my walls, but I don’t want to break any laws. So I’m in a bit of a conundrum here—don’t turn me in!)
Looking through my stash of frames, I found this set of 3 square black frames that I got at Target’s Dollar Spot a few years ago and never used. They are about 6” square, and I was just going to frame the keys and be done with it.
Then while I was out today I decided to stop by Dollar Tree on the outside chance that they would have some larger square frames, and wouldn’t you know it, they did! They had a single pane of glass with the collage and the stand glued on either side of the glass. They came off very easily and I scraped off the remaining adhesive residue with a razor.
Using a screwdriver, I removed all the hardware from the back of the smaller frames.
Lacking any white linen, I instead used burlap and hot-glued it into the inset on the back of the larger frames. I also reused the hanging ribbons from the smaller frames by gluing them on, although I should have shortened the ribbon and attached them higher.
Next, I hot-glued the smaller frame to the front of the glass.
Not quite as elegant as the originals, but then again, these cost me under $2 each, so I figure I “saved” around $594!
Linky rules (for full details see this post):
- your knock-off entry must be made by you
- it must inspired by Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, or Restoration Hardware
- you must include a picture of the original item from the catalog so we can compare
- it must be a specific comparable item, like my lamp shade, and not just a “this kind of has the PB look to it”
- you must link back to me in your post, preferably using my button code, which you can get in my right side column
- link to your specific party post, and not your general home page
- please be polite and visit several other participants and leave a nice comment
I’m going to leave this open until Sunday night, but will do a highlight post on Friday.