This farmhouse style wall key holder is perfect for a small entry way, mudroom, office, or any room! Whether it’s your keys, purse, umbrella, jacket, scarf…you name it…this piece will hold it for you.
And look pretty doing it.
It is easy and inexpensive to make. I made two of them to give away as wedding gifts and spent around $25 for both. Read on for the tutorial and a link to those awesome hooks!
DIY Wall Key Holder
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- (1) 1x4x8′ barnwood shiplap trim board, cut into 4 equal pieces (2′ ea.).
- (3) 1×4 scraps cut at 12″ for the paper slot
- (1) 1×4 scrap cut at 12″ for the top piece
- (2) 1×10 scraps mitered at 15 degrees (scroll down for details on these cuts)
- Decorative hooks. You can find the ones I used here.
Tools and other supplies used
- Miter Saw
- Wood Glue
- Sander or sand paper
- Brad Nail Gun
- D ring hanger
- Finish of Choice: I used Dark Walnut stain for the basket and top trim and left the back piece raw.
Step 1: Assembling the Back Board
First off, I headed to Home Depot to grab some pine 1×4’s for this project when these shiplap boards literally stopped me in my tracks. They’re a little more money, but I decided they would give this piece the farmhouse look I was looking for, so I splurged.
Plus, did I mention they were speaking to me? Wood and I are tight.
Aren’t they gorgeous?
Do the same thing with the short pieces. This will make up the front basket.
Step 2: Cut the “Pie” pieces.
The side pieces that hold the basket came from a scrap piece of 1 x 10 mitered at 15 degrees.
Don’t be scared.
If you don’t have a miter saw you could make square cuts to size for the sides and bottom. Glue and brad nail them together. But, If you want the slanted look, read on.
It’s not that hard, I promise!
Set your 1×10 piece on the saw and set the miter angle at 15 degrees (move the miter adjustor to the right until it points to 15 as shown below). Notice the blade is set down as far to the right as possible while still hitting the bottom edge of the board.
Once you make the cut, you should end up with a piece like the one below.
Here’s a tip for the second piece: Turn the board over so the bottom side you see above faces up (as shown below). Excuse the writing on my board. I told ya it was a scrap piece 🙂
Set the miter back to zero. Then make the cut, as shown below.
Congratulations. You now have two equal pieces for the sides.
Easy as pie.
Side note: These make great door stoppers if you want to cut a few more.
Step 3: Assemble the Basket
Glue the pie slices to the front piece, flush with the top. Make sure the 90 degree angle is facing out.
Step 5: Sand and Stain
At this point I sanded and stained only the top trim piece and the basket. Then I gave them a coat of dark walnut stain. I left barn wood pieces pieces raw because they are beautiful just the way they are.
Step 6: Attach Basket and Trim Piece
Once the stain was dry I glued them to the back piece and reinforced with my cordless nail gun.
Step 7: Attach Hooks and Hang!
You’re there! Attaching the hooks is pretty easy with this awesome cordless drill. I used 3/4″ wood screws. I’ m kind of partial to cordless stuff. What can I say, I trip easily and compressors scare me.
I am also utterly addicted to Hobby Lobby’s knobs and pulls. Good grief, could they be any cuter??? You should see the ones I used for my bathroom vanity, and my entry way shiplap wall. They are all so gorgeous. And at 50% off, who can resist?
To hang on the wall, I attached D ring hangers to the back of the piece. You can use nails or even command strip hooks to hang it on the wall, like I did for this one, since I knew I was giving it away.
I hope you like this and give it a try! Think of the possibilities.
I think my next one will have hinge clips and chalkboard paint.
What do you think? Tell me in the comments. I love comments! 🙂
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!