A first attempt

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  1. GoingNowhere

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    at making myself a little key rack. I didn't do any of the woodwork, just painted two pieces of scrap trim! I made one for school and one for all of my petsitting keys. I didn't include it in this image, but I made little tags to hang on each of the three petsitting key rack hooks with my petsitting dog clients' names on them so that I can keep track of whose key is whose.

    The key rack for school has a hook to hang on the wall and the petsitting one is just propped up with a photo frame holder, but at the point that I took the pictures, I just leaned them both up against the edge of the counter.

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    I'm pretty happy for my first successful artsy crafty attempt in a while!
     
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    AllieMackie Wookie Collie

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    *points* I have the same keyfob!

    They look awesome! I adore the little pawpads. <3
     
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    Cute!! I loooooove polka dots! I need to get a key hanger thing, I keep losing mine. >.<
     
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    thank you both! :)
     
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    Nice! Love the polka dots too :)

    Did you paint the little white dog? It's adorable.
     
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    That's cute! I need to do something like that, though I don't have quite the amount of keys to keep track of that you do.
     
  7. GoingNowhere

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    Thanks! Yep, I painted the little dog as a cartoon version of one of the little Westies that I watch. I had to use white primer to paint it because I couldn't find any other white paint, but once I covered the whole thing in shiny sealer, I don't think it looks too bad! The petsitting key-rack is holding up so far! Haven't lost anybody's keys yet at least. I haven't actually used the other one yet.
     
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    What sealer did you use? Hopefully a non yellowing polyurethane. you did a nice job on this. I learned a great deal by painting things like this, moved on to benches and boxes, and finally to canvases. Keep up the good work!
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    I just used Mod Podge... the glossy kind. We'll see if it lasts! If not, I figure the entire project was essentially free, as I just used scrap wood and leftover paint.
     
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    I used some sealant that yellowed so bad I was horrified about a year or so later. Mod Podge should be great. I use delta ceramcoat exterior interior polyurethane. I swear by it I have pieces that I made when my children were small and they look just as good now so it's just a recommendation. It can take a beating if you decide to do something that is high traffic.
     
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    Thanks for the tips!
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    That first one is SUPER cute!!
     
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    thanks! They've both been put to use and are doing well! :)

    The newest completed project that a friend and I did together for the apartment:

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    complete with themed Clue, chess, and backgammon!
     
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    That is officially awesome!

    You should snag up coffee tables that have been discarded or are at flea markets for cheap, refurb them like that and sell them. Game tables are a hot item.
     
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    haha, thanks! If I had the time and energy to do that, I absolutely would. It was quite the endeavor, though. It didn't cost us much at all (beyond the plywood...) We already had all of the necessary tools and paint, but it was still quite a bit of time in the making. The clue board was especially irritating, because we had to find a way to make the minuscule grid lines. We ended up drawing in the lines with a sharpie and painting a thin coat of orange paint over the grid when it was dry. We then sealed everything when we were done.

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    I think we might paint the entire table black at some point, just to make it look a bit sharper and neater. Right now, the board games clash a bit with the wooden table.
     
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    Wow! I'm impressed with the game table; you're very creative!
     

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