Tuesday, April 17, 2012

5 Minute DIY- Color Code Your Keys

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On Leap Day, I announced A Bubbly Life's Pinterest Project- One Pin At A Time

I chose one I desperately needed- coding my keys so I can identify them!  I do not know if this will prevent the discussion-  Where are My Freaking Keys?! between my husband & I, but the keys are now looking prettier!

My Pinspiration was a post from the lovely blog Happiness is...To Each Their Own. who did a glitter key- But I did not have glitter or glue and did not want to buy any, so I decided to use my new Spring colors set of nail polish I had!



I did two coats on each side. The only task that took up time was waiting for one side to dry before painting the other side.



I had to include one of the outtakes- my little helper kept grabbing my props & knocking them over, thank you for your patience cutie!

Kalia wanted to play & eat the keys (which, she of course, was not allowed to do)


I look forward to working on more Pinterest Projects,  join A Bubbly Life on Pinterest for more inspiration!  And if you like this DIY, please pin it, I love getting pins!  

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54 comments:

  1. Great idea if you can remember which key belongs to which color^_^

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  2. I love this so much, I made my own within 5 minutes of reading your post. Thank you! Where did you get the pack of nail polish?

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  3. Thank you Keri! I got the nail polish pack at TJ Maxx, I love that store, and I think it was only $5!

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  4. I love this! But before I do it, do the colors actually stay on the keys or does it chip off right away? Thanks!

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    1. Thank you Erin! Mine have been on with no chipping for about a month now. I do not really know how long it might stay on, but I plan on changing out the colors here and there. Maybe I will update in the future how long it has been going!

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    2. I've done this to my keys, it didn't last for more than a few weeks before it all chipped off. Maybe the brand of nail polish affects how long it will stay on.

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    3. I used two brands of nail polish on mine and one is very slightly scratching around the ring, but the other is still holding strong. I don't care about the scratches because it's an easy fix, plus I'm just so happy to be able to tell my work keys from my personal keys.

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    4. Keri, that makes sense, I think it depends on the brand you use, Melissa. I have been following up on Pinterest and so many commenters said I have been doing this for years and love it... And a couple said their's came off right away.
      If you really wanted to get serious, you could get spray adhesive that would keep it on forever!

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    5. Maybe you could use sand paper on the keys to dull the shine on them before you used the polish or paint. Also I would use polish remover or something similar to clean any oils, dust (from sanding) or any residue that might be on them first.

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    6. Great ideas Becky! Thank you!!

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    7. You might could also apply a clear coat of nail polish to make it last longer.

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    8. Yes popping a sealant over it would more than likely last longer...what a fab idea though..thankyou

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  5. Hi, I'm visiting from the Serenity Now link party. I loooove this idea, I'm forever fitting which key goes in which door in our house this seem like it would be the perfect solution. :-) Thanks for sharing! Oh & the baby pic hand is my favorite! So sweet!!! :-)

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    1. Hi Nadir! Thank you for coming by! I must admit, the baby hand pic is my favorite too- love her!!!

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  6. This is such a great idea!! Sometimes simple solutions are always the best. Love the fun colors you used, too.

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  7. Thank you! I'm going to do my keys for work - hope the principal doesn't mind :)

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    1. LOL, I cannot be held responsible! :) Thank you for commenting!

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  8. I have seen that pin with the glitter and have liked it. I think yours came out great! I pinned them for you, but I'm also going to feature them tomorrow on my Monday Organizing & DIY link party. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thank you Sandy, and thank you for the linky party!

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  9. These are so beautiful. The colors look great together and I love your baby's hand in the picture... adorable. I featured this at Lines Across.
    Rachel
    http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2012/04/nail-polish-keys.html

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    1. Hi Rachel! Great blog, thank you so much for sharing it on your page!

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  10. That is such a great idea!!!!!!!!!

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  11. this is a great idea. i would so do this except that i work for a university & think i would get in trouble if i messed w/ their keys. :) so i'll continue to stand at the doors and fiddle with 5 different keys til i find which one fits. :) at least they're on a separate ring from my car keys!

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    1. Hi Sarah!
      Maybe you can just do a dot and feign innocence if anyone notices :)

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  12. You could try sanding the keys a bit first to remove any grease etc from the surface then the polish would probably stay on longer...use a top coat too if you really want durability. Lovely idea...I have so many colours to choose from,where to begin!

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  13. I love these!!!!
    I so need to try this!!!!:)
    It will be one more thing to add to my already colorful collection! Thx for the idea!!!!!

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    1. Thank you for pinning AND leaving a comment- you are awesome!

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  15. Fantastic idea. I'm always mixing up my keys so some simple, and pretty, colour-coding will do the trick!

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  16. What's the nail polish brand?

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    1. Hi!
      I do not know the brand, sorry, it was some special Spring color set I picked up at TJ Maxx.
      Thank you!

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  17. I used this trick to color code my school keys. I work at two schools so I used my school colors to code my keys! Saves time when trying to grab the right one.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! Saves time and such an easy fix!

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  18. How is possible that I never before imagine that beauty idea :D amazing the glitter key and the color ones

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    1. I love the glitter key... I think I will do that next!

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  19. So clever - thanks for the idea!

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  20. I began this project with some red glittery polish tonight, but it is coming off more dimensionally than the keys in this pic. I don't know how long it will last, or if I will (as I do with my fingernails) just end up peeling it off. :)~

    (posted this on Pinterest here too - http://pinterest.com/pin/264023596875144139/.

    What brand of polish did you use that worked so well?

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  21. What a great idea ! This is nice, yours colours are wonderful. I used to put different stickers on my keys, but that is nicer. Thanks.

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  22. Nice idea... I just post about it in my blog (with your credits, of course!)
    http://fraldasebaldrocas.blogspot.pt/2012/08/diy-color-your-keys.html

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  23. Hello! I found your DIY post on the Craftgawker site. It's really great! Just want you to know I used your method and it worked! You can read and see it on my blog, hope you like and don't mind it! :)

    http://potatoe-potato.blogspot.nl/2012/08/diy-painting-your-keys-kleur-je-sleutels.html

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  24. Cute idea! I found this on Pinterest and created my own with a link back to you!! http://dreamingofjune.com/5-second-painted-key/#

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  25. Nice idea for make a better key...

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  26. Thank you so much! I painted both side of the keys and taped the other end to the edge of the table to make the project a little faster

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  27. damn it i just made 2 new colored key for 10$ each ..

    i should have used my wife nail polish to color mine ..

    thank u .. <3

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  29. Your blog is great! Inspired me to make my own color-coded keys! I credited your blog on my post. Check it out here: http://samthingtodo.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/color-coded-keys/

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