More and more I am hearing about burglaries occurring from perpetrators reaching though a letterbox with an unravelled wire coat hanger to hook house keys off an entryway table to gain access. Tim’s aunt not too long ago said that she heard something in the night, went downstairs to see what it was and saw a long metal rod probing through the letter box of her front door. Grabbing the end of the it, the assailer let go and ran away. It certainly made me wonder plenty of ‘what ifs.’ Luckily, she caught her potential thief when his plan was most vulnerable. Still, there is every chance it could happen to any one of us at any time and we might not be there to stop it.
Outside of the security aspect, having a key hutch has helped both Tim and I out in more ways than one. No longer is there the early morning dilemma of “have you seen my car keys?” Or rummaging through drawers to find the key to the front door as a parcel man waits. My counters are… less cluttered with items in my attempt to run an organised life. And the biggest plus, I have an extra little shelf to house seasonal decorations 🙂
Unfortunately, I have lost the initial picture of my bathroom cabinet among my long list of jumbled project photo steps 🙁 As can been seen from some of the pictures, the bathroom cabinet was initially a dark pine. It had silver knobs and came with two shelves set at different levels on either side of a central divide (separated by the two doors).
The first thing I did was to take off any hardware and the two doors. In separate pieces, I sanded, cleaned, primed and painted them in a gloss white. You could certainly paint the whole thing white if you wanted to, but I left the back unpainted as I had some leftover wallpaper that I thought would add a cosy touch to the key hutch (aww.. Isn’t nice when rhymes pop-up when you don’t mean for them to?)
I took the wallpaper and measured it our to fit the back of the hutch. I tried to see if I could insert it as one piece through the small gap in the central divide, but I had painted over part of it and had closed too much of the gap. So I cut it in half, trimming it to fit inside each gap.
Using some basic all-purpose glue and a paint brush, I liberally applied the glue to key hutch, smoothed it out with the brush and applied my wallpaper. Then I added a small dab of glue on top of the paper and smoothed it out with my brush to seal the paper. I did this to the inside of the doors as well.
Once the paper was dry, I took some small nails (25 mm) and with two pairs of pliers I curved the nails to create little hooks. I did this by holding the pointy end of the nail with one pair of pliers (keeping it stationary) and grabbing the other end of the nail with the second pair of pliers and bending the nail upward. With a hammer I lightly tapped the nails in to the back of the hutch so that they were secure. On the other side of the hutch, I trimmed one of the shelves to fit around door latch, wrote ‘Mail’ on to it with an acrylic paint pen and I now have a place to store any outgoing mail I might need to remember. I also keep a little note ready with tape in case I am going out and need to instruct the parcel man to leave any packages in the garage.
The final thing I did was to take some vintage handles which I had leftover from a different restoration project, I spray painted them in a metallic silver and attached them in substitute to the modern handles the bathroom hutch had. I had to poke through he wallpaper to fasten the hutch to wall, but it was easy to do given the wholes were already there.
Like I said, the key hutch is not only a great addition to the security and organisation of your home, but it offers an additional space to decorate. Here I have just put a printed fall themed image that I found on Pinterest into a frame, a vase with some foliage I cut from my garden and a little hedgehog I painted at our local paint on pottery place (which helps to hide the unsightly alarm system).
Come at me burglars! Let’s see you try to break in now! (Just kidding- if you are a burglar and reading this, please don’t actually try to break in…)