You can make vintage key magnets in 10 minutes or less. I went through my stash of antique keys and put together the refrigerator magnets. The project took no more than 10 minutes and I had all this free time so I went on the hunt for more stuff.
A short time later I had magnets made from vintage drawer pulls and funky hardware. The magnets have character and are real beauties. They certainly stand out next to my freebie advertising magnets and travel/tourist trap magnets.
Another project that makes me smile. I would hate to see these vintage and antique pieces end up in the metal recycling bin. There are so many things you can do with these. Some people make angel tree ornaments using antique keys.
The long hardware pull is my own unique take on refrigerator magnets. The furniture pull has a magnet on each end. Usually, there is one magnet glued to a small decorative item. I can’t do anything the regular way.
Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and we are welcoming a new blogger on the tour, Pam from House of Hawthornes. My thrifty friends always have a unique take on their budget creations. Links to their posts are listed after my magnet tutorial.
I have two jars of keys. One jar is mainly junk keys and the other holds vintage keys. I pulled out 3 of my favorite vintage keys to work with. I noticed the vintage keys are attracted to the magnets but the newer keys aren’t. Different composition.
These are the pulls and junk things from my hardware stash. As I mentioned earlier I liked the idea of using the long furniture pulls for magnets.
The first thing I did was polish the hardware with Howard’s wax. Some of the pieces were a little rusty and the wax keeps the rust from rubbing off on stuff. I use Howard's Wax on just about everything. It's great for antiquing painted furniture, bringing wood mirrors back to life, softening leather, etc.
I have a package of magnets I bought at Hobby Lobby and I also have some that came from the thrift store. Always check out the small stuff (usually in bags hanging on hooks) at the thrift store. Magnets are pricy. I used clear Gorilla Glue to stick the magnets to the hardware. Not sure how long it takes the glue to dry. I let the magnets sit over night.
Notice how I have all the hardware and magnets separated? Put those darn things too close together and they all hug on each other. Not good until the glue dries!
Now see, isn’t the long hardware pull cool as a magnet? I wasn’t sure how to best stage the magnets so I just pulled out my folder of inspiration pages torn from magazines and stuck them on the fridge.
The antique keys and vintage hardware magnets are more like art than magnets. I did a good job. Can you see me patting myself on the back. I'm eating a piece of chocolate too.
I stuck the magnets on my yellow antique pie safe. They sure pop against the bright yellow. As you can see the pieces will make their way around the house.
Which magnet is your favorite? Do you like them? Are you digging through your junk drawer yet? My favorites are.....all of them...I can't pick just one.
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com