Word of the Year is Organization – A Thrift Store Quick-Over

If I was to choose one word for 2017 it would be organization. I took a little break from the blog to start working on my goal of becoming totally over the top organized. Organization of the entire house, containers and shop are in order. I hate it when some tools are in one building, some tools in another, some in one room and other tools in even other rooms. Get the idea? I have scattered items in lots of places so my goal is to consolidate. Now just a note here, I am not just talking about tools. LOL! So today I am going to show you my new organization thrift store quick-over.

With organization in mind, I decided to do a little Quick-Over on a thrift store purchase. I did not like seeing the extra keys hanging in the kitchen so when I found this little key holder cabinet at the thrift store I snapped it up.  It can sit on a counter or hang up. I figured if I didn’t hang it up that I would probably knock it over.

This little key holder cabinet has a very thin layer of cork on it which really wouldn’t hold a thumbtack. So I knew I would be changing that. But first a new color!

What really drew me to this cabinet was its small size, 6 key hooks, the door and the little shelf on top. 

I really wanted to get this done and so I reached for Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Tidal Pond. The color is very rich. I sprayed right over the cork as I knew I would be covering it up.

I just realized I didn’t take a photo of the front where I painted over the cork! The paint is wet in this photo so that is why it looks shiny. It dries to a very nice matte chalky finish. After the paint was dry I sanded some so it would look more vintage/used and not freshly painted. 

I decided to add a piece of metal to the front. I had bought some of these metal tiles from the local Craft Warehouse some time ago. So I cut a piece to glue over the cork.

These tiles are metal and thin enough to cut with scissors. The really great thing about them is you can write on it like a dry erase board and it is magnetic which is a win-win in my book. I used E6000 glue and laid some heavy books on top of it until it was dry.


What do you think? Do you like the before better or the after? I would never have hung it in the kitchen the way it started out but now I am loving it and can even leave messages for Mr. Deanie.

I want to give a shout-out to Karren at Friday Features Linky and Beverly at Pink Saturday for featuring my vintage junk treasures posts. I also want to give a shout-out to Andrea at Morning Cup of Joe and Sharon at Snickerdoodle Create Make Bake Party for featuring my battery lantern turned to waterless snow globe. It is an honor to be featured! If you would like to read the posts here are the links. My recent vintage junk treasures read here and here. If you would like to see the battery lantern turned snow globe, read here.


Thank you for taking the time to read this far! I really appreciate it and love to read comments.

Wishing each of you a great journey in your hunt for vintage items and make sure to have fun along the way! Remember you are making memories!

Wishing you many blessings in 2017.


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