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Small Space Organization: Key Rack

November 30, 2007 Sarah Coggins
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Old Mail and Key RackEver have that “where are my keys??” moment just before you need to leave and you’re already running late? Well, years ago I bought a simple wooden mail and key organizer from Target to hang by our front door to prevent moments like those. It served it’s purpose well, but a few months ago I was ready for a change. And, as you can see in the photo, we weren’t exactly utilizing the mail section (minus the junk in the bottom) and the key hooks were overloaded.
Pottery Barn Key Rack
Searching around online, I found a simple key rack that I absolutely loved at Pottery Barn. Nice clean lines. Lots of hooks. But, I didn’t want to pay the asking price. This looked like something I could make myself for less. So instead of point, click, buy … I drove to Michael’s and Lowes Home Improvement for supplies and made my own.


  • (1) 9″x12″ white frame
  • (1) 12″x12″ plywood sheet, 1/4″ thick
  • (4) coat hooks
  • (8) screws, washers, and nuts [The screws that came with the hooks had pointed ends which wouldn’t work. I bought flat ended screws and finished them off with nuts on the backside.]
  • white primer & white glossy paint in spray cans [from my shed 😉 ]


Step 1 Remove the glass and backing from the frame.

Step 2 Cut the plywood to size to fit your frame. Paint and set aside to dry.

Step 3 Attach painted plywood to frame with adhesive and allow to dry per instructions.

Step 4 Measure and mark locations for your hooks. Pre-drill holes and attach hooks using screws and nuts.

Step 5 Hang next to your front door or main entryway so your keys are ready the next time you head out.

DIY Key Rack Complete


  • oceans5 November 30, 2007 at 2:39 am
    Your key holder turned out great!! I bet you saved a ton of money too:)
  • Alyssa November 30, 2007 at 2:58 am
    I too love this pottery barn item. The one you made looks great! I'll have to give this a try when I get more time...just got done knocking off some pottery barn Thanksgiving place mats (on my blog!)
  • jp November 30, 2007 at 4:13 am
    So awesome! I just love Pottery Barn! You did a great job duplicating the look! :-)
  • Patter Cross November 30, 2007 at 1:23 pm
    That turned out very cute! Love it!
  • Darlene November 30, 2007 at 1:47 pm
    what a neat idea! And it looks good and didn't cost as much!

    So ingenious!
  • Ryzmomplus2 November 30, 2007 at 1:57 pm
    that came out awesome! Love checking your blog!
  • Jen Sue Wild November 30, 2007 at 3:58 pm
    Sarah that holder is wonderful what a good idea..
  • Barbara Eastwick November 30, 2007 at 5:30 pm
    That is so great - and it blends in perfectly - it looks like an architectural feature that came with the house!
  • Colleen November 30, 2007 at 7:54 pm
    Well, aren't you a crafty girl! Love this and mighe have to steal the idea (after Christmas!!)...
  • Shirley Fyfe November 30, 2007 at 8:10 pm
    Wow - that looks great! Such a wonderful idea toO!
  • toners November 30, 2007 at 11:19 pm
    Great post! I could use a lot more organization tips :) Thanks! Have a fantastic weekend!
  • CircesMagic December 1, 2007 at 12:25 am
    that is so cool, great job! Now, wanna come make me one? Huh? LOL!
  • Lorie December 1, 2007 at 1:18 am
    My SIL has the Pottery Barn key organizer that you posted and like you I love it but didn't want to pay the asking price!!

    If I can get the crafty bug to bite me I might just have to try that out!!

    Thanks for the idea!!
  • Sarah C. December 1, 2007 at 3:32 am
    Thanks for the compliments! It was so easy to make and under $20. The bulk of the cost were the hooks. If you decide to make one, feel free to email me with questions. :)
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