Key Corner

Another weekend, another DIY project in the books. I ended up at Hobby Lobby on Saturday (the third weekend in a row…) and found these really cute glass knobs. It took me forever to narrow it down and only pick 8 but I managed. We have been looking for something to put right off of the door from our garage because our car keys and mail usually end up in the kitchen and I wanted some sort of “landing” place for this stuff to keep it out of the way. So we used the knobs as hooks that we can hang our keys, lanyards, sweatshirts, etc. and built a shelf on top to put mail or other items.

I wanted to use all different knobs and mix up the clear all glass ones with the more ornate ones. I got mine for 50% off at Hobby Lobby but you can find other really cute ones and more options like these from Pier 1 and Anthropologie!

glass knobs

To make the shelf, we first measured the corner it was going to be hung on and drew it out on a piece of 3/4″ birch plywood using a T-square. Ours is about 7.5″ wide.

Measured out

We cut the shelf surface and maple border pieces and nailed the border around the outside edges.

Corner shelf

The knobs are attached to a piece of maple which is screwed into the wall right below the upper shelf to make it one piece. Before screwing in the knobs, I pre-drilled all of the holes after spacing them out.


We had to countersink the holes on the back so that the board would sit flush against the wall since the glass knobs had nuts on the back to hold them on.


The threaded piece of the knobs were extra long so once they were tightened, the ends had to be cut off using a hack saw so that they were flush with the face of the board.

Cut off ends

Then, everything was stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain and attached to the wall.

Key hooks

glass knob hooks

I saw this Let’s Stay Home picture from Kohl’s (it is on sale right now!!) and absolutely loved it. I am such a homebody and love staying home so it was perfect for my house. Jack and I ended up making our own version and printing it out on picture paper and framing it. I thought this was the perfect spot for it!

Key and Mail Drop

Now we won’t be searching for our keys as we head out the door to work or have mail cluttering up the kitchen counter. And that picture just makes me happy 🙂

Happy Monday!


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