Why I made a simple key nook:
- Easy, simple project that helped us organize and “never” loose our keys again (yeah right)
Would I do it again?
Absolutely we use this every day, multiple times a day. Great place to tuck away keys, work badges, we even put mail here that needs to go out in the morning.
This project started with scrap plywood, thin (1/4″ – 3/8″ is best). It should be thin enough that it doesn’t take away all your depth in the wall, but thick enough that you can glue it together without it being to flimsy.
This is a wall right at the garage entrance for our house. The other side of this wall is a bathroom, so it’s an interior wall. I checked both walls (hallway and bathroom) for signs of “danger” in the wall. There were no outlets, vents, plumbing fixtures, etc. There is a bedroom above this part of the house, but this wall doesn’t align with any walls up there, so finding electrical lines running through was low risk. Still, it’s worth checking the area underneath in the basement if you have access.
With everything pointing to an empty space between studs, I used a stud finder to locate the…well….studs. With these marked I lightly drew out a square on the wall between these studs. Using a drywall saw I cut a small hole to look inside and confirm the emptiness, then cut out my square. With the drywall removed I was able to get more accurate measurements of the distance between the studs, depth of the inside of the wall to the painted edge of the drywall and build my plywood box to fit.
This popped into the hole and was screwed to each stud, with the screw sunk below the surface. Some scrap trim was used to frame it out and cover the jaggedy drywall edges. All the gaps and screw holes were filled with paintable caulk and then a couple coats of some gloss white.
Finished out with some hooks and a few fake little plants. Those plants have since been knocked from the nook and only one remains.
Check another one off the list…..what’s next?