DIY Colour Coded Key Makeover



DIY Key Make OVer

Picture the scene:  you are standing at your front door, it’s freezing cold, your hands are like blocks of ice and when you finally put your key into the lock so you can get into your warm, cosy house…….disaster strikes……’s the wrong key!!! After a few (or many) swear words, with your frozen fingers you manage to find the other key to place into the lock and you finally get into your warm home.  Sounds familiar? This is me most of the time, guaranteed that on the coldest day/night, that will be when I use the wrong key!!  So I decided to do something about it before the snow arrives.  I have loads of nail varnish (I’m ashamed to say that some are a few years old) so I came up with the idea to colour code my keys by painting the top of the keys with a different colour so I could tell which key was the front door and which was the back. This DIY is so easy to do and saves a lot of time fumbling for the right key once they are colour coded.


Colour Coded Key Makeover

How To Make:

Remove keys from your key ring.
Apply nail varnish to the top of each key only, nail varnish in the grooves of the key might prevent it from opening your door and getting a locksmith to sort out that little problem will be quite costly!
If you go over the edges at all a cotton bud dipped into nail varnish remover will clean those bits up. You can even decorate the key with spots, stripes or glitter to make it look pretty but make sure that the bottom coat of varnish is dry first.
Finish off with either a top coat or clear nail varnish to seal the key.
Allow to dry for a few hours before using as it will smudge (this may have happened to impatient little old me!)

DIY Color Coded Keys
DIY Key Nail Varnish

It really is as easy as that plus no more standing outside in the cold trying to figure out which key goes into which lock! Let me know if you give this key colour coding a try.


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7 responses to “DIY Colour Coded Key Makeover”

  1. LOVE JOICE says:

    What a clever Idea, love it! great post, did we follow each other already? if not, would you like to follow each other? if you decided to follow me on BLOGLOVIN, please let me know so I can follow you back! thank you.

    xoxo, J

  2. Fantastic idea. I'd have not thought of doing that at all! Off to paint some keys!

    • admin says:

      Thanks, glad to have been of some help :)! If I had been more intelligent I should have checked which key was which before painting them as I would have done the back door – blue (see easy to remember!) but I didn't! Ah well! What colours did you paint yours? X

  3. Hayley Usher says:

    Brilliant idea! So simple but a real time saver =) x

    • admin says:

      Hi Hayley

      Thanks for dropping in by and for your lovely comment :)! I am getting used to what colour opens which door but as you say it will be a real time saver. xx

  4. Alana Mullen says:

    This is such a great idea! I might have to do this too as, although there is a slight size difference I still get my keys confused!
    I assume a polish remover will get it off easily enough? Just in case I move and have to hand back my jazzy keys!

    Alana | Alana Gets Healthy
    x x

    • admin says:

      Thanks Alana :)! Nail polish remover did work when I went over the edges so I can't see why it wouldn't work when you need to remove it all when you are returning your keys.

      Hope you have a lovely Christmas xx

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