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Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

As you know, we've been working on decorating our living room. I've still been looking for art for the living room because the walls are so bare. I've had my eye on these beautiful shadow boxes at Restoration Hardware for a while, but at $90 per shadow box... not in the budget! So it was time to DIY of course :)

via Restoration Hardware Key Shadow Boxes
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How to make Restoration Hardware inspired shadow boxes


I bought some unfinished wood shadow boxes at my local craft store for about $3 each. Excuse the other objects in the picture. I was working on staining multiple projects at a time ;)
Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

I stained them with Minwax "classic grey" stain with a paint brush. I didn't bother to wipe off the excess because the wood absorbed so much. I did about five coats to get the boxes as dark as I wanted them.

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

Once dry, I gave the boxes a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper. Then I painted the insides of the boxes with a grey acrylic paint.

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

Then I used some acrylic paint and a stiff paint brush (I used a stencil brush) to dry brush over the stain. To dry brush, you just barely put any paint on your brush in order to get that streaky look. Love it!

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

I found these keys at Michael's for $1 each and bought some textured linen paper. You can also find skeleton keys on Amazon and eBay.

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

Next, I mounted my linen paper with Glue Dots. I love Glue Dots so much! They're easy to use and they work so well!

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

I painted the keys with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Just one coat should do the trick.

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

Last, but not least!! I used hot glue to secure the keys to the paper in the center of each shadow box. 

And here they are completed and hung on the wall! Easy and affordable DIY wall art!! :)

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

Easy DIY Restoration Hardware inspired skeleton key shadow boxes. Get the look for less with this knock off idea!

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12 comments

  1. SO gorgeous! LOVE how these turned out!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristi!! :) I love budget friendly projects!!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I love simple projects like this :)

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  3. I love this! It's easy to put together but looks great! Thanks for linking up with Hump Day Happenings.

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  4. I'm currently collecting decor ideas for my new apartment, so I'm definitely pinning this! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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  5. Nicole! This inspired me to do something similar in the bedroom! I'll have to send you pictures!

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  6. I love this! I've been looking for keys like that for a while now. Good to know I can find them at Michaels, for cheap too!

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  7. Way nicer than theirs!

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