5 Minute DIY- Color Code Your Keys

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My Pinspiration was a post from the lovely blog Happiness is…To Each Their Own. who did a glitter key- But I did not have glitter or glue and did not want to buy any, so I decided to use my new Spring colors set of nail polish I had!

I did two coats on each side. The only task that took up time was waiting for one side to dry before painting the other side.

I had to include one of the outtakes- my little helper kept grabbing my props & knocking them over, thank you for your patience cutie!

Kalia wanted to play & eat the keys (which, she of course, was not allowed to do)

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  1. ellysan

    April 18th, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Great idea if you can remember which key belongs to which color^_^

  2. Laurel

    April 18th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Haha! This is true

  3. nancy carlson

    October 3rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Paint a little spot on the lock??

  4. Phebe Durand

    June 23rd, 2017 at 3:32 am

    OCD but … in my index card box of miscellaneous info I included a "key legend" – there's a strip of the color, and beside it the lock it belongs to. On the opposite side, an inventory of how many of the key exists and who has them.

  5. Keri

    April 19th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I love this so much, I made my own within 5 minutes of reading your post. Thank you! Where did you get the pack of nail polish?

  6. Laurel

    April 19th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Thank you Keri! I got the nail polish pack at TJ Maxx, I love that store, and I think it was only $5!

  7. erinmaryz

    April 20th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    I love this! But before I do it, do the colors actually stay on the keys or does it chip off right away? Thanks!

  8. Laurel

    April 20th, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Thank you Erin! Mine have been on with no chipping for about a month now. I do not really know how long it might stay on, but I plan on changing out the colors here and there. Maybe I will update in the future how long it has been going!

  9. Melissa

    April 24th, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I've done this to my keys, it didn't last for more than a few weeks before it all chipped off. Maybe the brand of nail polish affects how long it will stay on.

  10. Keri

    April 27th, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I used two brands of nail polish on mine and one is very slightly scratching around the ring, but the other is still holding strong. I don't care about the scratches because it's an easy fix, plus I'm just so happy to be able to tell my work keys from my personal keys.

  11. Laurel

    April 27th, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Keri, that makes sense, I think it depends on the brand you use, Melissa. I have been following up on Pinterest and so many commenters said I have been doing this for years and love it… And a couple said their's came off right away.
    If you really wanted to get serious, you could get spray adhesive that would keep it on forever!

  12. Becky

    June 8th, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Maybe you could use sand paper on the keys to dull the shine on them before you used the polish or paint. Also I would use polish remover or something similar to clean any oils, dust (from sanding) or any residue that might be on them first.

  13. Laurel

    June 11th, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Great ideas Becky! Thank you!!

  14. Anonymous

    July 8th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    You might could also apply a clear coat of nail polish to make it last longer.

  15. Kathy

    July 19th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Yes popping a sealant over it would more than likely last longer…what a fab idea though..thankyou

  16. Nadir@StitchSense

    April 20th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Hi, I'm visiting from the Serenity Now link party. I loooove this idea, I'm forever fitting which key goes in which door in our house this seem like it would be the perfect solution. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! Oh & the baby pic hand is my favorite! So sweet!!! πŸ™‚

  17. Laurel

    April 21st, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Hi Nadir! Thank you for coming by! I must admit, the baby hand pic is my favorite too- love her!!!

  18. Shannon MadiganMade

    April 21st, 2012 at 12:59 am

    This is such a great idea!! Sometimes simple solutions are always the best. Love the fun colors you used, too.

  19. Laurel

    April 21st, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Thank you Shannon!

  20. Nicole N.

    April 21st, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you! I'm going to do my keys for work – hope the principal doesn't mind πŸ™‚

  21. Laurel

    April 21st, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    LOL, I cannot be held responsible! πŸ™‚ Thank you for commenting!

  22. Organize with Sandy

    April 22nd, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I have seen that pin with the glitter and have liked it. I think yours came out great! I pinned them for you, but I'm also going to feature them tomorrow on my Monday Organizing & DIY link party. Thanks for linking up.

  23. Laurel

    April 23rd, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Thank you Sandy, and thank you for the linky party!

  24. Rachel {Lines Across}

    April 26th, 2012 at 3:16 am

    These are so beautiful. The colors look great together and I love your baby's hand in the picture… adorable. I featured this at Lines Across.

  25. Laurel

    April 26th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Hi Rachel! Great blog, thank you so much for sharing it on your page!

  26. Susie Newday

    April 26th, 2012 at 5:54 am

    That is such a great idea!!!!!!!!!

  27. Laurel

    April 26th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you Susie!

  28. Sarah

    May 7th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    this is a great idea. i would so do this except that i work for a university & think i would get in trouble if i messed w/ their keys. πŸ™‚ so i'll continue to stand at the doors and fiddle with 5 different keys til i find which one fits. πŸ™‚ at least they're on a separate ring from my car keys!

  29. Laurel

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Sarah!
    Maybe you can just do a dot and feign innocence if anyone notices πŸ™‚

  30. BluBee

    May 8th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    You could try sanding the keys a bit first to remove any grease etc from the surface then the polish would probably stay on longer…use a top coat too if you really want durability. Lovely idea…I have so many colours to choose from,where to begin!

  31. Laurel

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Not a bad idea! Thank you!

  32. Brooklyn Summers

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I love these!!!!
    I so need to try this!!!!:)
    It will be one more thing to add to my already colorful collection! Thx for the idea!!!!!

  33. Laurel

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much :))

  34. Handmade Cuties

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Pinned! Great project =)

  35. Laurel

    May 9th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for pinning AND leaving a comment- you are awesome!

  36. The Craft-Arty Kid

    May 12th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Fantastic idea. I'm always mixing up my keys so some simple, and pretty, colour-coding will do the trick!

  37. Laurel

    June 1st, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you! Works great for me!

  38. 08n23n08

    May 21st, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    What's the nail polish brand?

  39. Laurel

    May 21st, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I do not know the brand, sorry, it was some special Spring color set I picked up at TJ Maxx.
    Thank you!

  40. Anonymous

    June 1st, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I used this trick to color code my school keys. I work at two schools so I used my school colors to code my keys! Saves time when trying to grab the right one.

  41. Laurel

    June 1st, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for commenting! Saves time and such an easy fix!

  42. Anonymous

    June 2nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    How is possible that I never before imagine that beauty idea πŸ˜€ amazing the glitter key and the color ones

  43. Laurel

    June 3rd, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I love the glitter key… I think I will do that next!

  44. robyn

    July 18th, 2012 at 3:03 am

    So clever – thanks for the idea!

  45. Gina

    July 27th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I began this project with some red glittery polish tonight, but it is coming off more dimensionally than the keys in this pic. I don't know how long it will last, or if I will (as I do with my fingernails) just end up peeling it off. :)~

    (posted this on Pinterest here too –

    What brand of polish did you use that worked so well?

  46. Anne

    August 10th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    What a great idea ! This is nice, yours colours are wonderful. I used to put different stickers on my keys, but that is nicer. Thanks.

  47. Ly*

    August 23rd, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Nice idea… I just post about it in my blog (with your credits, of course!)

  48. Marlou

    August 29th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hello! I found your DIY post on the Craftgawker site. It's really great! Just want you to know I used your method and it worked! You can read and see it on my blog, hope you like and don't mind it! πŸ™‚

  49. Jennifer@DreamingofJune

    October 27th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Cute idea! I found this on Pinterest and created my own with a link back to you!!

  50. Jennifer

    March 8th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Nice idea for make a better key…

  51. Angelica

    March 8th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Good idea…

  52. Anonymous

    November 3rd, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you so much! I painted both side of the keys and taped the other end to the edge of the table to make the project a little faster

  53. Anonymous

    January 13th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    damn it i just made 2 new colored key for 10$ each ..

    i should have used my wife nail polish to color mine ..

    thank u .. <3

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    April 16th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Your blog is great! Inspired me to make my own color-coded keys! I credited your blog on my post. Check it out here:

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  57. cncgamingfactory

    May 16th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I'm curious, it's 2 years later, how is this working for you? πŸ™‚

  58. Andrew Smith

    December 23rd, 2014 at 6:51 am

    This is great idea for colors actually stay on the keys. More information click on this Car Keys.

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    January 7th, 2015 at 11:38 am

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