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 says:

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

  2. Keri says:

    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?

  3. Laurel says:

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

  4. erinmaryz says:

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

    • Laurel says:

      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!

    • Melissa says:

      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.

    • Keri says:

      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.

    • Laurel says:

      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!

    • Becky says:

      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.

    • Laurel says:

      Great ideas Becky! Thank you!!

    • Anonymous says:

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

    • Kathy says:

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

  5. 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™‚

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

  7. Nicole N. says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Susie Newday says:

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

  11. Sarah says:

    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!

  12. BluBee says:

    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!

  13. 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!!!!!

  14. Pinned! Great project =)

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

  16. 08n23n08 says:

    What's the nail polish brand?

  17. Anonymous says:

    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.

  18. Anonymous says:

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

  19. robyn says:

    So clever – thanks for the idea!

  20. Gina says:

    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?

  21. Anne says:

    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.

  22. Ly* says:

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

  23. Marlou says:

    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™‚

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

  25. Jennifer says:

    Nice idea for make a better key…

  26. Anonymous says:

    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

  27. Anonymous says:

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

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