These Old Nails

It’s no surprise that we love adding art to a room before we can say done! (Right now, we have a stash of framed pieces under the guest room bed, waiting to be hung on the kitchen walls. Oh, kitchen, you silly thing!) The workshop was no exception, and you might remember seeing this guy on the wall?


During the days of dust, debris and the sound of the never-ending air compressor (I have grown to loathe that sound more than any other sound – ever), our contractor saved a handful of century old nails for us. We were so touched by the sentiment, and we began to save even more as we took down walls and shuffled a few doors. We stored them in a sandwich bag (yup), and as we wrapped up the workshop, we agreed it’d be the perfect room to display them in! For real, they don’t make them like they used to.

I’m sharing the shadowbox how-to on the Crate & Barrel blog today, which can be easily implemented for any keepsake. Read the tutorial here, and happy making!

13 replies on “These Old Nails”

  1. All along I thought you guys photographed the nails! This is even freaking better! How awesome! and thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  2. Thank you for the idea. I have antique keys — some are skeleton keys, some are not — that I’d love to display. I’ve been struggling with how to do it, but a shadow box may be the best route to go.

  3. This is a great tutorial! I loved the idea about the thin wire. I have some old, really ornate doorplates that the previous owner removed from my house (all the doors have matching ones), and I’ve wondered how I wanted to display these. May just have to do this!

  4. What a great idea to remember where you started from & it looks fantastic!

  5. I love this kind of art that ties into our lives. My friend did something similar with her cat’s whiskers! Occasionally when she found a shed whisker on tbe floor she’d toss it into a dish on a shelf. When her beloved kitty passed she mounted the whiskers in a shadow box – one for each of Trixie’s 13 years. Its very simple and beautiful and looks like purrs.

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