The other week I came across a beautiful hall tree that we restored & gave to my in-laws for Christmas. The piece had a beautiful dark finish and pretty carvings that made it a perfect fit for their foyer. The only problem was that the bottom cabinet was locked, and the original owner didn't have a key for the skeleton lock. Feeling pretty confident in my criminal ability to break in to just about anything, I wasn't worried at all about this until I found out how difficult these can be to break into without ruining the surrounding door. As I usually do, I started extensively perusing Google to find the answer to all my problems. My time was short, so hunting down a replacement skeleton key at surrounding antique stores was out of the question. I also didn't want to pay a locksmith to break into it, either. One suggestion was to jimmy the lock with a screwdriver, but that would have damaged the door. I was really trying to avoid that. I tried allen wrenches, bobby pins, nails, you name it, and much swearing ensued. I was really at a loss, so I took ahard look at my toolbox & found this paint can opener. It was truly the answer to my prayers. The opener was just skinny enough, but thick enough to fit into the lock opening and be strong enough to turn it. The lip on the bottom of the opener had just enough curve to allow it to turn the lock. I was so relieved! No damage, super easy and the best part - didn't cost me a dime. Skeleton locks are often found on vintage pieces, and also, quite often, the key is missing. If you need a safe way to pick skeleton locks with no damage to your next antique find, try using a paint can opener! Like PaperCanvasEtc on Facebook to keep up with all our design ideas and quirky thoughts, and as always - Happy Designing!