Sunday, January 16, 2011

Easy but Fabulous Paint Chip Wall Art



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I had a wall in my kitchen that was just begging for some art. I first saw this idea on Mod Podge Rocks and fell in love with it. I saw a cute version on The Boatwright Family Blog too. This was originally inspired by this piece on the Ballard Designs Website. But who wants to pay almost $300 for something you can make for under $10?


My first stop was at Home Depot for some paint chips. I grabbed a stack of different colors (sorry, Home Depot) and brought them home. I then laid them out and removed some of the colors that didn't work.


I then measured the smaller side, and it measured 3.25 inches, so I got out my cutting mat and my exacto blade and cut the longer side down so it'd be a square. Then it was time to do some math. I knew that I wanted the final piece to be a square, so after doing some multiplication, figured out that my final piece would be 32.5 by 32.5 inches, so 10 squares by 10 squares. So I had hubby stop by Home Depot on the way home from work, and pick up a piece of 4x8 plywood for $8, and they cut it down to size, for free. I heart free. I also had him pick up some blue paint chips, since my neutral color pallet was looking a bit blah. I then painted all the edges of the board a dark brown.

So my next step was to lay out all of my squares, and figure out my pattern. Then I stacked them in order.

So after I stacked them, I laid out a handful of them on a tray covered with tin foil, brought them outside, sprayed them with 3M spray adhesive, brought them back inside, and laid them down and used a card to smooth them down. Then did that about 4 billion times until I was finished with the whole board.


Then, after those were done, I put mod podge on the board and brushed it out. I did three layers of mod podge. I like texture, so I made sure there were a lot of brush strokes in my layers.


I let those dry for a day, and then got out some wood stain. I used Minwax "Dark Walnut". I would put on a layer, take most of it off, let it dry, and then repeat. I did three layers of the stain.

Hubsters says I always look mad in pictures. I think I look like I'm concentrating.
If after you put on all the layers of stain, but there are just a couple of paint chips that are still too bright, you can just put the stain on those ones, let it sit, and then gently wipe it off.


Excuse the camera flash, it was the only way I could get the mod podge texture to show up. The stain would settle in the crevices, but I like that.
One of the things that hubby and I loved so much about the Ballard Designs piece was the gold sheen to it. So on the final coat of the mod podge that I put on top of everything, I added some shimmery gold craft paint in a ratio of one part gold paint to 4 parts mod podge, give or take.

So after you have your super amazing hubby hang it...


You are left with this!

You can see the gold sheen in this pic.
Hubby told me to "Vanna White" it.






*I stacked my paint chips in order from 1 to 100.  But somewhere between stacking them, spraying them with glue, and laying them out, they got out of order. Luckily I was going for a random pattern, so it didn't matter anyway. But if you're going for a specific pattern, it'd be worth numbering them all. Don't press too hard, or you'll see the indentations on the front.
*Use a darker stain than you think you'll need. Since you're wiping most of it off, a lighter color isn't going to show at all. Always remember that it's easier to add than it is to remove.

Are you going to make one? I had the mod podge, stain, gold paint, and 3M glue already. So with the free paint chips (Thank you Home Depot), I paid $8 for the board. And I have a ton of wood left over, hubby wants me to make an all blue and gray one for the master bathroom. So this project cost me under $10.

If you make your own paint chip art, please link back and let me know so I can check it out. Happy Crafting!

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Tom Rinard said... [Reply to comment]

The master at work!! You are so awesome!! I love everything that you do!! You are so talented!!

Miss Madison's Mommy said... [Reply to comment]

Very creative!! You have a great eye for color, I love the ones you picked and pattern you used {even if you did it randomly!}. I love the size of it too, it really makes a statement!

jandjhome said... [Reply to comment]

Whwat a great piece of art. So creative and just looks awesome!

Rebekah said... [Reply to comment]

That looks amazing! You did a great job! The end result is really a work of art! I would love to have something like that in my own house!

Pam said... [Reply to comment]

Who would have ever guessed how nice that could look from paint chips. Nice job.

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said... [Reply to comment]

What an amazing idea!!! I love the finished look and you make it look so simple.

C.R.A.F.T. said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful! Come on over and link up to MMM :)

http://www.creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com/

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said... [Reply to comment]

I am SOOO impressed, Jen! I'm bookmarking it for future project. I'm following you now, too ;)

Ellen said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I am a new follower...I love your paint chip wall art too! I think I may love it more than mine. I wish I had thought of just using a board backing instead of a canvas...anyway, yours is great!

Jill said... [Reply to comment]

That turned out beautifully! I also like how you share what you learned on all your projects!

Jennifer Juniper said... [Reply to comment]

It turned out fantastic and I love the twist you put on it with the gold sheen! Thank you for showing me your final project - this tutorial of mine has really taken off!

Dayna said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! Thanks for dropping by my blog and becoming a follower. I've just done the same. Can't wait to see what you do next!

Jolene Grace said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely ADORE this. You are incredibly creative! (I'm visiting from the DIY Show off blog.) I think I'll be working on a similar project soon!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said... [Reply to comment]

Great job! I love the colors you selected :D

Bonnie @ the Boatwright Family said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for linking to me! Yours looks fantastic!

My House of L said... [Reply to comment]

I love that...great job!

Gaby said... [Reply to comment]

This looks so awesome! I actually just finished something similar to this, but I used cardstock instead. Using paint chips is an awesome idea. I love how it turned out!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said... [Reply to comment]

seriously, i am in love with this!!! i see a trip to home depot in my future :)

The Loops said... [Reply to comment]

This is amazing! I must try!

Becolorful said... [Reply to comment]

I also saw this in the catalog and then saw that someone somewhere along the way had made their own but I love love love how yours turned out and the tutorial. I am thinking of maybe doing this treatment on a tray. I appreciated the glazing techniques and the number of coats you put on your piece. It seems silly but that info really helps. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful's Motivated Monday. I will be featuring this next week.
Pam

the cape on the corner said... [Reply to comment]

looks great-love the size and the colors!

Maggie said... [Reply to comment]

Great job - I love it!

SmileMonsters said... [Reply to comment]

That looks really great. I did some small ones but would really like to do a large one. I always feel bad swiping large amounts of paint chips though!

Jo @ SmileMonsters

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said... [Reply to comment]

@SmileMonsters

Oh my gosh, me too! But there are 4 Home Depots around us, so we hit them all up and just took a few from each, instead of all from one. Made my conscience feel better, even though they are there for free :)

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said... [Reply to comment]

Ok--I am in LOVE with this project!!! It looks amazing! Thank you for giving such great step by step instructions! This is definatley going in my file! (Found you at Someday Crafts!) :o)

Meg said... [Reply to comment]

That's amazing! You did a wonderful job. I love it! And the price?!? That kind of stuff just makes me grin...what's PB thinking? You did a great job!

aggieam01 said... [Reply to comment]

So impressive! I love this :)

Bella said... [Reply to comment]

VERY COOL, there are the most fabulous paint chips at the store, I'm always collecting them, BUT never do anything with them. Thanks for showing us yet another example of HOW beautiful, almost free can be, I LOVE IT...

THANKS for supporting my blog, and linking up to **Amaze me August**, YAYYY, now make it a habit girl, I want to see you every time. LOL.

Thanks a ton,

Bella :)

Tys said... [Reply to comment]

Ok, this is really spectacular! Kudos! I think it's fabulous! Now I'm trying to think of somewhere in my house I can do this ;)

Visiting you from Kate's Flaunt it Friday!

Ann said... [Reply to comment]

wow I love it! I probably have enough paint chips in my house for that project!

Twigs and Twirls said... [Reply to comment]

This looks awesome !!! Talk about inexpensive wall art. This is definately going on my to do list.

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said... [Reply to comment]

Really fantastic project idea! I'll have to try this sometime. Hopped over from Flaunt It Friday. Come check me out at Ninth Street Notions and link up at I Made It! Monday.

Chas said... [Reply to comment]

What a great project. Cheap too! I love how it turned out!

The Exchange said... [Reply to comment]

Oh this turned out fabulous!!! I just love it and your tutorial is terrific. I think I'm going to make one!!

Allison @ House of Hepworths said... [Reply to comment]

So cute! I will be featuring your project this Thursday at my weekly link party, Hookin Up with HoH #34.

I'm letting you know in advance as I'll be out of town during the party and will be unable to notify you on Thursday.

Please feel free to stop by and grab a button on Thursday!

~Allison @ House of Hepworths

Tammy said... [Reply to comment]

hey, just checking, did you ever get your Everyday Blessings sign? love this piece you made. take care tammy

xinex said... [Reply to comment]

Oh what a great job you did! Just perfect!...Christine

LP said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for following me! I just saw this post and I am so impressed...it looks like a fancy-pants piece of art that would be seriously overpriced somewhere...it's awesome!!! Great work!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Okay, seriously, that's one of the coolest ideas ever! I'm so doing this!!!

mary said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE this!!! Just found you back thru the linky swap! Fab!

Chrissy said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a great project, but how many paint chips did you need? It looks really cool on your wall and how great your hubby helped you.
Visiting from SMWYG party.

Tammy said... [Reply to comment]

thanks for linking with type a, i love this piece. it's gorgeous, even better than the origial.

Jes said... [Reply to comment]

Wow that turned out really well!

http://momsaysprettyis.blogspot.com.html said... [Reply to comment]

it's my first time visiting your blog (i'm kinda new to blogging!)
i LOVE your art! so awesome :) thanks for sharing.
i got here through "we are that family" and then "type a"

Green Door Girl said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE this - I bought the target version of the Ballard one, but still way more than $10! I definitely might have to do a version for my girls rooms in pink! Great job!

OurForeverHouse said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my paint chip art. I saw yours last night and absolutely love it. I may do one like yours either for above our fire place or in our master bedroom. I love how you antiqued it.

Trica (Tree' - ka) said... [Reply to comment]

Wow!! I love it!!

Courtney said... [Reply to comment]

very cool, i love it!!

sarah@homeismore said... [Reply to comment]

what an amazing idea. :)

Emily {WhipperBerry} said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful! I love how it turned out, and your tutorial is perfect. Thanks for linking up!

Shirley @These Moments of Mine said... [Reply to comment]

ThHis looks incredible!!!! I love the way it came out!

Lorrie Everitt Studio said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful ... what a great idea for all of the paint chips that I pick up and don't use ... and can't bear to throw out! Thanks for sharing.

Gail said... [Reply to comment]

I love this idea! I think I will make it narrower and longer for my wall. I'm following you from now on. You're so clever!

paige renee said... [Reply to comment]

This looks great and your instructions and tips are so helpful! I have been thinking about making a blue and gray version for our master bedroom for a while now - I think this officially convinced me to do it! :)

Creative Escapes said... [Reply to comment]

WOW - this is awesome!!!! I have a drawer full of paint chips - what a great idea!!!

I found you over at Homemaker on a Dime - and am now your newest follower. If you get a chance, would love for you to come by and say hi!!!

I loved your candle stick makeovers with the wooden disks too!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

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Mom2AngelBoys said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
I want to make one now!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said... [Reply to comment]

Such a creative project! Looks great girl.

Angi said... [Reply to comment]

I so LOVE this!!! Awesome:)

...m... said... [Reply to comment]

VERY Creative! I love this idea!!! I will have to borrow it and recreate it for my house!

Thanks for the awesome comment you left on my blog, and for following me as well. I'm also following you now. :o)

Cortney said... [Reply to comment]

This is so awesome! I like it better than the original one!

debsglassonion said... [Reply to comment]

Hi!! I loved this idea so much I had to try it! Here is the link to how mine turned out!
http://debsglassonion.wordpress.com
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Krafty Kat said... [Reply to comment]

That looks amazing! I love the texture from the mod podge and stain and gold paint. I will have to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

Lauren @ YoungNester said... [Reply to comment]

This is fantastic! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

www.youngnester.blogspot.com

Aimee said... [Reply to comment]

That is amazing, and inspired me to try it on a smaller scale ~
I am your newest follower, hope you will stop by & follow me back (and check out my copy-cat version of your project, too!)

Aimee @
justkiddingaroundatlanta

Dianne said... [Reply to comment]

How cute...I have always thought that surely there had to be something to do with all those paint chips I bring home...thanks for sharing

Saby said... [Reply to comment]

Wow - this is such an awesome project!! I so have to do one for our house...I think I may randomly insert black/white or sepia pictures of our kids throughout too. Love, love, love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

Jo said... [Reply to comment]

What a great job I have bookmarked it for a future project...I've got a bizzillion paint chips already!

Doda said... [Reply to comment]

that's genius, I love it. Need to remember that. I'm needing to make some art for around here.

Erin @ The Little Apartment said... [Reply to comment]

wow, this is GREAT. I'm totally saving this for later.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said... [Reply to comment]

AMAZING, I have seen something like this before but yours is a thousand times better. Thanks for sharing!!!

Becca said... [Reply to comment]

This. is. ah. maze. ing. Seriously! I have been looking for something with simple steps that can still feel like a labor of love and I have a feeling this is it! I can't wait to grab some chips and get going. I am like you and have most of the supplies already! Thanks for the awesome inspiration and on a side note... what a beautiful family! I will definitely be back for more of your crafty wisdom.

JoDee said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome!!! Seriously--I love love love love it. My living room is in need of a big piece of artwork--I totally think this is it! Thanks for the inspiration!

kajr said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the inspiration. I hung my version on the wall today.

Jean said... [Reply to comment]

I love love love what you did! Thanks for inspiring me and showing how simple and easy it could be to make such a beautiful piece of art!
Thanks for sharing!!!

Chelsea Stalnaker said... [Reply to comment]

I love you and your blog. And this particular post. There is a huge blank white wall in my livingroom that needs color and I can never decide what color it needs, but something like this would be perfect!

p.s. you're awesome.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

I'm trying this right now. We are going to do 4 different squares. One in each color shade of, red, blue, green and yellow. Got everything at Home Depot too. The hardest part is deciding where each paint chip should go!

Jolyn said... [Reply to comment]

Hello, I so love this and was wondering if you ever made the gray and blue one for your bedroom. I'm thinking of making one along those colors blues, whites,grays,maybe black, and might add accent color like yellow or something but would love to c ur gray and blues if you did that one. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
Jolyn

Queen Aly said... [Reply to comment]

I just saw your post at HoH and I am totally in love with this... I think this maybe what my wall is missing! Now to see if I can actually do this because me and crafty-ness do not usually go together!

[[imPERFECTION]] said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE this!! I'm going to try my hand at this soon! Thank you so much for making the instructions so easy!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I featured this project on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you will stop by and check it out.
http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/08/fun-friday-finds-paint-chips.html

Kerri said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome, and looks beautiful but your instructions are hard to read. The ads are interfering with the text. Can you fix? I'd love to read the entire post. :)

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JennyFace said... [Reply to comment]

Just figuring out this Blogger stuff... but I loved making this! Here is my "Paint Chip Wall Art"...

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2245039739881.120267.1664764722&l=7b7a19e76b&type=1

Thanks! :o)

April said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so much for the inspiration, this is just fabulous! Just hung up my own version of it last week, and blogged about it today!

BELA said... [Reply to comment]

Lindo demais!!!! ParabĂ©ns pelo trabalho maravilhoso que vocĂȘ fez!
Beijos e fica com Deus
Bela

Kindra-At Home With K said... [Reply to comment]

So cool. My son would love a piece of art like this!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop said... [Reply to comment]

Hey Jen!!!
Hope this finds you doing well. I would love for you to link this post up to my very first Link Party I have going on. I still think of you every time I pass the paint dept at Lowe's.

ammaka said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! I love this wall art! What did you use for a hanging fixture for such a thin board?

Lindsay said... [Reply to comment]

youre awesome. i followed this step by step and viola, my project looks amazing! my friend loved it so much that im now making one for her. love, love, love it! thank you for posting :)

OkSoItsJenn said... [Reply to comment]

AHHH! I love this!! I will be making this weekend, but I think I will be making mine out of an old pallet! It looks fabulous!!!!

rescueweims said... [Reply to comment]

I love yours!! I made one over the course of last week and not quite sure if I love it yet. :/ I think I may have added too much gold to the last coat of mod podge. Also, there are quite a few bubbles in my paint chips...did you experience that?

Yours is fabulous!!

Life, Crafts and Whatever said... [Reply to comment]

@rescueweims

I didn't have any bubbles in my paint chips. It might be because I put a crap ton of spray adhesive on the back and waited until it was completely dry.

Melissa McMommy said... [Reply to comment]

Love this! I've been searching for artwork to tie together with our couch pillows. It never occurred to me to make my own art. One (dumb) question, though...what is the reason for putting wood stain on it?

Love Of Quilts said... [Reply to comment]

Supper!

Ellen Keller said... [Reply to comment]

This is such a great idea, and such a great way to get EXACTLY the colors you want..I also love how adaptable this one project could be to any room and any size you want it to be. I've been looking for some decorative element for a mudroom I've had in progress for about six months, and now I'm at the fun part. The not so fun part is trying to find something perfect that costs nothing..this is awesome, thanks for posting this, I can NOT wait to do this!