Paint chip art is done!

Well, it took me a while, but I finally got my paint chip piece done! If only the bathroom were ready for it…Here’s the inspiration for it.

I decided to use pink, coral, salmon, strawberry, etc. for the accent color against my light green walls, so I went to Home Depot and Lowe’s and snatched up every pinkish paint chip I could find. It’s a good thing I have a huge purse! Here’s the frame we bought at the Salvation Army thrift store for $8. It’s 17ish inches x 22ish.

I started by cutting my paint chips into 1″ by 3″ rectangles, but after playing around with them for a while, decided I wanted them to be 1″ by 2″ so that I could use more. Also I just liked that proportion better.

After I cut them all out I organized them into color groupings (here they’re still the bigger size, I think) to try to make it easier to lay them out later.

I started with the lightest and tried to pick ones with similar hues for each row minus a few since I was going for an imperfect ombré look. Despite my perfectionism, I think it turned out pretty close to imperfectly perfect. 🙂 After I had about 5 rows how I wanted them I taped the pieces of the first 3 rows to the other pieces in that row (so that each row was a separate piece). This made it a lot easier to keep going so they weren’t moving around so much. I left about 2 rows untaped so I could reorganize any pieces that weren’t quite fitting with the next rows.

I used the same piece of paper that was in the frame before as the backing. I also used the same mat, so I just traced the shape of the mat onto the paper. Then I glued the pieces all down once I had organized all the rows. I used a tiny bit of Elmer’s glue to adhere them but got a little warpy in some places, so I would recommend using double-sided tape or rubber cement.

The frame was a bit glossy and had a shiny gold paint on the inside ridge, so I sanded it lightly before painting it.

I painted it using Rustoleum Satin White spray paint. I also spray painted the mat. I already had it so why not try?

It got some dust and little stringy things from the paint on it, so once it was dry I scraped it with a razor blade. That helped a little, and now that it’s pressed behind the glass you can’t really tell. I’m happy with the result and it certainly beats paying for a new, custom mat. Next time, though, I think I’ll try regular paint and a small foam roller. So without further ado, here’s the completed piece!

Here it is in the bathroom. It’s home will be on the wall opposite the door (next to the shower) above the towel rod, but we haven’t put those up yet so we’re not sure where it needs to go.

And our countertop, while it looks pretty, is causing us some trouble. Turns out the holes for the faucet are too close to the backsplash so the drain lever won’t fit in the faucet. Oops! But it’s not our fault…it’s a standard size vanity, standard sink, and standard faucet. He had access to all of it to measure for the holes, so we’re not sure why it’s not working. We’re also not sure how it’s going to be fixed. Pretty sure the only way to fix it is to get a whole new piece. Ours was a remnant, though, so I’m praying he has enough of it left or I might be forced to make another decision! 🙁 We’ll see what happens.

Anyway, so that’s my first piece of homemade art. What do you think? I think I love it, and I think it’s going to look awesome in my bathroom!

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2 Responses to Paint chip art is done!

  1. Virginia M May 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I am a fan of paint chip art and really like how your ombre art turned out. My renovated bathroom needs something on the wall and this (in shades of green and brown) is just what I need to make. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Simple House Expressions May 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks, Virginia! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, too. It was really easy (and free!)…can’t beat that!

    – Arielle