Sunday Swap: Paint Chip Wall Art Tutorial
My Sunday Swap today is from Jen at Life, Crafts, and Whatever. I LOVE this cute piece she made completely out of paint chips she got from the hardware store. Amazing!
I’m a stay at home mommy to three girls, ages 7, 5 and 5 months. I’m married to my super awesome hubby, and we live about half an hour outside of Dallas, TX. My husband is a graphic/web designer at one of the largest churches in Texas.
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 4×8 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!