DIY Home Decor: A Fresh (& Metallic) Take On Paint Chip Art

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Paint chip art — creating beautiful pieces to decorate your walls out of those free paint chips you can pick up from any home improvement store — isn't a new idea. But we find this version, with a cool metallic addition, to be a fresh take worthy of a weekend project!

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What you need


  • Wood
  • Decorative metal sheet
  • Color samples
  • Nails
  • Tape
  • Spray paint
  • Spray adhesive acid free
  • Scissors or cutting paper machine

Project cost: $30 Total time: 1 hour

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1. Choose the color samples you want to use for your piece, and cut them into squares of approximately 2" x 2" or 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

2. Organize; decide the order in which your pieces are to be shown and then glue them to your 1/8" panel. It is recommended to utilize an acid free spray glue (I used 3m super 77 spray adhesive) for it will conserve the color samples as they are and will not alter their color in time.
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Step 3. Cut the 4 pieces of wood and cut them into 45 degree angles thus forming what will become the frame for this simple, yet fabulous piece of art.

Step 4. With a router, make a rabbet to all four wood pieces, like you see on the picture.
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Step 5. Place the four pieces forming a rectangle. (the form depends of what metal sheet you are going to use) and then paint with Rust-oLeum spray paint.

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Step 6. Place your decorative metal sheet inside the rabbet of the frame.

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Step 7. Place the panel with the color samples on top of the metal sheet colors facing down towards the metal sheet, so you can see the colors through the holes of the metal sheet.

Step 8. Use framing nails or regular nails to secure the pieces inside the frame, then cover with framers tape to give your piece a finished look.

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(Image credits: Yanira La Puerta)

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Adrienne is a Southern writer who loves architecture, design, cats and science fiction. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine. She watches a lot of Star Trek.