OK, so you’ve probably seen paint chip art on Pinterest. There are some very gorgeous, intricate examples out there that blow my mind. I had the idea filed away as a potential project to try “someday.” Then Lowe’s partnered with Pantone on a line of paint. There was a double take and a shopping cart that came to a screeching halt when I spotted that lovely collaboration. So, now that I have a whole lot of blank white wall space to fill up in my studio, you bet I was looking for gorgeous ideas that had a zero dollar price tag. Enter this paint chip project.
Now, first, I need you all to know that I’m not advocating you go raid your local Lowe’s of all of their Pantone paint chips. That would not be cool. In fact, I was so uncertain about whether the idea was actually a good one that I called my local store to find out if taking more than one paint chip was a frowned upon no-no. The employee I spoke with assured me I could take as many as I wanted, but you’d better believe I was a nervous wreck when I went to the store. I totally felt like I was shoplifting — sweaty palms, racing heart, quick glances over my shoulder — the whole nine yards. I chose a few colors that centered around Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, took a deep breath … and pocketed a small stack of each color. The whole time, I was expecting security to apprehend me. Nevermind the fact that I’ve spent enough money at Lowe’s in the past five years to alleviate any free-paint-chip guilt (and then some) — I’m obviously just a total goody goody and a complete wimp.
Either way, I made it back to my studio without so much as a slap on the wrist and got started on layout. I liked the idea of a traditional square with an ombre twist, but also wanted to try a Swiss cross with a traditional ombre fade. And heap on the Radiant Orchid color palette.
Then I used some washi tape to mark where I wanted the paint chip grid to go on the wall and to make sure I had a level line as a base for the bottom row.
Here’s where we take a paint chip grid pit stop. It was at this point that I got totally distracted by the hot mess that was my switch cover, which was directly next to where my paint chip grid was going to live. Errrrrrr … Last minute digging into the washi tape bin for a fast fix?
Yup. That’s better.
OK, back to paint chip art. Once I had my level line, all I did was throw a little double sided table on each corner of the paint chip and stick it on the wall (lightly, so that I can take the chips down without pulling off any paint).
Instead of an absolute ombre effect, I chose to put the darkest color in the middle, so the ombre effect extended upwards and downwards. Adore.
Then I turned my attention to my Swiss cross, which was going on the rough brick wall between two windows. I was skeptical that the double sided tape would hold, but I had underestimated my friends at Scotch. Totally worked.
Seriously, how much more in love could I be with this Lowe’s/Pantone collaboration that allowed me to create fast and easy Radiant Orchid wall decor in a flash?
It may not actually be art, but it’s free, beautiful, and went up on my previously empty wall in less than 20 minutes. What’s not to love? What about you — are you totally OK with helping yourself to advertised free items, or do you get sweaty-palms-anxious like I do?
For the kiddo’s art day, see the gallery below!