DIY: Ombre Paint Chip Art


Apparently I'm a little behind in blog world and am just recently getting swept up in ombre obsession along with everyone else. I decided to combine two things that I've loved seeing on Pinterest lately: OMBRE + PAINT CHIP ART.

I found the gold frame at a flea market several months ago for $12 and had been waiting for something to house in it. The paint chip art was FREE, since I painted the matting and made two four trips to home improvement stores to collect the chips. Maybe I just have a guilty conscience, but my husband had to keep reminding me, "You're not stealing. They're free chips." Regardless of this true statement, I feel the need to sport a trench coat and dark sunglasses in Home Depot if ever I decide to do this project again.
Our guest room houses my clothes and serves as my dressing room. Most old homes have larger bath tubs than closets, and ours is no exception. The Mister gets our closet, so I get the whole guest room. (Don't feel bad for him; he has full reign of the basement.) Since I'm in this room a lot, seeing it undecorated each morning was bumming me out. I had a few pieces that I loved and decided to work with them to build the room. It's not finished yet but getting there. 
I found this chair last year at a resale shop downtown that still had the ORIGINAL upholstery . Pictures just don't do it justice. The fabric has flecks of gold and different hues of coral in the pattern; it's so stinking gorgeous.  

I had two gold lamps that I found at a flea mart for $5 each a while back. This summer, I found the shades at World Market and loved the color combo. The room was already green, so I decided to accent with gold, corals, pinks, and purples.
The "Fraggle Rock" pillow, as my husband jokingly deemed it, is from Pier 1.

DIY Ombre Paint Chip Art
Materials Needed:
-Poster board
-Glue stick or spray adhesive
-Paint chips
1. First of all, I recommend getting more paint chips than you think you'll need. You'll want to sort the chips into colors and then hues. I had all the lightest up top and worked my way down. That makes it easier to visualize what the final product will look like.

2. I laid one row out at a time and then glued it down. I used extra strength glue sticks, which were awesome. I avoid using spray adhesive because I wind up getting it all over my floors and furniture no matter how hard I try not to. I've read that plenty of other people used it for their paint chip projects and loved it.  

3. Make sure that you are laying the chips down straight, or your whole pattern will be thrown off. I'm sure a more precise person would've measured, but I didn't want to take the time. After you finished gluing down your chips, trim off the edges of those that overlapped on the side of the poster.
I started with smaller paint chips and worked for several hours. (My first attempt is above.) Then I started over again with larger chips. I actually ended up leaving a little white space between each chip which allowed me some wiggle room as far as lining them up perfectly. I am all for cheap/free art, so this project was great despite being time consuming.
 Clean up was "fun".


  1. I love it. What a great way to combine two trends.


  2. That chair is GORGEOUS! I like the art too (of course!) I wish my guest room was closer to our bedroom, then I'd use it for my dressing room too.

  3. Very pretty! Great job. I need something ombre in my house! : )

  4. your art turned out great and I love the chair!

  5. Beautiful job, Heather! I love it in your pretty room! :)

  6. I must be late to the paint chip art party too, first I've seen, but I'll make this happen here! Love it!

  7. Thank you ladies! Emily- She's my favorite chair in the house, but I don't tell the other chairs that. Michelle- I'm trying to find more things to "ombre".

  8. This is a great idea! I too am loving ombre and also seeing so much you can do with paint chips! Great tutorial! I also wanted to let you know I awarded you "The Versatile Blogger" Award! Check out my Saturday post to see the details!

    Hope you have a great week!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  9. loving the purple throughout this space; great job with the DIY art!

  10. Love the artwork. I must be hiding under a rock as well as I have never seen this yet. I must try it. Thanks for sharing on Roomspiration.

  11. I've seen a few DIY paintchip art projects, but this is the best yet. Great color combo and perfect in your BR.
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  12. Wow, it turned out beautifully! This is my favorite paintchip art project!

  13. That chair does look beautiful! How fun to put together a dressing room.

  14. Um, okay, AMAZING. Go on with your DIY-self! This is so so soooo cute, and I love how inexpensive it is. I'm totally inspired, and I pinned this. :) Xo, Katie

  15. Thank you ladies so much- your comments make my day!

  16. I use paint chips to punch out my paper die cuts...they are free and come in every color you can think of...

    Thanks for sharing..hope you hop over to my blog and enter my contest


  17. Love this! I've been hoarding blue paint chips toward my own projects and I really like how striking yours came out. Also, seriously LOVE that Fraggle rock pillow. And hanging your earrings around the dish. Clever.

  18. This is beautiful! I love modern and colorful art, and it's even better if it's free! :D

  19. I know this is totally not design related, but I LOVE your bag sitting in that amazing chair..... Please share where I can find one to make it all mine!

  20. @boxtwentyeight- That was actually a find at TJ Maxx about 4 years ago. It's still my favorite purse and I try to only use it a few months out of the year so it will hold up! Sorry I couldn't get you a more recent source:(

  21. Hmmmm......what a cute idea and the price is so right......! Looks great in the space.

  22. Hi Heather! I found your blog via our online class this week :) This is such a cute idea! I always feel guilty taking paint chips too... next time I'm at Home Depot, I'm going to be bold and grab some! There are so many possibilities for them :)

    All the best,

    Kelly @ CRAFTEdesign

  23. Kelly-Thanks so much for stopping by:) I'm telling you big sunglasses and stone cold expressions. In and out. You can do it!!

  24. Heather I am ridiculously delayed with this post but can I just say that this is pure genius. Genius. Also, looked at your home tour and it is so beautiful and charming! My husband and I plan to buy soon and you have inspired me! I still want your console table desperately so if it goes missing one day you know who stole it.

  25. Love this idea! Definitely pinning for later :) Love your blog, will definitely follow along from now on :)

  26. I am in love with that chair!


  27. Love the paint color on the walls...what color is it? (Saw the photo on houzz). Thanks!

    1. I actually don;t remember and don't have the cans anymore! So Sorry:(


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