***Sorry for the three day silence on my end… I’ve been bed-ridden with a pinched nerve in my neck/back = so much fun! But I’m back and mostly better now :)
I have long harbored a love for paint chips — those little (free) beauties you can get at paint stores for color comparison are one of my favorite things to pin on Pinterest.
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite paint chip “pins.” Most of these projects are either free or very cheap, so definitely GPP friendly! Now of course, I must do the whole spiel about how you shouldn’t just go to a paint or home improvement store and take paint chips to your heart’s content (it’s like taking Tupperware containers to the Chinese buffet and sneaking out food when no one’s looking: slightly clever, but mostly dishonest, i.e., NOT cool). While they are free, they are intended for people who actually need the paint chips for paint-related projects, and ideally they will return to this same store to make a paint purchase.
That said, if you look at some of these projects, you will notice that many of them require a large number of paint chips. Again, I must express my belief that just going and taking paint chips for said projects is probably not the best and most honest means of acquisition. However, if you’re like me and have literally accumulated dozens of these because maybe you’ve… lived in four different apartments in the last three years and have painted every single one of them, but had serious issues of indecision and therefore really did have to get MANY, MANY paint chips before you could make up your mind… (I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’) … then you have acquired these honestly, and could therefore be eligible (for lack of a better word) to do a lot of these projects.
Of course there are other ways to get these little lovelies. I’ve heard of people asking paint departments or stores for paint chips of discontinued colors or ones that have been tossed in the garbage but are perfectly fine. Another great source would be a used rolodex of paint chips (like you see a lot of designers have) that maybe have some discontinued colors as well. However, you get them – hopefully honestly – you will see the myriad of possibilities with this free medium!
Here are my most recent Pinterest findings:
Hope you enjoyed those! Have you ever tried a paint chip project, or do you have any on your Pinterest baords you’d like to share? Any ideas for using free and/or cheap media in simple DIY projects? Leave your answers in comment form below!
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