Tuesday, July 29, 2008

  {Another Cheap Art Project!}

So, I love creating art in my home for several reasons.
1.) Its WAY cheaper than buying art at a store.
2.) Its more personal this way
3.) Its WAY cheaper than buying art at a store! lol

For this art project, I am more than happy to say, not only was it CHEAP but some of it was FREE!! I'm not even kidding!

so I started with a basic frame that I got at Garden Ridge for $3.00 on sale. Then I took out the ugly art that was in it and threw it away. Then I took the backing and started gluing on PAINT SAMPLES!!!
No Joke! These are from Ralph Lauren's textured paint line. Some of them are like suede, some are shiny and metallic. I just love them.

I went to Home Depot and just took about 10 of each color that I liked, then brought them home and glued them on with a glue stick.
Let it dry about 2 hours and just slip the backing back into the frame with the glass it came with and hang it up!

Now, sometimes you wont get art that has a back that comes off very easy. That's OK, just tear out the art and then DUCK TAPE the back on! NO JOKE! That's what I did with this one...here I'll prove it! lol You would never have even noticed. :)

Here is a close up of the Paint Samples:

Oh, and while I was trying to get my house all pretty....my blinds decided to break! Ohh...I love life! hehe

***And if your wondering the other piece of art up there is just plain scrap booking paper glued to the backing then duck taped up! lol


Shannon said...

What a cute idea! I've been seeing a lot of framed scrapbook paper and I like it! What are you thinking of buying from Oops?

Darlene said...


That turned out very cute...and who would have thought paint chips!! Looks great!!!

Merrie said...

Clever! And I love what you did with the blanket. I'm inspired!

Blissful Nikki said...

Thanks so much darlene!

Shannon, thank you too, I was acutally thinking of this:

and this:

and a few of these:

:) Im still looking!!

Blissful Nikki said...

Thanks Merrie! Its acutally like a throw thing that I got at Garden Ridge for $15.00. It used to be on my bed, but then I wanted to soften up the mantle a bit so I threw this up there and now I love it! :)

Shelia said...

Hi Nikki! It's so good to meet you! Oh, you are the most clever one! This art looks fantastic! I love the look of those paint chips and all coordinated in color hues. Well, ain't dat sumpin' - life seems to make life kinda funny, doesn't it? Come see me again sometimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blissful Nikki said...

hehe Shelia, thank you so much for stopping by! I really like this one too, in fact, I think Im going to be making one for the master bathroom now in a different color hue! :)

Joy said...

Love the clever art projects! What a great, and inexpensive, way to bring color into your room.

Chris said...

I just read your entire blog! How fun! I am in love with the paint swatch idea! I'm stealing it right now! Keep those ideas coming!

Courtney said...

what a lovely blog, nikki! thanks for stopping by Nesting Instincts. :-)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Thanks for visiting. Great artwork ideas, and I love the pink armoire with the fabric skirt. So cute for a little girls room!

Blissful Nikki said...

Oh, thank you ladies!! :) Chris...STEAL AWAY!! :) send me a link when your finished, I would love to see!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I LOVE your place! Cute ideas! I love finding a new place to visit!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

That is WAY TO CREATIVE for your own good!! Paint swatches...who would uv thunk it....:)

Amber said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I totally appreciate it. How you found me I will never know! I like your blog too and am adding it to my reader! Thanks!

Shane said...

What a unique idea. I'm just going to have to try the paint chip and the scrapbook paper art work myself. Thanks for sharing.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Hi Nikki!

You have a really cute place here! I enjoyed looking over everything, but the paint swatches? Very cool. I love cheap, eh, affordable art! :-)

Thanks for stopping by Leaving a Legacy...I was honored to hear from you! Hope to see you on the Believing God comments!

Renee said...

So glad you stopped by at my blog. You are one talented mama. I love everything you have made. So eclectic and fun!

I see you have a love of sky's like myself. I have seen some amazing, and colorful ones and just have to snap a shot. A few times I did not have my camera, or the batteries go dead. BUt then again it's a cheap-o kodak and not a good professional one, lol!

Oh well my pics will have to do. I will be glad to see new projects. Especially the clothes:)


mollyandmarshal said...

I never would have guessed that those were paint samples! Great idea!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Nikki, looks like you are a brand new blogger! Welcome, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I have. What a fun project you've come up with. I love all those paint samples framed, brilliant idea.

Looks like we have a love of feathering our nests in common as well as our faith.

Hope you'll come back often!


Kathi said...

Very creative and pretty too! I love it.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! what a great idea! i love those projects! easy and cheap :) great blog! i added you onto my favorites! thanks for commenting on my blog!

i have giveaways every friday, so be sure to come back each weekend and enter to win!

Spymommy said...

Thanks for the comment on my kitchen Nikki. Now I'm going to have to save up my pennies and ask my sweet Hubby to get you to redesign my blog for me for Christmas or my birthday. You've got serious design talent!

Deb said...

What a great idea and a really inexpensive way to create some art for a room. Love it.

Sarah said...

What a clever and fun idea! I'll have to add that to my list! Culinary school....good for you! He's right around the corner, I promise!

Sarah said...

What a clever and fun idea! I'll have to add that to my list! Culinary school....good for you! He's right around the corner, I promise!

Katy Lin :) said...

love it! very cute! :)

angie said...

What a great idea. I love how it turned out!

Still Learning said...

What a great blog! Your fireplace looks great.

Nikki said...

Nikki! Thank you so much for finding my blog! I love yours! I wish I could figure out how to make mine pretty too. All in time I suppose.

I love your paint sample idea. I was just at Home Depot last night. If only I had seen this before.....

God Bless!

Ashley said...

Thanks for visiting. Let me know how the recipe goes if you try it!

And I must say... I love your blog! And I love this paint chip idea. Also love that mantle! Did you paint it yourself? I have an unfinished mantle I'm about to paint and install on our huge wall of brick. Also, I was scrolling through your blog and found your chandelier make over. My husband and I are working on an older house we recently bought and guess what is hanging in our dining room? This exact chandelier! (The ugly one. Not the pretty one. I wish!) So I just might have to try this one, too!

At Home Redesigns said...

Great idea! I'd love to feature this in my I Love These Ideas! Sunday column with a link to you if you don't mind.


Blissful Nikki said...

Hey Ladies! Thank you all so much for your comments! It means so much to me!!

For those that asked, I did paint the mantle myself. Its the same color I have on the walls in this room, just watered down a bit like glaze. Then I used a damp rag to put it on and a dry rag to take some off and just kept doing that until I had the effect that I liked! :)

Victoria said...

Thanks for stopping by mine and Christina's blog and commenting on my daughter's room! I can't wait to peruse your archives and see what wonderful ideas you have.

BTW, I love the "paint sample" art! I have a few hundred paint samples laying around just asking to be used.


Tricia Anne said...

Hi Nikki!
Thank you a million times for posting the back side of your frame with duct tape!! I did that recently and passed the picture off to a consignment store ... oh how I could kick myself for that now! I thought, no one else would put duct tape on the back ... oh how wrong I was! I will use it for now on! :o)
I just adore your scrapbook paper frames. They remind me of quilts (I think I may have said that before)! Your color combinations are beautiful!
I wish I had a Goodwill near by! You have purchased such nice thing, and for pennies on the dollar! I love that! We do have a new thrift store and that has been fun to go to!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
Ps. Sorry so long. :o)

Our Complete Family said...

What a FUN, FUN, FUN blog you have! The polka dots make me happy! Thx for your super sweet comment tonight! I am going to go through your blog now for some neat ideas...looks like you have a lot of them hun! Leslie

Blissful Nikki said...

hehe you girls are all so sweet! :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Infarrantly Creative said...

oh my head what a great idea. I am lovin on the paint sample one.

signmakingmoms said...

Your blog is amazing. Your style is fabulous and your creativity is jaw dropping!! Wow, love your ideas if you can't tell by my above comments, lol!

Blissful Nikki said...

Oh!! Thank you so much, your so sweet! :) Totally made my day!!

Bella said...

Gosh, I <3 you!

You have the best thrift store finds and that home made picture with paint samples???

WOW! Simply, wow!

Bella :)
PS: I think Rue suggested a clock for your cage...try this one in there :)

At Home Redesigns said...

I've featured this idea in my I Love These Ideas! Sunday column here:

Please hop over and grab a badge if you'd like!


Caren said...

Really clever idea! I might be trying that one out soon!

Janet said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog today; I love meeting new friends. I have spent some time going thru some of your archives and I love what I see. It is so much fun to get a "younger perspective" on domestic ideas. You are certainly one talented and creative girl.


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