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DIY Wall Art Using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint

Updated on April 11, 2014

While decorating my Master bedroom, I needed artwork for one large wall, so I decided to try my hand at a DIY paint chip art project.

I used an XL square craft punch to create 'mosaic tiles' from almost 20 different paint chip colors. After laying out the 'tiles' onto 2-2'X2' MDF board 'canvases', I then ModPodged each 'tile' onto my 'canvases'.

Once that was done, I wasn't at all happy with the look.

I felt the 'tiles' were too fresh, too clear, too defined; I wanted a more aged, worn, imperfect appearance.

I considered making my own glaze by combining glazing medium with a dark umber paint, or applying an off-the-shelf stain to the surface; I even thought about using a dark wax to knock down the 'too-perfect' appearance of the pieces. But I wasn't sure any of those efforts would give me the result I was after.

Then, finally, I found the ideal product: DecoArt's Elegant Finish Metallic Paint, in Rich Espresso.

There's no mixing necessary: it's a ready-to-use glazing liquid, with the added benefit of a metallic finish, which would age my 'canvases' AND add a beautiful metallic sheen to them.

It was easy to apply:

I simply used a 1" brush to cover two rows of 'tiles' at a time, wiping the excess off with a rag. In just a matter of minutes, I had both 'canvases' finished, with precisely the aged, distressed look I was hoping for.

After allowing the pieces to dry for an hour, I attached hanging hardware to the back of each piece and hung them on my formerly bare Master bedroom wall.

My wall is bare no more - I now have a pair of subtle, antiqued DIY wall art pieces, thanks to DecoArt's Elegant Finish Metallics Paint's 'Rich Espresso'!

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DIY artwork BEFORE using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso'  - not quite the look I wantJust beginning the application of Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso' to the first couple rows of my DIY artworkDIY artwork AFTER using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso'Finished DIY artwork hung on my Master bedroom wall.  Love the subtle, slight metallic sheen!
DIY artwork BEFORE using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso'  - not quite the look I want
DIY artwork BEFORE using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso' - not quite the look I want
Just beginning the application of Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso' to the first couple rows of my DIY artwork
Just beginning the application of Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso' to the first couple rows of my DIY artwork
DIY artwork AFTER using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso'
DIY artwork AFTER using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso'
Finished DIY artwork hung on my Master bedroom wall.  Love the subtle, slight metallic sheen!
Finished DIY artwork hung on my Master bedroom wall. Love the subtle, slight metallic sheen!

Which Do You Like Better? The BEFORE artwork, using Elegant Finish Metallic Paint's 'Rich Espresso', or the AFTER version?

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The right tool makes every job easier, and nowhere is that truer than when painting! Use a narrow brush for more control and ease of use to apply a specialty paint product, like one of the Elegant Finish Metallic Paints.

Proform C1.5S Contractor Straight Cut Standard Paint Brush 1-1/2-Inch
Proform C1.5S Contractor Straight Cut Standard Paint Brush 1-1/2-Inch

Perfect to use in tight spaces, small projects, or for precision work!

 
DecoArt DA070-51 Elegant Finish Metallics, 10-Ounce, Shimmering Silver
DecoArt DA070-51 Elegant Finish Metallics, 10-Ounce, Shimmering Silver

A perfect choice when a cool metallic finish is desired!

 

Have you used any of the Elegant Finish Metallic Paints? Now that you've seen it in action, might you consider using it? On what sort of project? Share your thoughts here!

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    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Brilliant DIY art; it's cool and clever!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      This was such a clever art project. Really love the finished look after you applied the metallic finish. Beautiful! Always love your creative work.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I hadn't heard of it, but I have been thinking that my recent "Cheap Chic" hallway project needed a little, very subtle, metallic paint on the picture frame, so I was keen to see your project. It just may be the solution I seek. Your room is lovely, and the tiles look beautiful hanging there. I love projects like these, something beautiful made from almost nothing. Thank you for sharing your success.

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      angelatvs 3 years ago

      What a clever idea to create a gorgeous wall hanging.