Do you like the 2013 PANTONE Universe’s Color of the Year, Emerald Green? Well if you do it is available exclusively at Lowe’s in the Valspar Signature Paint. I must say, the more pops of emerald I see in decor the more it is growing on me. I am never one to be a trend setter. Usually I am a late adopter, how about you? When Lowes challenged me to bring a pop of emerald into my home I racked my brain trying to figure out where it could go.
3’ x 24” aluminum sheet metal
7/16-in x 1-1/8-in x 8-ft White Polystyrene Drip Cap Moulding
Scotch 3M Strips
miter box and saw
In the metal section at Lowes they have these awesome metal grates with cool patterns on them. They are 2’ x 3’. The one I chose had a pattern of triangles but they also have ones that have a quatrefoil pattern that is pretty cool too.
When painted they offer a nice backdrop for artwork or picture frames. In fact, you wouldn’t need anything if you just wanted to use it as art on your walls. It kind of brought some cohesiveness, as well as color, to the picture frames.
1. Start by priming and painting your sheet metal. I used Rust-Oleum spray primer and then I thinned some Valspar Signature Paint in Emerald Green and added it to my spray gun and gave it a quick, even coat.
2. Next I cut some polystyrene drip cap molding to fit around it to act as a frame. I used Liquid Nails and clamps to adhere that to the painted sheet metal.
3. Once dry I used my 3M Command Strips on the back to adhere it to the wall. Then I just lined my pictures up in the middle and used a nail through the sheet metal into the wall to hang my pictures.
It looks like art doesn’t it? The fun part is the color of your walls pop through as well adding a little more depth of color to it. Fun, fun! This would be great to group in threes to cover a large wall space.
If you want to see more Emerald Green projects check out this month’s Lowes Creative Ideas Magazine. It is available free on your Iphone or Ipad in the digital version or you can sign up here for it to be delivered directly to your mailbox.
*Disclosure: I was provided a gift card by Lowes to complete this project. All opinions belong to me though.