PANTONE Emerald Green Painted Sheet Metal

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.

Painted Sheet Metal frame

I had this blank spot on the wall as you walked up the stairs to our second story. I always told myself I would add pictures there one day.  I figured a pop of emerald right there would fit in well – as you could also see that space from my studio which has similar shades of green in it.


3’ x 24” aluminum sheet metal


emerald paint

7/16-in x 1-1/8-in x 8-ft White Polystyrene Drip Cap Moulding

Scotch 3M Strips

miter box and saw

measuring tape

Liquid Nails

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.

aluminum grate

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.

emerald green metal art

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.

pantone emerald green project

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.

painted aluminum grate with frame

liquid nails

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.

3m Commands Strips

emerald green artwork

emerald green art

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.

aluminum grate painted emerald green

emerald green color of the year

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.

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*Disclosure: I was provided a gift card by Lowes to complete this project.  All opinions belong to me though.