Wednesday, March 31, 2010

DIY Martha Stewart Paint Deck!

I know we were all super excited when we found out that Martha Stewart's paint line was coming to Home Depot!


I had been checking on it’s impending arrival once a week at Home Depot and was super excited the day that I went in and saw the paint samples and cans all lined up!


I immediately emailed my friend Jules, (we were hoping some of her paint colors would work in her living room re-vamp I’m helping her with) Jules then told her friend Nicole and by the end of the day I’m pretty sure we were all home with stacks of paint swatches.


You see while Martha is the greatest and super crafty her people didn’t think of making a fan deck for her paint line. So you are left with 6 inch stack of loose swatches.


Not only that, but you also get looks from everyone as you stand at HD and grab one of each.



So what’s a girl to do? This girl tells her super sweet, good looking, smart, amazing, renaissance man of a husband her problem and voila we have a solution.


You just need a couple of supplies.


From your local home improvement store you need to get :

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- 2 sheets of Acrylic sheet ($1.58 each) I had them cut it to size at the store. You need 4 ( 3” x 6”) pieces.


-Moving a couple of rows over you need to find Receiver Hitch/Wire Lock Pins. They were $3.40 each and you will need 2.


Back at home you need the following supplies:

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- A drill gun with a metal drill bit

- 3 clamps

- small pieces of wood. We had some laying around, but if you don’t then you need to pick up a piece of 1/4” thick plywood at the store.

-Because the paint deck is so large you need to break it up into 5 separate stacks.


STEP 1: Take small piece of wood and drill where you would like your hole. Place in front of stack.

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STEP 2:  Take a second piece of wood and place it on the back of the stack. No hole needed on this side.

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STEP 3: Make sure wood pieces are angled properly on the swatches and attach clamps around hole.

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STEP 4: Attach to vice. This step isn’t necessary, but we had one and Jon didn’t want to drill into the table by accident so we used it.

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STEP 5: Drill away.

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Go slow and then keep on going till you make a hole on the remaining piece of wood in the back.

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STEP 6: Remove clamps and voila you have a stack of nicely hole punched swatches.

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The wood pieces are used as cushioning for the impact that the drill makes going through the paper. If you don’t use them this will happen:

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STEP 7: Since our acrylic sheets were cut at the store all we need to do now is make a hole in them. Use the same piece of wood with the guide for your opening, attach clamps, place in vice and drill.

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STEP 8: Remove protective coating off acrylic sheet, open up packages of wire lock pins and add swatches. You are DONE!

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Because they are so many swatches you need to split the set in two.  I have an acrylic cover and backing for each set and the wire lock pins are perfection. It’s super easy to open then up and take out what I need or just leave it closed. They fan out like any other fan deck and I printed out a MS image to use as my cover, but if you are Photoshop savvy get creative and make up a cover.

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All of my supplies came in for around $12 bucks and took about 45 minutes to do it! It would have gone faster, but we were doing it between TV commercials!


I hope you enjoy this DIY project and if you make your own version you must share pictures!


* Martha if you are reading this have your people call my people and I can go on your show and do my little project for all! :) Ah a girl can dream, right?


Images 1- 2 via Google, Image 3 via Pink loves Brown, Images 4 –16 via moi!



Blogger The Brick Cottage said...

That's awesome! Martha's paints won't hit our Home Depot shelves until the end of April. Ughh, I am dying to see the colors!

March 31, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Great idea! I've collected all the swatches I like from the Behr Ultra line - they conveniently have a pre-punched hole in the bottom corner and provide small rings to hold them all together. But I like the idea of the acrylic cover to keep them looking their best!

March 31, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

This is an awesome idea!

March 31, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sabbe said...

you are SO funny! Martha would be so proud.

March 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Living It At Home said...

That seems like a lot of work! Thanks for the step by step. It would be nice if there was a fan deck. I am heading out to pick some samples up today!


March 31, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger other-option said...

Where there's a wil, there's a way...

Now, fess up - did you
a.) take all the swatches in one visit?
b.) Or did you make several visits to the HD, taking only a section of swatches at a time?
c.) Did anyone (employee, fellow Home Depot shopper) question what you were doing?

I know the samples are there for the taking, but anytime I've taken mroe than 2 or 3 I get looks from the employees.... I'd love to know if you did too!

March 31, 2010 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Ha ha other-option! I know the feeling.

I did it all at once! I got a couple of looks, but I tried being fast about it. My husband came with me so he helped. It took about 10 mins.

If people came up behind me I just kept making comments that it was crazy that they didn't have a fan deck.

March 31, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I've bought Martha Paints from Lowes before, but we always seem to have Home Depot gift cards. Very exciting. What a great idea!

Thanks for your offer about what color to paint my faux bamboo chairs. I will definitely send you a photo!

March 31, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

This is too funny, I did the same thing with mine!!! Or actually I had my Dad do the same thing with them :) SO much better to have them like this for sure.

March 31, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh Linds you know what the say! Great minds think a like. You must show me a picture of your set!

March 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Camila- you always amaze me. You know you could sell these (if Martha doesn't come out with one after reading your post!!)

March 31, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Scandinavian Chic (previously Dagny @ Beautiful Living) said...

Looks fabulous!!!

March 31, 2010 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger other-option said...

High-Heeled: Thanks for the answer. I might just get courageous enough to get them all in one fell swoop too. I'd totally enlist my husband with this task as well - I think employees/shoppers are less likely to make snarky comments to men, for some reason...

Wouldn't it be amazing if Martha did get word of this project and asked you on her show? Or a feature in her magazine?!

- Danielle

March 31, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

Wow what a great solution! Hopefully Martha is reading.

March 31, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Design Esquire said...

Your hubby is the best!

March 31, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger C @ Project Pretty said...

Haha.. I was just in Lowe's the other night doing the same thing with a different paint line. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! Oh, and I have the same fabric you used as your backdrop for pillows in my living room. :)

March 31, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger nkp said...

How funny! I am in the midst of a little diy project with a fresh can of Martha's "Duck Egg" by my side. I didn't realize the paint line just premiered. I love the color palettes and was swiping as many swatches as my greedy little hands could hold. My Home Depot did have a nifty accordian folded pamphlet with a good selection of little paint swatches inside.

I love your solution. Absolutely inspired!

March 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HHFITD: I think Martha herself would be proud of you!


March 31, 2010 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Brilliant tutorial! Think I might have to put hubster to the task next week - doing MS's line, as well as the Ralph Lauren chips I picked up before they went buh-bye.

Just to clarify, do other paint lines have sample decks that you can purchase, or is this only a Martha-ism?

March 31, 2010 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Great work! Do you remember when Martha had a catalog and sold things like vases, gardening tools, etc.? I would love to see that return.

March 31, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger bluehydrangea said...

Smart girl and boy!! Martha would be proud!!

March 31, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

OK so they definitely need to make a fan deck! And while I'm excited that MS paints are now at Home Depot, I'm still a bit bummed they discontinued RL's!

March 31, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just used 13 gallons on Martha's new paint on my house in Florida....(the house you recommended the gorgeous navy dining room it!) Anyway it is everything they say it is. I have only used Benjamin Moore before, and this is the same quality, half the price and low VOC, my husband didn't believe I had been painting all day.
Someone else made a comment about their faux bamboo chairs and a color won't believe that I bought 6 faux bamboo chairs for that navy dining room, can you make a suggestion for me? Also shinny or matte finish, the only other color in the room in white and tarnished silver (read: i'm too lazy to polish). Thanks for another great idea!

March 31, 2010 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool idea

March 31, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

y'all are so handy!

March 31, 2010 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

Haha! This is a great idea! I don't know why I think it's funny - probably because it's so funny. Thanks for your creative thinking! I bet a lot of us are saying, "Why didn't I think of that?"

March 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger courteneykay said...

I am SO going to Home Depot tonight!!

March 31, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Design Darling said...

you are a genius. i can't believe you made those yourself!

March 31, 2010 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger stylewannabee said...

Every woman is now in love with your husband. E-mail Martha and let her know. I bet you would wind up on the show. Or at least a video clip of you!!

March 31, 2010 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone used this stuff yet? I went to HD the other night and loved her colors but the paint counter guy offered to mix me some Behr in the same color - he basically said the Martha paint sucks so he'd just match it for me. Kind of a buzz kill! :-/

March 31, 2010 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Southern Aspirations said...

Genious! I've picked up a few of the cards the other day was going to try it out in my laundry room.

March 31, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Why can't Martha do a paint deck? I have had to take each set of her paint chips ever since her paint line was at KMart. You are way to creative- mine were just bundled with a rubber band. How very un-Martha-like.

March 31, 2010 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Laurie Jones said...

Look at you girl!! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who gets funny looks at people while I take paint samples at Lowe's and Home Depot! I recently got the stares when I collected all the Ralph Lauren paints before they discontinued them! I used a paper punch and just a binder ring to keep mine together, but I want an acrylic holder now!! Thanks for the great tip!!

April 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

fabulous DIY! Martha should call soon!:)

April 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah A. Ireland said...

Hey Camilla - great project...I may enlist the hubs help this weekend for this :)

Also - what is the tan and white fabric you have as a background in the photos/ where is it from??



April 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Danica said...

This is brilliant! I can't believe she doesn't have a fan deck. Guess it's a good thing, because now you have your very own deck of your own making. Something to be proud of, and it looks great!

April 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Colleen Fox Slack said...

My Little Happy Place:
Sherwin Williams & Benjamin Moore have fan decks available for all of their paint colors. Much smaller color chips than this big deck, but a great resource when you're narrowing down your color selection. Then you can order larger sheets of the colors (ex. 8x8) once you narrow down your choices.
I picked up the little fan brochure with the little color chips in it and a handful of the nicest colors, but hopefully these brands will realize the advantage of fan decks.

April 2, 2010 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

hahah love that last line!!

I did this with Behr & RL paints and as I was collecting all of the samples, multiple people came up to me and were like, "You can chekc out these sample folders" and directed me to those folders with premade color combos. hahah ahtey thought i needed serious help.

April 3, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Condo Blues said...

I can't believe Martha doesn't have fan deck available for her new paint line. :( Your solution is great!

April 5, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Camila - I adore your blog! I loved this post as I recently passed a lot of time picking up every single one of those swatches too! My dad suggested drilling the hole through them...what a time saver! I hadn't bound mine yet, so I am going to get some acrylic! Great idea!!

April 9, 2010 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP!!!! I have took to long in my remodel and headed off to HD today only to discover that her paint has been discontinued even though in this months issues are several samples and an ad for HD MS paint. So I am now searching for a fan deck. I am willing to beg, borrow, steal or buy.

August 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM  

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