Genius DIY Decorating Tool: Paint Chip Keychain

created at: 05/05/2011

If you're in the process of decorating your space, this may be the single most helpful tool you could own: a paint chip keychain custom-made from your own color palette!  It's a simple DIY project that will make shopping for furniture, fabric, or accessories that much easier.  

Kristi Linauer shared this brilliant idea on her blog Addicted 2 Decorating, explaining "I just never knew when I'd pop into the fabric store, or find myself looking at rugs or artwork. I mean, if you're redecorating your home, your paint samples are crucial!"  And you know what?  I couldn't agree more!  So, intead of trying to always remember to have that stack of paint chip samples on hand, consider this DIY solution: a keychain painted with your room's colors (or the colors you're considering).  All you'll need is the following:

  • Small Wooden Craft Circles
  • Ball Chain
  • A Drill
  • Primer
  • Paint

For the full tutorial, check out the rest of Kristi's post on Addicted 2 Decorating.

So, what do you guys think?  Do you have any other tips to make color-matching or decorating easier?  Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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Megan T on Jun 21, 2013:

I am always out looking for accent pieces and NEVER have my color swatches on me, then get home and the piece I've purcahsed isn't the correct shade I needed. This is going to make my life much easier and I see a lot less returning in my future! 

JoLynn47 on Jun 05, 2011:

Love this idea!  My paint chips always get lost in my purse, or I forget to take them with me.  I'll be doing this project today!  Thanks!

DesigningMom on May 07, 2011:

What a cute idea. I think the painted wood would last longer than carrying the chips with you unless you put them in a mini photo album like I do.

CapreeK on May 06, 2011:

Anon - YES.  That is an excellent idea!

Anonymous on May 06, 2011:

But it inspires a much simpler variation: hole punch the gold-ol paper paint chips and keep those on your key chain. Or simply slip them into your wallet. 

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