Never underestimate the impact of a framed picture’s mat! I love how much more stately a photo or piece of art becomes when its encased in a mat as opposed to just a frame. When I pick up used frames at thrift stores, I always try to find a frame that already has a mat in good condition. Mats can be transformed just as easily as frames can be. I often just paint them, but sometimes I like to cover them in a cool fabric or textured paper. With just a quick application of black spray paint, I gave this piece a whole new look.

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

I’ve had this framed painting of a lighthouse hanging in the living room for ages. I like the artwork itself, but something about it had been irking me for a while. The baby blue mat just wasn’t working for me.

Painting in its original form

Painting in its original form

Unlike most of my picture ventures, I was happy with the frame itself and decided to leave it alone (shocking, I know!). There are several pictures on the opposite wall, several of which are framed in black. I didn’t want the art in the living room to be overly matchy-matchy, so I decided to go for a black mat and keep the frame as is.

Supplies I used: framed picture, X-acto knife to disassembling, black spray paint, mask, and tape to reattach picture and mat.

I didn’t bother with primer this time around. I painted the mat with some glossy black spray paint, and let it dry overnight. Once the mat was fully dry, I reattached the artwork and cardboard backing with tape. I hung the picture back in its original spot. Couldn’t be happier with the result! The artwork has taken on a much more modern look in addition to now complementing the photographs on the opposing wall.

This lighthouse just got a whole lot brighter!

This lighthouse just got a whole lot brighter!

Hope you can find creative ways to update existing pieces in your home! Don’t be afraid to try something new. You might be pleasantly surprised with the result. Worst comes to worst, you might need a little extra paint and primer. Been there, done that.

Happy crafting! -Olivia

 

 

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