I have some equestrian posters that mean alot to me and I wanted to use them in my updated family room, but they were the wrong color frame and the wrong color mats.
Have you priced custom mats lately? Insane. Even though I can cut my own, my equipment didn't lend itself to this large custom size, so I searched online for alternatives and didn't find any for less than $120.00 per mat. (I'm saving for some new chairs!)
For starters, I disassembled the prints and spray painted the frames gold. I used Rustoleum satin gold.
The simplest solution to lightening your mats without having a new mat cut, is to cover them in a linen or muslin fabric. I wanted to use linen but didn't want to wait for an online order, so I headed to the local fabric store and selected 2 yards of unbleached muslin, at a whopping $2.99 a yard.
[I had to dig in the archives to find a 'before' picture, and this is a rude reminder of how gawd awful those walls used to be!]
I turned the navy mat over so it was white on the other side. This was a single mat, and I made sure I erased any former pencil marks on the back, as it would show through the muslin covering.
I cut the fabric about 1 inch larger than the mats . Then I took spray adhesive and sprayed the mats and placed the fabric over the glue and smoothed it with my hands.
Then I trimmed the inside to about 1" as well. [Make sure your razor or scissors are extremely sharp or the corner cuts will be messy.]
Turn the secured fabric covered mat over to make angled cuts in the corner to turn back the fabric.
The other poster had a double mat, but I just stretched the fabric over both mats and didn't worry about it. I experimented with putting the muslin over the colored double mat, and even though its not the same ivory color as the other matted poster, it is grayed a bit and matches that poster better....a happy accident.
It's really easy and try it on a small piece first if you need to build your confidence. All you need is fabric, spray adhesive and a sharp cutting utensil. [ I used a single edge razor.]
I love the fabric covered mat look. I hope this offers an easy solution to update your matted art!
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