...As a brief aside, my church just opened its thrift store, City Thrift in Lodi, CA. All profits from store go to feeding those in need as well as into our women and children home and young men home in the process of being built. I say this to say that if you are in the area, consider taking your donations and doing your shopping at City Thrift, and, if not, consider supporting a local non-profit thrift store that gives back to your community. And, as an added bonus, they are often cheaper.
Okay, so back to the project...
I found a cute farmer boy fabric at Walmart to go with my farm-themed nursery. The print was just the right size for my frames (something to keep in mind should you choose to put fabric in your frames.) Another option I considered was using the wallpaper border from the nursery set I fell in love with. You might not be able to put wallpaper on the walls in your apartment, but who says you can't put it in a picture frame?!
Finding frames and finding what I wanted to put in them was the biggest part of the battle. Once you do that you are ready to tackle the project!
- frames with mattes
- fabric, wallpaper, or picture
- spray paint for frames
- acrylic paint for mattes (I recommend against using "Apple Barrel" brand for this project. While cheap, they seem more "watery" to me. Not best when painting paper product like a matte. I find Folk Art or Delta brands work best)
- small sponge brush
- Disposable pallette paper (or for the "non-painters" like me, wax paper does the trick)
- Cup with water
- Work surface and something to paint on... i.e. keep your table paint free. (I used paper towels, but paper towels are capable of bleeding, so if you are super worried... try wax paper.)
- double sided tape or photo splits
|Got my supplies together. Notice the the sun-fading on the matte. Super old, but it totally still worked!|
Step 2: Paint your matte(s). You will not want to get too much water on your sponge as these are paper product. It should "warp" just a bit. But as the paint dries, the matte will go back to its original flatness.
Be sure to paint the same direction... could just be my own "particularness" but I think it looks better, not to mention pro.
|Notice how my brush strokes all run in the same direction, even around the corner.|
|My very sophicated and high-tech acryllic paint drying station.|
|My favorite picture. Love that I am having a baby boy!|
- Frames: $8
- 1/2 yd. of fabric: $1.50
- 2 acryllic paint colors: $3
- Paint sponge brush: $1
- Spray Paint: $3