This is a simple trick I’ve used a few times to update old artwork. If you have some framed art on your walls that you real like but the color palette needs a little love then this trick is for you! It will only take a few minutes and cost a couple dollars. WIN WIN! My mom had these pretty butterfly art pieces in her bathroom when we were recently updating her very brown bathroom.
In order to bring them a softer, more neutral feeling with the creamy whites and more farmhouse kind of feel we were incorporating in to the room we simple got some paint out. I took the pictures out of the frame and painted most of the gold frame black, leaving just a touch of gold – but you can paint the whole thing for your makeover! For the frame I used Decoart Chalky Finish paint in Carbon (link to order on Amazon if you need it!). I use this paint all the time for small projects like this, it is one of my favorite craft paints. And you can use just about any color. Someone asked about using spray paint and you could on the frame, but if you are leaving a remnant of the old frame like I did spray paint might be difficult. I don’t recommend spray paint for the mat portion because spray paint tends to be sticky, even when it dries and may stick to the glass.Next, I painted the mat. The mat was out of date with the brownish gold color feeling that she used to have in her home. A creamy solid white does wonders! Just stick with the core colors in the picture, but bring them up with fresh colors. For the mat I used acrylic craft paint but the Decoart Chalky Finish paint would work great too and they have a lot of beautiful colors available, like this one. Use a fresh sponge brush and add a light layer of paint, let it dry. DO NOT over saturate the mat with paint, it is a paper product so you run the risk of tearing or bubbling. Mats are pretty resilient though! It will take two coats, maybe three for full coverage, so be patient. For these pictures the mats came apart when is dis-assembled the pictures. I had just carefully painted along the edge to leave the black under mat it’s original color. If you use painter’s tape I suggest Frogtape delicate (again, link if needed), you don’t want to tear the mat paper upon removal. Let your mat dry and reassemble the pics! Ta-da…new artwork in no time, on dime. Look at the before and after together… (Also if you need to make your artwork BIGGER to fill wall space you can use this idea we did in my mom’s bathroom as well!).
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