Hi friends! Today I have a quick and simple DIY home decor project for you. You may remember that a few years ago I created a family photo gallery wall in our living room. Recently, I have been craving more contrast and warmth in the color palette of our home… so I painted the picture frame mats! I love the vintage look of beige or brown mats, especially against a white wall. While the frames were disassembled, I repainted my frames as well. Today I will be sharing the spray paint colors I used, as well as tips for painting picture frame mats.
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Here is the gallery wall before I spray painted the mats and frames. I should say, before I spray painted the frames for a second time! These are actually white frames from Target that I previously spray painted gold. They looked beautiful but since we have white walls, I wanted to add more contrast by painting the mats.
How to Paint Picture Frame Mats
Here is an easy step-by-step guide to spray painting picture frame mats!
- Begin with plenty of spray paint so you do not run out. In my case, I ordered several colors to test and decided on Rust-Oleum American Accents Satin Spray Paint in Fossil for my mats (the second can pictured above) and Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint in Aged Copper for my frames. I purchased two cans each to be safe.
- Carefully disassemble your picture frames. Consider wearing cut resistant gloves to protect yourself while removing the glass, and be sure to put the glass somewhere safe while you are painting.
- Lay out your mats on a drop cloth (or old sheet) in a well-ventilated area.
- Apply several thin coats of spray paint to the picture frame mats, allowing them to dry between coats. Follow the instructions on your paint can for the best results. I ended up doing three coats on the mats and allowing them to dry all afternoon.
- Repeat these steps if you are also spray painting your picture frames.
- Once everything is dry, carefully reassemble and hang your frames. Tada! A completely new look for about $20.
Painted Picture Frame Mats
Did you catch my Instagram reel showing the reveal a few weeks ago? I could not be happier with this budget friendly DIY and how it warmed up our living room. I love the vintage look. Also… sneak peek of the new wall molding shown above! I can hardly wait to share the whole space soon. As always, leave me any questions you may have below, and let me know if you try this project!