One of my favorite things to pick up at Goodwill is frames. I have a tendency to stop in almost once a week. And everytime I stop in, they have such a variety of frames – some good. some not so good. some just like Michael Lohan….totally messed up. I look for ones that meet the following criteria:
- intact frame (I like em like I like my babies – the chunkier the better)
- noncracked glass (and if there is cracked glass…do not run your finger over it to check…even if your tendencies tell you to)
- a mat that is in the right proportion to the frame (not too skinny)
It’s a bonus if I can find multiples of the same frame. It’s also a tendency of mine to buy multiples. I could pass over something if it’s flying solo but as soon as someone says “THERE’S TWO”, I’m on it like a 13 year old on Justin Beiber. Also, I like em ONLY if they are cheap. If I even question whether or not they are overpriced, I walk away. That wasn’t the case for these two:
They met all my requirements so I picked up both for under $1.50. Once I got them home, I gutted the innerds (yes, I just made disassembling a picture frame sound redneck) and pulled off the white mat. The frames got a quick coat of white spraypaint and the mats were pulled apart so that I could give them the ‘switch’.
What is the ‘switch’ you ask? Well…as much as I love two toned mats and hunter green is going to make a comeback one of these days…coughcough…I really wanted these frames to look a little more neutral and updated. So the switch included changing the color of the frames AND covering the mats with fabric. More specifically, covering the mats with a neutral tan fabric.
First thing I did was grab my fabric and cut it leaving an allowance all the way around. Then I located the center of the mat and snipped a little nugget outta the middle. This nugget hole will help me later.
Then after ironing my squares of tan yumminess, I covered the front of the mat with spray adhesive. Don’t spray too much….and let it dry for about 30 seconds before laying it face down (adhesive side down) on the wrong side of your fabric. Press firmly.
Now you wanna start cutting. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut your fabric starting at your nugget hole (told ya it would come in handy) all the way to the inside corners of the mat.
I like to clean things up so I usually cut a square out of the middle too. Make sure to leave about an inch of allowance.
Now you are gonna trim all the way around your mat. Again leave an allowance. Then using your spray adhesive – coat the wrong side of the mat. I like to do the middle part first and I spray a thick layer on the part that my fabric is gonna lay. Wait for the spray adhesive to get a little tacky before folding the fabric over. Don’t worry about too much adhesive…even if it drips a little on the mat, the fabric will sop it up. Then you want to fold over the outside edges. Remember to smooth out wrinkles by pulling the fabric tightly against the edges, press firmly and wait for it to stick.
When it comes to the corners, I like to miter them. Here’s a quick way to do it and makes them oh-so-clean looking. Pinch the two sides together to make a little ‘ear’.
Then using your scissors, get the blades really close to the mat and snip off that ear. If you snip it close enough, you will end up with a perfect little corner to press down and stick to your mat.
Then just reassemble everything, pop a photo in and….
….(wait for it)….
BAM! One very like new photo frame. Two actually. All for the cost of a buck and a half.
Dontcha just love that texture? And it is sooo easy. And it can be personalized for any space…you could use any fabric you like or any color spray paint or stain. I want to do an entire gallery of these things. Just gotta find the frames.
And this is easy enough that a kid could do it. A kid that you trust with sharp scissors. And an iron. Actually maybe only adults should do this craft…in fact…I am kinda surprised that Jeremy let me do this. I have tendencies you know.