PAINTING FRAME MATS (plus a giveaway!)

IKEA is the bomb when it comes to frames.  They are clean, simple, and cheap.  But those mats– ahhhhh those mats!  The off-white mat to the white frame drives me a little bonkers.  I typically spray paint them white, but I wanted to do something different after I got these amazing prints from Skoope Home in the mail.

I knew they would be perfect in Ruby’s playroom.  There is a lonely wall next to her teepee where a single framed colorful map hangs, but I have been wanting to add to it and make it more of a gallery wall.  The Skoope Home prints are black and white, so to add a pop of color (and switch up the off-white mat), I decided to paint the mats some coordinating colors from the room.  Here is how I did it:

Painting frame mats is a really easy and inexpensive way to add some color to your wall, without overdoing it.


I pulled out my collection of my beloved Martha Stewart all-purpose craft paints (I buy them at Michael’s) and selected three colors that went well with the colors in the playroom, and didn’t clash with the map.



I popped out the mats, laid them out on a paper bag, and used a large soft bristle brush to paint on two coats, letting each coat dry in-between.

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When they were all dry, I put the frames back together with the new pretty prints inside and voila!  Color exactly where I wanted it.  I combined the map print with the newly framed and color matted art, and an “R” I had purchased a while back for Ruby’s nursery, but it just didn’t fit right.  I couldn’t love those prints more.




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Shae from Skoope Home is one of my favorite up and coming artists.  I can think of one billion places to put each and every one of her prints.  And she is just as nice as can be.  Love nice talented people!

And good news, peeps.  Shae is giving away that beautiful collection of prints I chose for Ruby’s playroom to one lucky withHEART reader!

To enter:

1)  Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Skoope Home print.  You can visit her website HERE.

Extra entries:

1)  Follow withHEART and Skoope Home on instagram.


Hope you have the loveliest of weekends.  Mine will be filled with a lot of painting, no doubt.  Come on kitchen remodel!

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  1. Traci Taylor says

    You did it again, girl. I am LOVING all of your fun and colorful DIY’s. We share the same affliction towards the mismatched whites of ikea frames and I absolutely love the simple idea of painting them for a pop of color. withHEART is quickly becoming my favorite blog! Happy Friday.


  2. Holly says

    You make it look so effortless! Love the prints, but my favorite must be heart print. Perfect with a red painted mat. Thanks!

  3. Jennifer says

    I like the “you are loved” print. I really enjoy your blog. Thank you do much for all the time and energy you put into it.

  4. Jessica Lindan says

    I’m in love with the “Love you this much” print. I also love that Shae’s prints are only $8 for a 5×7 and $12 for an 8×10! What a steal!!!

  5. Keisha Schultz says

    This blog post is such perfect timing… my financé and I just moved into a new loft this weekend and we have this HUGE wall that needs something! I told him about your gallery walls you talk about and he LOVED the idea. We have this rustic red wall that we are making into a gallery.

    The JOY print with a DIY gold mat would look perfect on our rustic red wall.

    Thanks for the tips..

    @kschultzOK follows both you and skoopehome on Instagram!

  6. Lauren says

    I love that ‘hustin’ print…that is something I literally said at work recently, so it would go so well at my desk!

  7. Dave says

    Thanks for the tip! When you’ve spray painted them, did you use a special spray paint or just any one of the options you can pick up at Home Depot?


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