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Refresh Outdated Framing and Matting

Happy Monday to you all! I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  Do you ever look at your older art work or maybe you have found a thrifted-piece and wish the matting or frame was different?  Well, my friends, I’m here to tell you don’t be scared to update professionally framed art pieces.   Two of the first pieces of art I had professionally framed at Michael’s, were botanical prints that hung on a burnt orange wall.  I had them framed with orange matting to bring out the orange in the prints.  Now they are in our family room that has absolutely no other orange.  It really doesn’t go with curated-coastal-cottage style.  (I suppose you could just call it eclectic, but I like curated-coastal-cottage better!)  😉

Here is how I carefully dissembled, updated, and reassembled my professionally framed art. 🙂

Refresh Outdated Framing/Matting

Step one: Remove any hardware.SONY DSCStep two: Carefully peel back the outside cover.  If the adhesive is really stuck, use a box cutter to help loosen or cut it.SONY DSCStep three:  Bend back the staples or tabs that hold the foam core board in place with a butter knife. Remove the board, art, and matting.SONY DSCStep four: Time to update!  If you are painting your mat, use a foam brush and paint two to three light coats.  I used left over interior paint.  Of course craft paint, acrylic, or even oil paint would do the job.  Just make sure you use light coats so your mat doesn’t get to wet.  Now is the perfect time to update your frame too.  Spray paint with primer and then a metallic or other color of your choice.orange-paint-674x800Here’s the before…. orange-framing-677x800SONY DSCAnd the after.



After I rehung the updated artwork, I styled the top of the IKEA bookcase with silver and brass.deer.jpg-617x800We have a lot of home accessories.  Yes, I do buy some of them, but most of them come from my grandparents and my husband’s deployments.


Here’s the plan for the rest of the room:

1.  Update the two silver lamps

2.  Better window treament (without buying new curtains!)

3. Coffee table makeover

4.  Fireplace wall!

Are any of you working on room makeovers or updates?

Have a wonderful week friends,








This post is linked to LWSL: Thrifty Thursday.


    1. Thanks Veronica! It’s a difficult room to decorate and we are restricted to rental rules, but a challenge is always fun. My favorite wall is the tv wall! Heading over to your gorgeous site! Glad you stopped by.

  1. I am always in awe of how many cool DIY projects you take on 🙂 Thank you for sharing Kathy!

  2. Clever idea! I have a box of framed pictures from our old house that I haven’t been able to figure out what to do with since our move (nearly 2 years ago *gasp*). Going to dig back through them with this idea in mind. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay, I’m glad you found it useful. I have so much art work that I don’t hang because of old matting and ugly frames. Have a great day Sarah!

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