February 21, 2014

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. Becki @ Bites 'n Brews

    February 21st, 2014 at 10:24 am

    You Are Loved. Always a nice reminder.

  2. Susan M.

    February 21st, 2014 at 11:36 am

    love, Love, LOVE the giraffe! He’s just so stinkin’ cute! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Traci Taylor

    February 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am

    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.


  4. Kathryn Olsen

    February 21st, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    I love the Kitchen Tools print! Love your blog, love everything you do, love your little Ruby (and her name), and you!
    I hope I win!! 🙂

  5. Holly

    February 21st, 2014 at 1:16 pm

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

  6. Julie W

    February 21st, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the Dinner print – “Dinner is in the fridge. *uncooked.” SO cute! Great giveaway!

  7. karen w.

    February 21st, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    love the heart! simple and cute

  8. Katie

    February 21st, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I love the Love You This Much print!!

  9. Jennifer

    February 21st, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    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.

  10. Michele

    February 21st, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite is definitely “Tools”. It’s such a cute kitchen print.

  11. Erica

    February 21st, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I LOVE the “Dinner is in the fridge” print. SO perfect 🙂

  12. Jessica Lindan

    February 22nd, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    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!!!

  13. natalie

    February 22nd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I love “You Are Loved!”

  14. natalie

    February 22nd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    and I followed you on Instagram!

  15. natalie

    February 22nd, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    and Skoope Home, too!

  16. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    February 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    I loooove the “parents” print! So glad you introduced her shop!

  17. Koko @ Koko Likes

    February 23rd, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The simple heart!!

  18. Keisha Schultz

    February 24th, 2014 at 9:25 am

    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!

  19. Meredith

    February 24th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I love the kitchen tools print! My bare kitchen wall would look great with that hanging on it!

  20. Meredith

    February 24th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I now follow withHEART on instagram!

  21. Meredith

    February 24th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I am also following skoope home on instgram!

  22. Shannon

    February 24th, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Oooh I love this! My fav is the JOY print – simple, yet a great message to have up year round!

  23. Shannon

    February 24th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    And of course I’m following you on Insta!

  24. Shannon

    February 24th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    ….AND now I follow Skoope too!!


    February 25th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    […] forget to enter the Skoope Home giveaway!  It’s such a great one, with such a talented […]

  26. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor

    February 25th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    No lie…the off white mat drives me up the wall!! What a fun way to easily update them!

  27. Lauren

    February 27th, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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

  28. Dave

    September 24th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    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?

  29. Jen

    September 24th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks Dave! I used liquid craft paint from a craft store rather than spray paint for the mats.

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