d i y d a y.

Happy Friday! This week went by so fast for me! I feel like I was just on here sharing my first diy project a few days ago! Anyways, I don’t know if I’m going to do this every Friday, but for today, I’m going to show you another quick, easy, and budget friendly project.

I am a lover of gallery walls. Always have been, always will be. They are everywhere in our house. I just think it is a great way to add a clean, inviting look to any wall. Ikea is typically my favorite place to pick up some good frames because they have a lot of options and they are pretty inexpensive. But, since I no longer have an Ikea right around the corner from me, I have purchased ALL of my frames from target. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about target. The size options are just a little more limited there and they are a little pricier, but nonetheless, I love them:)

I was looking around my house a few weeks ago, and I noticed that almost every frame in my downstairs was exactly the same! I didn’t even mean to do it, I guess I just really love the frames:) I was getting ready to hang these much loved frames in my entryway, and I just kept staring at them trying to figure out how I could make them different from the other ones all throughout my first floor. I was inspired by one frame I had seen on targets website, but it was too expensive. Then it hit me, why not spray paint the photo matting in the frame so I can give it an entirely new look?! Don’t you just love those moments when you have a life changing idea?! 🙂

So all of that to say, here is the inspiration picture frame

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Doesn’t it look so classy?! I was obsessed with it but just didn’t want to pay that much money. This frame in the size I needed was $34 I believe which isn’t that bad, I just wanted to spend less. So I decided to buy a less expensive wood frame and a bottle of spray paint, and I was determined to make it look as close to the inspiration frame as possible. This is the frame I have in basically every room of our house!

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The frame is $20 and the spray paint from hobby lobby with my 40% off coupon was $6. So, if we do the math, with spray painting the existing matting, the frames averaged out to be $21.50 each, which to me is a pretty good savings!

So, let the project begin…

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So here is the process. I laid out a drop cloth, put the matting and the backs of the frames on it and started spraying! It took 2 heavy coats for both. The last photo they were drying so it looks like they are a bit splotchy, but they actually turned out nearly flawless! I spray painted the backing of the frames because my prints were only 8×10 and the opening in the matting was for an 11×14 print I believe. So I figured if I just spray the back, you wouldn’t even be able to tell my print size was wrong for the frame:)

Here is the finished product…

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This was a rewarding project. It was super cheap, super easy, and it completed my entryway just the way I had envisioned it to. This would be great to do on frames you may already have in the house. Then you will really save money because all you need is a can of spray paint! Once I did these, I started thinking about doing every frame in our house like this, BUT I wanted the entryway to feel different so I calmed down and just stuck with doing these four frames:)

So if you decide to do this for yourself, here is a list of what you will need:

  • Drop cloth, old sheet, or anything you don’t mind getting paint on
  • One can of spray paint (more if you are doing more than 4 frames, and I chose chalky finish but I’m sure any finish would be fine)
  • Prints for the frame. The ones I have in there are literally images I found online and printed off for free. When they are printed on cardstock paper, they look the best. You can also order instant downloadable prints from Etsy and they are awesome!

Have a great weekend!

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