March 20, 2013

Burlap Photo Mats


It sure doesn't feel like Spring here in Minnesota!

It's sunny, yet bitter cold and windy.

Inside things are beginning to look a little more Spring-like.

I've been slowing working on transforming my Living Room to give it a easy, breezy spring feel.  I'm not completely finished yet but I can share one of the quick projects I feel helped me get the look I was hoping for.

I found two over-sized photo frames at the thrift store a while back and knew they would be prefect on either side of my large window. I gave them a fresh coat of paint and then a little distressing.  That's when I hit a snag.  I had nothing that would fit into the big frames.  I searched and search with no luck.  Finally, one morning last week I had an idea.

I remembered a handful of  botanical prints I picked up at Junk Bonanza last year - Perfect!  The prints worked nicely but then I hit snag #2.  No photo mats to match the frame size or the print size.

That's when I decided to try burlap.  
Guess what?  It worked!!


I had very pale, almost white burlap on hand - my favorite type.
I simply cut the burlap to match the size of the glass and centered the print in the middle.


I had enough burlap at use on both large frames . . . 


Plus a handful of smaller frames.  Just because I was loving the look so much.  

The burlap gives the frames a nice added texture.  I have found that I like to make sure the backing behind the burlap is not white.  I think it looks best when I used the plain cardboard backing most frames come with.  It helps define the burlap a little better then a white background does.


What do you think?

Are you enjoying the look as much as I am?


Have a great day,

30 comments:

  1. What a great idea!

    I love the basket on the end table.

    And, I love the end table. My parents had similar end tables in the house when I was growing up. I love how it looks painted.

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  2. I love the look. I think everything in your home is looking great! Very bright, cheery and spring like.

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  3. Love this look Robin especially with the botanical print!

    Anne

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  4. That is such a cute look. I think I know what I'm going to do with that frame I found at the thrift store now. Thanks for the idea!

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  5. That burlap is the perfect color for spring!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  6. I love it! So soft and pretty!! I have some botanicals I've been meaning to back with burlap for over a year now. I always have so many unfinished projets!

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  7. The burlap is a wonderful touch...I love anything burlap. Love that basket as well. Great post!

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  8. I really like the burlap matting for your prints. The texture of the burlap adds interest.
    Mary Alice

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  9. That looks really nice, Robin. Love the touch of burlap. It is still really cold in WI, too. Crazy weather this year- xo Diana

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  10. I really love this look, Robin...the texture is wonderful! I recently found an old frame that has a burlap mat...I haven't figured out what I want to frame in it yet...your botanicals are beautiful!

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  11. I love it! I might have to copy this great idea. Mimi

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  12. Well - that worked out perfectly, didn't it? I haven't even though of spring decor yet - too much snow here in Toronto. Maybe this weekend I'll pull out some pretty botanical prints, too, and get started!

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  13. Your new frames and burlap backing looks wonderful! I love the look and your botanical prints fit in perfectly with your pretty flowered curtains. Really nice!
    Hugs Cindy

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  14. What a great idea! The burlap really adds a lot of texture without overpowering the pretty prints.

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  15. These are super pretty Robin! I love burlap and this way of using it adds on to the love. Thank you for visiting my site too!have a nice day!

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  16. I luv them!! The 1st flower almost looks like our Texas Bluebonnets.

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  17. I love this! What a great idea ;)
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  18. I LOVE it, Robin! What a great solution and it looks great. I especially like it with the botanical prints you used.

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  19. They look lovely! What a great idea!

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  20. What a fantastic idea!! I love it. I am going to frame a painting my niece made from a photo I took of her when she was 3 years old and living on the island of Saipan. This is the perfect matte for the painting. Thank you!

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  21. So pretty - the frames, the botanicals and the burlap! No matter what's happening outside, it sure looks like spring in your home!

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  22. Your home is so gorgeous! What a wonderful use of burlap! Would love to have you show this post off at our Give Me the Goods Monday link party!

    http://www.marriedfiling-jointly.com/2013/03/give-me-goods-party-1.html

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

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  23. wow Robin, LOVE the look of your frames. what a great idea!!

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  24. Robin, Congrats! You'll be featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays for your Burlap-Photo-Mats. Thanks so much for sharing. Don't forget to grab a button if you'd like and have a wonderful Easter!


    Jody

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  25. Visiting from Give Me the Goods link party. LOVE this look. It's so crisp and clean. Definitely using this as inspiration for my next photo gallery wall :)

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  26. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I think I just might have to do this if I can find some prints I like. :)

    Thank you for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday and I hope you come back to party with us next Monday!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

    http://www.marriedfiling-jointly.com

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  27. Love the look and texture of the burlap. So fresh and springy. ~d

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  28. I think these are beautiful! Great work.

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