I love incorporating art and photography in basically all my designs, but framing and matting can get unnecessarily expensive. A custom frame can cost anywhere from $50 to HUNDREDS of dollars [eek!] which isn't great for the budget minded designer or client. One of my easy solutions to this dilemma: DIY fabric matting! If done correctly, this can make any piece of art look classy and amazing [yes, even your kid's adorable finger painting projects can be chic with the right matting].
On the quest to make my friend's new apartment more homey and inviting, we started out with one of my amazing artist aunt's prints [you can check them out and purchase them in my SHOP]. The print already came with white matting, which could have easily gone into a standard size frame, but we wanted to make it a little more interesting...
Next came a trip to a local thrift store that always have a great stock of random sized frames, which are all insanely cheap [almost all are $5 or less!]. Goodwill is another great spot for affordable frames.
My friend then made her way to my go to fabric store, and picked up a really lovely, textural gray fabric. This project is a perfect time to make use of the remnant section of your local fabric store, FYI.
Next, we took the backing of the frame and used my industrial stapler [that thing terrifies me slightly] to stretch the fabric over the backing. [we also ironed the fabric, just to help it stay extra smooth]
This is what it looks like when the fabric itself is framed [not too shabby]
Here is another fabric she purchased. It's amazing what a difference color can make when it comes to matting. We decided we preferred the darker matting since it made the white pop more, but the golden color would have looked lovely too.
And voila! Looks pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. It took us less than 10 minutes to do, and the total cost was $31 for the print, frame and fabric. Now that's some affordable art.
Here is is in her living space. Just in case you're curious, the print is called 'Mother and Child' and is $25 in my shop. Now I want to fabric mat everything I own. More or less.