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A Matte Makeover

Posted: April 12th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

I continue to be amazed at how a little can of spray paint can completely transform a piece. I wish I would have done this sooner and added it to the Spray Painting Party that Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick hosted a couple weeks ago!

Let’s actually take a trip down spray painting lane…

Do you remember my spray painted bed?


Above this bed I had purchased a large transferable monogram (from the wonderful, WonderfulGraffiti) that I simply adhered to a piece of uncut matte, then had a custom matte placed over it and framed it all. That has been my only problem with using the stick on transfers on bare walls - I just hate the feeling of them not being able to be reused. With the monogram being framed, I felt I could move it anywhere I wanted. I’m so glad I did this because not only did the matte not match the newly painted bed but the bed was too high for a frame to go above it. Therefore, I wanted to move the matte to another area in the room. 

{ I’m so mad that I don’t even have a before picture but just think of a framed picture you have and the matte doesn’t match a wall paint color anymore. Would it annoy you as badly as it annoys me?}

So I just took a can of brown spray paint that I had, did a little shake, and a little spray…

…and presto!


An Old/New piece of wall art! 

It is now a much better match with the wall color and the wood doors.

And get this…up close the paint even gives the matte a leathered look. Who knew?!

♥ Katie


Don’t forget to stop by  Susan’s Met Monday for other makeovers!

14 Comments on “A Matte Makeover”

  1. 1 Barb @ Grits and Glamour said at 7:26 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    So cute! Love the pretty monogram!

  2. 2 Artie said at 7:26 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    I would have never thought of spraypainting matting - but it looks amazing, great job! Also so glad you posted this. I think this is the first time I’ve been to your blog - and I’m super impressed, and inspired. Off to look at more of your great pictures.

  3. 3 m said at 7:38 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    That is so darn cute!

    m ^..^

  4. 4 susan said at 7:47 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    Is there anything a can of spray paint can’t do :) Very smart!

  5. 5 Shelia said at 7:48 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    Love your newly sprayed bed and the new artwork is just precious!
    You’re very good!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelai :)

  6. 6 Linda said at 9:50 pm on April 12th, 2009:

    Since I started blogging, spray paint has become my new best friend!

    Love your framed monogrammed letter! I love anything monogrammed!

    Happy Met Monday!

  7. 7 Jessica said at 4:55 am on April 13th, 2009:

    I so love monograms! Great Job!

  8. 8 Becky said at 7:26 am on April 13th, 2009:

    Great idea…I actually spray painted a mat of a thrifted print…its a great way to make these mats match our colors…your bed is beautiful…thanks for sharing

  9. 9 Marty said at 11:55 am on April 13th, 2009:

    What a super idea, and the effect of the leather is such a bonus. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  10. 10 Mrs. Petrie said at 12:30 pm on April 13th, 2009:

    Very nice! That monogram is awesome and it looks so nice framed and matted.

  11. 11 Michelle said at 5:14 pm on April 13th, 2009:

    Very pretty! You just can’t go wrong with monograms.

  12. 12 Laurel said at 6:07 pm on April 13th, 2009:

    What a gorgeous monogram - I’ve never thought to frame vinyl lettering - it’s beautiful. Thanks

  13. 13 ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ said at 6:48 pm on April 13th, 2009:

    Very nice job. Who da thought. I usually use a brush and often I’m not to happy with the results. .brush marks!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  14. 14 Kelly said at 6:37 pm on April 14th, 2009:

    What a great idea. I am a monogram lover! I need these!

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