The recent changes we just made to our kitchen from blue to earth tones of browns and greens meant some of our old wall pictures no longer worked. A lot had to go, but we had some photos taken by our daughter when she was a teenager that we wanted to keep but the antique rose mats wasn't doing it for me. Before buying new mats for the frames I decided to give painting them a try. I was amazed at how well they turned out.
Using a sponge and some acrylic paint I had left over
from the "tole painting" phase in my life
I went at them.
Starting at the inside edge,
I just kept dabbing the paint on.
I don't think using a brush would have worked as well.
I used Autumn Brown paint because I love the color,
and even though it was a lighter shade than the frames,
when assembled, the mats just blended into the frames.
~back to the drawing board~
I wasn't sure if It would be possible to add more coats of paint,
but after three coats of Antique White
new mats for my frames.
I'm happy with the results!