Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Vintage Fabric Photo Matting Tutorial

I love the sepia toned photos in the living room, but with just plain white mattings they looked a little dull. I decided to add some interest with pretty vintage fabrics that coordinated with the room. Here's how I did it...
Step 1- I purchased several photo mattings, (on sale at Hobby Lobby) and then chose my fabrics.
Step 2- I cut the fabric to the same height and width as the matting. On the interior, I cut out the center leaving about an inch of fabric on all sides.
Step 3- Cut a diagonal line to each corner.

Step 4- On the right side of the matting, I placed a line of glue near the outside edge (basic glue stick) and positioned the fabric lining up the edges.

Step 5- Flip the matting over and fold and secure the inside edges.

Step 6- Center your picture and place in the frame. That's it! A pretty easy way to brighten up a picture wall.

This project is also part of the "Make Your Monday" link event on Kim's Twice Remembered blog. Click here for other Make Your Monday participants.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mini Living Room Make-Over

I felt the need for a little change in the living room. Something a bit brighter and more fun for the summer months. With just a few yards of fabric and a couple of pictures I was able to do it for very little money.
The major elements of the room remain the same...neutral green walls and white and dark wood furniture pieces. The pillows all got new covers in bright bold prints from Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room line and a vintage 1960's bedspread. A linen barrel lampshade from Target (24.99) was embellished with fabric flowers cut from another 60's bedspread.
Over the chair, a new picture from Kohl's (50% off) is hung alongside two sepia-toned photos with vintage fabric matting. I'll share an easy tutorial for that project in the next post. :)
The only change in the dining room is a new table runner.
So there it is, for around $80.00 I have a fresh look for the living room. :-)