See how I transformed regular {boring} white matted pictures frames into DIY ombre matted picture frames!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

It’s time for another month of Create with Me DIY Challenge!  I missed last month because I am a serious procrastinator and missed the deadline.  But, you can catch up on past months here.

The material we were to use this month was picture frames.  To be honest, I was kind of stumped!  Make something out of picture frames (like a terrarium?), make our own picture frames out of wood (meh?)?

I’ve had this thing with matted picture frames lately though.  I’m using them in our modern farmhouse hallway, too!  So, I decided to try and jazz up from regular white matted picture frames.

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Supplies:

I started with these pictures frames (exact ones linked above):

diy ombre matted picture frames

They aren’t the best quality.  But, when you only spend $14 a piece you know you’re not getting something great.  They are fine for the look I’m going for though and I think they look pretty nice for the cost.

I removed the mat from the frames and painted one with Maui Grey chalk paint and one with Parisian Grey chalk paint.  You guys, I LOVE this chalk paint!  I had never used it before but the matte finish is seriously beautiful.

diy ombre matted picture frames

I applied two coats of chalk paint on both of those mats.

To create the ombre effect I mixed both chalk paint colors together on a paper plate using a 2:1 ratio of Parisian Grey to Maui Sand.

diy ombre matted picture frames

Make sure you have enough paint to apply two coats onto the third mat.  You don’t want to run out and have to mix the exact color again!

I tested my new color out on the third mat and compared it to the other two mats to make sure if was complimentary.

diy ombre matted picture frames

Since I loved the color, I finished up the two coats and let them dry!

diy ombre matted picture frames

LOOOOVEEEE!!!

I finally had Evie’s hospital pictures printed.  You know, 3 months later.

I used black and white photos since the mats were all in the grey family.  All the black and white and grey goes so well with Evie’s nursery colors!

Ugh and I didn’t get the best pictures of the picture frames because of the reflection in the glass.  Sorry!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

I love how they look in the nursery AND looking at my sweet baby when she was just born!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

The ombre effect gives plain white frames a little pizzaz!  Nothing wrong with white matted frames but sometimes something a little different is interesting, too!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

DIY Ombre Matted Picture Frames using plain inexpensive white frames from Amazon and chalk paint! Easy DIY project to hang your family photos!

 

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AND, remember to check out what everyone else made using picture frames!


 

Wishing you a joyful day!

15 Comments

  1. Kristi Mercer

    What a beautiful idea! I love the pop of each photo mat agains the white frame and the ombre effect is so creative!!!

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  2. Jewell

    I’m beginning to get into an hombre mindset. But I almost didn’t see the mats for looking at your sweet baby’s face! Seriously, the mats are done well and the progression from one mat to another seems natural. Gray is still not in my color wheel, but I can appreciate it for others to use. Best wishes ?

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  3. Kim

    Wow, such a simple thing but the shade of each mat really brings attention to your cutie pie’s photo! I love this idea!

    Reply
  4. Debby

    Love the frames! What brand is the chair in the nursery?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks Debby! I linked to the exact product in my farmhouse girl’s nursery reveal (search farmhouse nursery reveal at top of blog). It’s from Amazon!

      Reply
  5. Michelle james

    These frames are just perfect to display photos of your beautiful little girl!! ?

    Reply
  6. Cut The Wood

    Wow what a collection. I am relay impressive about your work.Thanks for your post.

    Reply
  7. Colorninterior

    Really nice idea of using grey, white and black together, the picture frames are looking great on the wall. Thanks for the idea.

    Reply
  8. Amy Dowling

    These are perfect for the space! Love this idea. What a pretty room!

    Reply

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