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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tips for Frames and Mats & a Remodel

I've been very busy the last few days - painting frames and ugly mats which had a hideous color on them. Yes, you can paint mats. Just do it "drily" and don't get the mats too wet. I wouldn't do it if I was going to sell it but for my own use I would. Nuuuuuu, don't do it to a picture with value to it because it would probably devalue, it but to one that isn't much more than eye candy for you, it would be fine.

Two little clothespin bags I did today also.

Here's the remodel we hope to get done this summer. I'm dreading the plaster dust all over the house but it gives me more wall space and I definitely need that, my sweet chicks!! :-)


  1. Your close pins bags are adorable! I hear you about plaster dust! I think it is in my blood

  2. Hi Connie ~ I too have been painting picture frames lately since I have a lot more pictures to display... like my new grandbaby :-) It is good to know that I can paint old mats! I would have never thought of the idea. I should take a picture of my newly improved "picture wall" for a post soon.


  3. Hi Connie,
    Never thought about painting the mats. That's a great idea and your close pin bags are really cute!!!!
    I sure wouldn't look forward to all the dust. Drop by for the giveaway.

  4. Hi Connie!

    I love what you do - you have so many nifty ideas. Reading what you're doing and what several other gals are doing on their blogs, has given me the "bug" to do some re-decorating. (insert smile here) Hubby even approved.

    First thing on the agenda...our Master Bedroom and Bathroom.

    Later Dearie...

  5. Connie your clothes pin bags are so pretty, know one would mind hanging up laundry. I did not know you could paint mats, I will have to give it a try with a dry brush. I love your pictures frames you do great work.


  6. Yes, I think that new wall will be great! Love your clothes pin bags. Plaster dust! YUCK! Been down that path. Good luck with the remodel.


  7. You're always a busy lady.

    Love your clothespin bags. The first one is my favorite. That fabric is gorgeous.

  8. Good morning Connie :)

    I love those clothespin bags!

    I can't wait to see the room finished. I could use a little more wallspace myself. I have more pictures than walls LOL


  9. what sweet little clothespin bags! Can I come over and sew with you ??!!I don't have much patience for painting but I am trying to slow down when I paint and not hurry ..:) xoxo

  10. I've painted mats too, you are right, dry is the key!

  11. Love the tip on painting mats - I am figuring out ways to make them highlight the photos better than they do straight from the store. Love all the ideas on your blog - I will be back!

  12. Don't ya just love remodeling! I really do enjoy it! It's going to be nice and we can all use more wall space. Thanks again for your sweet comments and good luck with your project.

  13. Looks like it will be great.
    I love your built in shelves at the top of your walls.

  14. Hey Connie,
    another great use for those closepin bags are for plastic bags..I have one in my craftroom with plastic bags...very handy indeed...:)

  15. How exciting to add wall space. Yes girlfriend you do need it.The dust will be all worth it when your done.
    Have a great day,

  16. Oh, boy, do I understand the need for walls!! I'm in a split level - and walls don't exist! The living room doesn't have a single wall - except the one that the fireplace takes up - and the other one that the bay window takes up... The rest is open to the dining area and open to the foyer (save for a railing)... Dining room - same thing - one wall that has a window - then open to the living room, open to the kitchen, and half wall to the step down family room... Kitchen - we won't eve go there...No walls... no windows... too sad :(...Donna


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