You may have noticed that we do a lot of black and white around here. And I love it, I really do… but I also love my hits of Metallics. Today I partnered with Krylon to bring a copper metallic statement to a simple white photo frame. One of the color trends Krylon predicts for 2017 is the use of copper and can I just say how on board I am with that? You can find their mood board here but, seriously… I have so much copper in my house. From copper himmeli to curtain rods and now- a photo mat, I’m totally on board with this trend.
A couple years ago I went completely white with my photo frames. I love the way that they look cohesive for a gallery wall but when they stand alone with a piece of black and white lettering (something that I do a lot of!), they can be a little plain. I thought this would be a fun and really simple way to bring more copper into our space without spending a dime. You can do this with any photo frame you have on hand (I love the way it looks with a white frame an the white background for my lettering BUT I’m sure it would look striking with a black frame as well.
You know I can’t share a lettering piece without offering it up as a free printable- given all the stress that’s going on in the world right now (that’s a bit of an understatement, no?) I thought a simple ‘Love Wins’ would be appropriate! I also created one that reads ‘Love conquers all’ if that’s more your jam. You can grab both of those below.
To make your own DIY Copper Mat Photo Frame, you’ll need:
- A photo frame with mat
- Krylon Copper Metallic Spray Paint (the packaging on mine is a bit different than the US one, don’t let that fool you!)
- Drop cloth
- A graphic piece of black and white art to go inside… might I suggest a printable?
As always with spraypaint, make sure you are in a ventilated area and lay a dropcloth down bigger than you think you’ll need. The instructions on this one are pretty straight forward. I will warn you to go SUPER light with each coat though. Spray painting a material made of paper makes bleeding and losing texture really easy. I did about 8 light coats instead of 2 heavier ones. Avoid getting too close with the spray paint and make sure you move in circles for an even finish. I did want to mention again that if you live in the US, the packaging is different. You can see what it would look like right here. The Krylon metallics are my go-to for metallic projects. I’ve used the copper for projects before but also the gold (I love that it’s not too yellow!) and the satin nickel. I love that the colors are natural looking (I used this exact paint to make finials on my copper pipe (real) curtain rods- they match perfectly.
That’s really it! Let it dry completely before you frame it. Now all that’s needed is your piece of art! I have the two printable options for you below.
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If you use this DIY or these printables, I would LOVE to see! Tag me on social @colleenpastoor or shoot me an email.
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