For the Birds!

I inherited a bird print from my grandmother that was a gift to her from my parents many years ago.  My grandmother had it matted and framed to match her blue 1950’s bathroom tile.  The 80’s pink and blue themed mats didn’t quite go with my décor, so I decided to paint the mat to get the color I wanted and hoped to not spend a lot of money in the process.

Before:
Birdbefore

The artist, now deceased, is local and the frame handmade walnut. 

I first tried painting the blue mat gold because I had some gold paint on hand and I thought it might work.  Wrong!  It was so bad that I didn’t take a picture of it.  I then took a print that I wanted to hang in a grouping along with this one to Home Depot and had a paint sample mixed in a coordinating green.  Bingo!  For less than $4.00, I now had a mat that coordinated with my grouping plan.
Birds1

I like this print so much better with the green mat.  I found the print to the left of it at a local antique store and the other bird print was my grandmother’s.  This grouping fills what was a blank wall quite nicely.
Birds2
Birds3
Now why didn’t I do this sooner?

I’m sharing with Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Reading Party.
Weekend Bloggy Reading

21 Comments

  1. I have always been in love with this room Paula, but now Ilove it even more! You are a traditional gal like myself and those prints are very traditional in style. Great job!
    xoxo,
    Kim

  2. Paula, its beautiful. I love all the prints in that grouping. Thanks for the glimpse into your beautiful home. Gorgeous pictures, gorgeous home

  3. Better late than never right? It looks terrific! I love the green, of course that is my favorite color 🙂

  4. That looks really good Paula! You’re so much smarter than I am. Color match – duh! I usually end up painting and mixing paint and repainting, etc. The grouping looks fabulous!

  5. It looks fabulous!! I feel the same way so often–why didn’t I do __ sooner? For me, it’s fear of messing up. :s

  6. That looks great! Love the changed mat, and yes, it seems so simple…but we don’t always do the simple things first, right?

    Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from Amanda’s Weekend Bloggy Link Up!

  7. Meant to also tell you how nicely everything in the room ties together. Your mantel is lovely!!! 🙂

  8. Great idea Paula and so sweet to have a print of your grandmothers! Love your pictutre grouping and your sitting room is so warm and inviting…nice!!!

  9. I love it! It looks perfect with the new paint color. The whole wall grouping looks wonderful. And your living room is so lovely.

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