Crafts DIY Painting

{Hand Painted} Chevron Frame Matting

If you read this week’s TRS Blog Shout-Out, you know that I absolutely love the Chevron design. LOOOOOOVE it.

When my husband recently found some of my acrylic paints that were buried in the laundry room, it gave me some major inspiration.

So, here it is.

I took an old picture frame and hand painted a cute Chevron design on the matting to match my older daughter’s room. I think it turned out so funky and so fun!

Along with the acrylic paints, my husband also found this picture frame with a picture of us at a costume party when we first started dating in 2003.

I was an Indian and he was a Cowboy.

{Insert awwwwwww sound here}

The frame was dusty and dirty and the picture had started to get some weird marks on it, so I thought this would be the perfect time to re-purpose it and bring it back to life with some bright colored acrylic paint.

So that’s exactly what I did.

First, I found a Chevron design online to use as a stencil and printed it out.

I cut the design out and folded the paper in half, making sure the design matched up on both sides.

I took my scissors and cut out some of the Chevron design, then took a pencil and lightly traced the design onto the matting from the frame.

This is what it looks like finished. It wasn’t perfect, so I had to go back and fix some things. I am all about it not being perfect, so I did leave some of it alone. ­čÖé

Since I was using several colors while painting, I went ahead and marked which Chevron would be what color. I used orange, white, green and pink.

Here’s the first color applied. I did it color by color since I was only using one paint brush.

Here it is with all colors applied in 2 coats. I felt like it needed some more definition, so I took a black sharpie and outlined all the colors. Plus it helped to cover a lot of my flaws. LOL!

And there you have it. A completely transformed frame! I think it’s great. I actually like the unevenness and messiness. My daughter loved it and kept telling me how pretty it was. She then promptly took it to her room and put it up on display.

Makes a momma feel good!



Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. LOVE IT! OMG Vanessa! That pick of you and N is AWESOME!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Haha thanks! we look so young! And the hubs looks mighty fine.. ­čśë

  2. This looks so cool! I love the fun colors you chose. And that chevron is awesome!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Thank you! I am in love with bright colors. If my husband would let me paint my whoe house neon, I would!l lol!

  3. So cute!!! I love Chevron too!!! I love the pic of you and Nathan… awesome!

    1. The Rookie Seamstress says:

      Thank you! We look so young don’t we??

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