Remember the enamel art I bought at the Christmas Fair when I was in Budapest? I still love how each piece is the same Hungarian landscape in four different seasons. Since I have now officially spent time in Hungary during each season, these mean a lot to me. The original framing was a bit traditional and bulky, so I asked if I could purchase them without frames to save some money and also to make them easier to pack. Honestly, they never would have fit in my suitcase like this:
I knew they’d fit in simple, white Ikea Ribba frames, but I figured I’d have to spring for
custom mats. When I got them home and bought some frames, however, I
realized custom matting might be tricky. In addition to not being
square, each piece is slightly convex. The original matting was imperfect too. Not to worry! Hubby & I came up with the genius
idea to avoid custom mats but still create a polish look: paint the cardboard mounts!
Here are the enamel pieces, unframed and mounted on their cardboard backing:
Using a really small angled brush with firm bristles, I carefully painted around the enamel with some leftover paint (the same blackish greyish mystery mis-tint I used for the railing, the custom frame for the black white painting, the dipped stool and about a million other DIY projects. I love this magic colour). Here’s what they looked like when I was done painting the cardboard mount:
I let the paint dry a few days to fully cure, then I popped the enamel landscapes into four Ikea frames. I love, love, love the result. The little strip of almost-black makes each piece POP and keeps them from getting lost against the white frames, mat, and walls. I opted to hang them in a vertical row between the curtains. That space always needed something.
Even from a distance, these little gems still pack some punch and I like how they connect the cooler and warmer colours in both the living and dining room. Plus, the black makes sense with the black accents splashed around both space, including the frame of the new dining room painting and the curtain rods. I’ll definitely consider just painting a backdrop (even if I have to mount it on some cardboard myself) the next time I have some art that needs a custom mat.