As we unpacked and decorated our new house, I rediscovered the prints. Short on art and heavy on walls, I tried the old prints in the new dining room. New house, new walls, new vibe, right? I still liked the frame and mat, but the pictures continued to remind me of trying to see through the windshield during a foggy rainstorm (oddly, this is a recurring nightmare of mine). The prints also seemed too traditional for what I wanted the room to feel like. I had to make a change. Determined not to pay retail for more generic art, I looked for inspiration everywhere - art fairs, thrift shops, estate sales, etc.
This past week, I found my inspiration in this tablecloth:
|Inspiration for new wall art|
Originally, I figured I would cut up the tablecloth and staple it to stretcher frames. Ultimately, I decided to use the tablecloth as designed (on the table) and frame two of the napkins instead. Keep reading to learn how to I did it:
How To Update Artwork from Framed Print to Framed Fabric:
- Fabric - in my case, I used a 20" x 20" napkin for each frame
- Iron and ironing board
- Tape Measure or Ruler
- Framed Print
- Iron the fabric.
|Napkin before ironing|
- Place the framed art on a large work surface, front-side down and carefully slit the paper backing on three sides using scissors.Note: I worked on the dining room floor.
|Slit paper backing on three sides.|
- Peel the paper backing.
Note: You should notice small metal tabs hold artwork in place.
|Peel paper back to reveal metal tabs.|
- Bend back the metal tabs, and remove artwork.
Note: Leave the glass in the frame and clean it is necessary.
|Remove artwork, but leave glass in place.|
- Gently pull mat free from print.
Note: In my case, the mat was attached using double-sided tape. Be very careful to not bend or damage the mat.
|Separate mat from artwork.|
- Run the mat over your fabric (napkin) until you determine the desired arrangement. Mark with a pencil and cut fabric to desired size using scissors or a rotary cutter.
Note: I cut a 13" x 13" square of fabric, which left a 1/2 " selvage on all sides.
- Tape fabric to mat on back side.
Note: Pull fabric taut before you apply tape. Depending on the fabric weight, you may want to use duct tape.
|Cut fabric to size and tape to back of mat.|
- Place mat back in frame and top with flipped over artwork. Press metal tabs down to hold everything in place.
Note: Placing artwork back in the frame strengthens everything. I flipped mine because the white backing of my artwork is white - it will not bleed through the white fabric. Adjust according to your specific artwork/fabric combination.
|Place artwork back in frame, front side facing back.|
- Fold paper backing back over your work and tape.
|Tape paper backing to secure|
- You're done! Hang back on the wall and admire your work.
Want to try this, but don't have a piece of artwork you need to change out? Garage sales and thrift shops are full of gently used frames/artwork. If the artwork is not your taste, but the frame is in good shape, buy it and change out the art! Or, just pick up a new frame at a craft shop and frame away!