IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats

IKEA is my go-to for two things in particular: curtains (hacks here and here) and picture frames. Since having kids, my wall art has become heavily skewed towards pictures of those little munchkins and I love the affordable framing options offered at IKEA. I actually can’t remember the last IKEA trip that didn’t result in a frame purchase…

We have twelve 20 x 20 RIBBA frames in our great room (six pictured, above). The mats come in a slightly off-white hue which has driven me CRAZY over the past year since the wall that they hang on is a crisp white. I priced out replacement mats…yikes, hundreds of dollars! My mom gave me the great idea of painting the existing photo mats and said that she had done it in the past with her mats with success. Her recommended tool? One of those cheap foam rollers from the dollar store.

I knew I wanted neutral and had the perfect paint left over from a previous project. It’s a grey/taupe color called Smooth Stone, carried at the Home Depot.

To start, I decided to paint only every other mat, to give the gallery wall a bit more interest. I’m still debating as to whether or not I’ll leave them as is or if I’ll paint them all the pale grey/taupe color.

Anyway, I am so pleased with how they turned out. As usual, my mom was right, and the foam rollers worked perfectly and gave me that smooth finish I was after. Word to the wise…do this project in one of the cleaner rooms in your house. I did it in our office, which I thought was clean, but battled little hairs/dust bunnies trying to attach themselves to the roller as I worked on this project.

Supplies

Paint of your choice
Photo mat
Small foam roller (purchased at dollar store)

IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats

Directions

Start by taking apart your frame. Blow any dust or particles off of the mat. Place on newspaper or drop cloth.

 

IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats

Roll your roller in a small amount of paint. Be very careful not to get too much paint on the brush. Since the mats are essentially paper, they are very absorbent and may soak in too much paint and warp.

IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats

IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats

 

Allow to dry for about 30 minutes and then do a second coat. Wait an hour or two and re-assemble your frames.

IKEA Hack - Painted Ribba Mats