My mother-in-law sent us these two framed drawings of San Francisco a while back. I really liked the drawings but the mat was a strange orange/peach color and the frames had gold trim which didn't fit in with our decor (or at least my idea of what I want my decor to be... not that it's at that point right now!).
So I decided to paint both the frame and the mat. I started to paint the frame by hand, but it was taking so long and the black was showing through too much, so I ended up spray painting it. It had to dry overnight (I hate waiting!). Then I added a little antiquing (sort of). The mat I painted by hand, and had to be very careful because the drawing was glued to it and I didn't want to tear it by trying to take it off of the mat. Now that I think about it, though, I could have just covered the mat with some really pretty scrapbook paper. Oh well!
I didn't think it was necessary to show steps for this one, so here's the end result.
Now they're just right for my [someday] blue and white bathroom.