Shannon Berrey

How to create a custom mat with fabric

Monday, November 21, 2011

I wanted to share some of the ideas used in the guest room I revealed on Friday.Today, I 'll show you how to create a one of a kind mat that really elevates artwork or a photo.

 I ordered this 12"x16" print on etsy:

 I also bought a 16"x20" frame and a 16"x20" mat that had an 11" x14" opening. The 11"x14" mat opening was a little too small and covered up some of the print. I decided to cut the inside edges of the mat to make it larger. 

I measured the print and determined how much of the mat needed to be cut off.

I used a small mat knife and a ruler. {Remember you have to cut off all the sides, not just one or your picture will be lopsided}

{I am not working on some crazy rock surface--that is the picture that came in the frame!!} I used the same fabric to cover my mat that I used to make the euro shams.

 Using a fabric with a stripe or a plaid can be good and bad. It's helpful in that you have specific lines to guide you. It can make it a bit harder in that any mistake you make is really obvious.  

Make sure that you line up your mat on the part of the fabric that you want to see. I wanted the citrus stripe to be predominant. Then, I cut the fabric, leaving about a 1" fabric overhang on both the inside and outside of the mat.

I failed to take a picture of the next step, but once you have cut out the fabric from the middle, you need to make a diagonal cut in the fabric in each corner {you can see this cut in the next picture} 

Using spray glue {outside--this stuff is sticky and stinky} I covered the mat with a thin coat and laid the sticky side down on the back side of the fabric making sure it is lined up correctly. On the right side, smooth out any bubbles. 

With a hot glue gun {I prefer the low temp} begin gluing each section by pulling it snugly to the back side of the mat.


On the outside corners, I cut out as much extra fabric as possible.


Remember that the outside 1/4" edge of the mat gets hidden behind the frame so the outside corners don't have to be perfect.

The finished back:  

There were some tiny threads on the inside corners where the fabric was diagonally cut. My method {and try this at your own risk and DO NOT try with a high temp glue gun} is to put a tiny drop of hot glue on the backside, in the corner, as close to the edge as possible. Working fast, I licked my finger and smoothed the little threads from the front to the back. It worked perfectly!   

On the back of the mat, I secured the print in place with 2 little dots of hot glue in the upper corners.   

 If fabrics not your thing, you could use wrapping paper, scrap book paper, ribbons, cork--be creative!!

Guest room reveal

Friday, November 18, 2011












 {still debating if we should leave the doors off or put back on--I kind of like them off} 






Just finished this guestroom of a families mountain vacation home. All of the furniture is Mr. Clients childhood furniture. I gave it all a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. I love the sweetness and simplicity of the final project. This room was super dark with only a ceiling fan light kit and dark green trim {not sure where my before pics are}. It got recessed lighting and a wood clad ceiling and wainscotting. The wood received only one coat of paint to allow all the grain and rustic charm to come through. I will share more details next week. 

Have a fabulous weekend!   

She's back!! and other tidbits

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shop on crazy lady, shop on.



And thanks to several of you lovely readers for giving me this info: 

Channels 17 and 147 are active and fa-la-laa-ing!



Several of you have asked for my chocolate cake recipe that I spoke about here. I have never shared a recipe on the blog before, but, because I love you pretties so much, today's your lucky day. Behold :



 I am finishing up an install today so hopefully tomorrow I will have pictures.

Studio legohead

Wednesday, November 16, 2011









Are these not the most adorable pet portraits EVA? I am seriously crushing on artist Jo

Chambers. Jo is the textile artist and illustrator behind the company Studio-legohead in

England. Her passion is predominately dogs {love her more!!} and she wants stories of

the ‘models’ she is commissioned to paint. I love her simple lines and her inclusion of the

doggie accessories {scarves. hats, tiaras, etc}.     



I asked Jo, ‘why the name Studio-legohead??’ Jo: ‘The name Studio Legohead, never mean’t

 to stick. It started as a bit of a joke, but as I became more noticed, it has just ended up staying.

I'm 34, but since the age of 17 I had a bob haircut, which, over the years (until I was 32!!!)

 changed in length of fringe, overall cut etc. One of my hometown friends, on first meeting

 me thought I was wearing a hat, as at the time it was very short and quite severe!!! Then

slowly I was known as the girl with the Legohead haircut, so my nickname became Legohead,

 or Legoheadjo!!!’ {don’t you love a good back story?}



 You can peruse more of Jo’s work and her models or commission your own portrait
{Christmas present!} by visiting her site here. 


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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