Nursery Progress : Stenciled Picture Frame Mat

I have another nursery project to share with you today.  I must say I’ve really enjoyed putting this room together piece by piece and am really loving how it’s turning out.  I can’t wait to share the final reveal with you soon!

One of the projects I did for the room is super easy!  It only took me maybe 15 minutes to complete this stenciled picture frame mat.  It’s totally worth trying if you want to update a boring frame!

stenciled picture frame mat graphic

First, buy a RIBBA frame from IKEA – or any old frame will do!


Get out your stencil, paint, and sponge paint brush.  If you’re working on a surface you don’t want painted put some scrap paper down under your project.  Place your stencil in the middle of the mat so that the design is centered when you’re done.  This will help it look more symmetrical.


You may want to tape the stencil down in a couple places to keep it from moving around while you paint.  I hate extra steps, so I skipped that and just held it down as I went.  Then start stenciling.  Dip your paint brush in a little bit of paint and then dab it on the stencil.  Don’t use a brushing motion or you will get paint under the stencil.

I moved the stencil around the frame and painted in different places so I wouldn’t smear the wet paint.


And there you have it!  A stenciled picture frame mat!  Really, that’s it!  As always, I love getting a custom look for such a little cost!  It helps offset all the tools my husband buys!  Haha!  I guess that’s a subject for another post altogether!  ;)


Toss that baby back in your frame (once it’s dry, of course) and admire your fabulousness!



Have you ever stenciled anything?  I’ve done a couple other projects now and just love how it instantly personalizes a piece!

To see all of our DIY projects and the final room reveal, check out these posts:

Installing the wood plank wall

Updated dresser into changing table

DIY crib skirt

Organized nursery closet

Finished nursery reveal

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Love it Allison! Perfect for the babies room… I think it would look great in my living room as well- ahem ;) j/k. You have out done yourself once again.
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    • Allison says:

      Thanks Rasonda! You’re so sweet! I may end up doing more for my living room! It was such a fun and easy project!

  2. How cute!!! I love the idea of adding the design to the mat! So smart! Thanks for the idea, I am going to have to keep this in mind!
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  3. Love this idea Allison! I need to get some stencils and attack all my picture frames now :)
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  4. Love this! I’ve used the same stencil :) Have a great weekend!

  5. So simple, with a huge impact. Thanks for the tute!
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  6. Gorgeous!! Now I need to find some spare frames so I can give this a go!
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  7. Your frame is beautiful! You did a great job. We would love to have you share it at our party. It is a weekly Thursday party going live tonight (Wed.) at 8:00 p.m. MST ~ We hope to see you there!
    Thanks and have a great day!
    Joye & Myrna (The Busy Bee’s)
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  8. I have that stencil. Love your matte. I recently covered a matte in linen. Check me out in the next day or so and I’ll have it up. :) Great job!
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  9. Thanks for the great idea! Saw this on Savvy Southern Style.
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  10. How beautiful! It really does give it that personal touch! I found you at The Shabby Creek Cottage…thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)
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  11. Stephanie says:

    Love this idea!!! I already know a few frames that could use this. I have a link party happening right now and would absolutely love it if you’d join!

  12. Beautiful! I was at an art supply store this evening eyeing a stencil just like this. Geeez, now I wish I had gotten it!!! Found you linking up over at the Liz Marie Blog, I do hope you’ll drop by and check out my Pottery Barn Knock-off project!!

  13. What a great idea! It came out so pretty, too.
    I found you today at It’s Overflowing’s Linky. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  14. Very cute! I have two picture frames in my son’s nursery right now that are kind of bland….I just re-used ones from our past house….I might try something similar to give them a pick me up…i just posted my son’s nursery tour last week…link is below if you’d like to check it out.
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  15. Super cute! I’ve been wanting to stencil something for awhile now…something small like this seems like a good place to start :)
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  16. Thanks for the idea!! :-) I own that same stencil :-) your frame looks awesome.

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