Because matboard is boring

I finally got around to hanging this photo of Garrett from last winter in this super funky and rustic beadboard picture frame that I bought from Southern Accents last year.

Why did it take me so long you ask?

Well, here was the hold up.

This frame had no hardware and no glass in it. It was custom made by the guys at Southern Accents in Cullman so it wasn’t hang-ready when I bought it. So my lazy self never got around to adding hardware and hanging it. Secondly, it has 10″ x 10″ sized hole, so it’s not exactly a standard size. I ordered an 8 x 8 photo for it with intentions of buying a matboard and doing it the “right” way.

Well, the right way was boring, so I never did it. I just leaned this frame in random spots around my house because it’s cool enough to stand alone as a work of art!

Southern Accents photo frame

But last week one of my good friends gave me the best idea for using this frame without exerting too much effort waiting on the right size mat. Lisa at York Designs (who really needs to blog a lot more often because her style is out of this world FABULOUS!) showed off her nursery pictures recently. She had bought a unique old picture frame, too. Instead of matting it, she had strung a piece of artwork on a wire with a clip.

And bingo! Light bulb went off! That was how I would work around my empty frame dilemma!

So here is my interpretation of that idea:

Southern Accents photo frame

I didn’t have any clips lying around so I used a key ring. I thought it looks pretty good!

Southern Accents photo frame

I used one wire to hang it and another wire as a guideline to string the photo, and that’s it!

Southern Accents photo frame

Mark this one off the to-do list.

Southern Accents photo frame


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  1. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

  2. radn@HouseonAshwelllane says:

    great job!

  3. Super cute! I love this idea. I recently had mat size issues myself and ended up using a poster board and a utility knife to get the size I needed. It was not fun because I am not a straight cutter. Next time I’ll try this:)

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  1. […] I’m not gonna lie. I considered leaving it just like that for a minute.  I did like the way the brown color of the cardboard looked with the pictures. Even though the cardboard edge matched the sepia toned prints, I just couldn’t bring myself to leave an ugly edge like that.   SO, I got crafty.  If you’ve read this blog for a while you know that I’ve never shied away from a no-matboard challenge. There are always ways to frame a picture without using matboard. […]

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