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The placemats at West Elm are always a work of art, so I framed one as such.
This grey Moroccan print placemat caught my eye on a recent shopping trip. It was one of those “I love it, but have no idea what I am going to do with it” things. I loved the print and could not resist buying just one $9 placemat.
I thought first of making the placemat into a pillow cover for the bed, but ultimately decided it was too small. I still wanted to incorporate this print into our master bedroom. The plan for our bedroom is centered around an amazing mix of fabrics to give the room a “luxury hotel from a faraway land” feel.
I made an impulse buy at the art supply store when I spotted a modern black 16 x 20 frame on sale for $23 and a museum quality mat for $16. I knew it would be great to fill the empty wall space above the chest of drawers. I don’t want my washi tape lamp to be all alone anymore.
Placemat + Frame = Modern Art!
When thinking about what to put in the frame, I remembered the placemat. I am no stranger to framing fabric. I framed a piece to finish off the gallery wall and framed a series of small swatches in the kitchen. The grey in the placemat ties into the tiny grey stripes on the washi tape used to line the lampshade. They make a handsome pair.
It does not look like West Elm carries this particular placemat anymore, but here are a few other placemats and napkins in their current collection that would make great art:
Tips on Framing Fabric:
- Press the fabric really well to remove all creases and wrinkles
- Lint roll the fabric…actually lint roll your work surface too
- Secure the fabric to the back of the picture mat with painter’s tape. Pull the fabric taught and tape all around the edge.
- Optional: Skip the glass. For the placemat I went glass-less. I wanted to see the full texture of the fabric instead of the glare of a pane of glass. I would not recommend this for sentimental or vintage pieces that may be better protected under glass.
I am a bit worried about dust on the mat and fabric. But I love the glass-less look. What do you think? Is skipping the glass risky?