My dining room has gone through several transformations over the years. Figuring out how to add wall art affordably is always a fun challenge.
The art in my dining room is actually the back covers from Cooks Illustrated magazine! I had received a few issues in the mail for free and saved them because they were so neat. Then I found out that my mom is subscribed to the magazine, and she generously allowed me to steal the back cover off of her issues!
So, I had the artwork, but now how to frame them affordably?
I wanted a continuous look around my dining room, which meant a lot of frames. As is the theme with this dining room, IKEA delivers again! They had these large (16×20) frames for only $4.99! My original intention was to paint the frames turquoise, but it turns out they had this style in a turquoise color – win!
However, because these frames are so inexpensive, they do not come with a mat. Here is my trick: I used a sheet of art paper as a “mat” and used the cardboard backing as the additional “mat.” The art paper is great because it has a nice weight and texture to it, so it looks more like mat paper than standard printer paper.
The kraft-colored cardboard backing was the perfect neutral and goes great with most decors.
Framing costs can really kill a budget, so being able to put up ten framed art prints for $50 is a great deal!