One of the questions I hear most often, both in email and on Instagram, is the source for the large-mat offset picture frames in our master bedroom. The truth is they are a semi-DIY or cobbled-together effort. So, I’ve put together my sources so you can also make your own large-mat, offset picture frames.
I printed pictures from a special family trip last summer and I wanted them to frame them a little differently than the standard framing options. I purchased frames from one spot, a custom mat from another, and then stained the frames myself. Total cost per frame/mat was just over $30. The best part about this project is it is completely customizable to your exact specifications. I played around with the scale to get what I wanted out of the frames, and you can do the same as well.
First, pick your picture size. I used 12″x12″ photos because that is a standard size at Costco. I had mine printed through their photo center and just hopped in the store to pick them up. Of course you can use whatever size works for you, but I found 12×12 to be big enough to see yet I could keep the overall frame size appropriate to my wall.
Next, pick the size of your frame. The frames I chose are 20 x 30″ and are 3/4″ wide. I ordered them from here (item number 9313). I chose unfinished wood just because I wanted to have the option of staining them. I ended up using a custom stain (by mixing several stains together) but the natural wood would have worked great as well. Often people ask if these are gold frames and while they are really wood, I like that I have the option to spray them gold in the future (and I just may do that)! One note: the “glass” is plexiglass and fairly flimsy, so beware. It doesn’t bother me but it is noticeable when certain light hits the plexiglass – it just looks a little wavy. But overall, I like that the frames are lighter weight and the plexiglass doesn’t bother me.
Finally, you’ll want to select your mat. I ordered my mat here and like that I could see the dimensions/scale before ordering.
The exact specifications I used are:
- 20 x 30″ outer dimention
- 11 5/8″ square cutout
- Standard Berkshire Mat, standard core
- smooth white (#B222) Top Mat
- 3″ offset (so resulting martins are top 6 3/16″, sides 4 3/16″, bottom 12 3/16″
No matter what size picture you order, you’ll need to make sure the mat opening is smaller than that to allow room for the picture to attach behind the opening. Make sense? Again, you can play around with the sizes to see what scale looks best for you.
That’s it! Hope that is helpful for anyone wanting to do the same. It only took a few minutes to assemble everything and it makes such a big impact in our new bedroom.