Tweaking a Bamboo Typography Mat

Not long ago, I bought a 3' x 2' bamboo typography mat on Decor Steals and was so excited when it arrived.  The warmth of the bamboo and the vintage look of the black typography were amazing and just what I'd hoped for.  The back side of the mat even has a floor-gripping texture.  Perfect!  Well ... almost!




Every item I've ordered from Decor Steals has been of wonderful quality and each item has honestly exceeded my expectations.  Love them!

The only issue I had with my new mat was the color of the binding (the fabric border around the outer edges of the mat).  It just didn't work quite well with my decor.   

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Fortunately, a tube of matte black fabric paint was all it took to make me happy - one coat of black paint, applied with a soft artist's brush to the binding.  







Have you ever purchased an item that you really liked but tweaked to make it exactly what you wanted?  I'm always amazed by the "power" of one quick coat of paint!  



Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting! 



8 comments:

  1. Much better now Carolyn! This made me rethink mats that I have passed over because of the trim color. Not any more!

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    1. Hi, Marie! So true - I definitely look at them a little differently now. :)

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  2. Love your new mat.. Great idea to paint the trim.. Looks much better.. Know you will enjoy it.

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    1. Am really enjoying the pop of black that the border provides. So glad I experimented!

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  3. It looks great with the new black border. I haven't tried using fabric paint, but if it turns out this well, I need to give it a try. Pinned. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Beverly! It's held up really well. Our Roomba has even glided up and over it and no signs of wear. Am really liking the dark border!

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  4. Oh my gosh, I was just given the same bamboo mat, and had the same complaint - I did not like the border color. I actually rolled it up and put it away. Never did I think about painting the border -DUH! Thanks so much for sharing this - I am getting out my fabric paint as soon as I hit the publish button.

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    1. Hi, Lala! I'm so glad this was helpful! I did the exact same thing - it was rolled up in our guest room closet. I'm now loving it! Hope you enjoy yours!

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