The thing that’s been holding up the finishing of the gallery wall is that I needed mats for some of the pictures and they needed to be custom cut.
Custom cut mats are expensive so the next best thing was for me to find a piece of mat board in a color that would work for the remainder of the items. I had to ask the person behind the counter at Michael’s if they had any other mat board in stock other than what was out and she found a piece of taupe (Michael’s moniker) which I would call mushroom. It’s actually very close to the Benjamin Moore paint color “Sparrow”. Mat board comes in 20 inch by 30 in sheets for about $16 and they won’t cut it down and sell a half sheet, for instance. So armed with my inconveniently large piece of mat board I set up a mat cutting station on the kitchen island.
I do have a secret weapon when it comes to mat board cutting which I bought in college and have kept for decades. Oddly I knew exactly where it was and although the box was rather torn up my Dexter Mat Cutter was still in perfect condition.
The Dexter is designed to cut the interior bevel in a mat. I put in a new blade with is key to a clean cut.
Lightly mark with an erasable writing instrument (pencil or chalk) on the front of the mat guidelines that match the desired opening.
With the blade tilted in the mat cutter (it can also be used straight for cutting the outside edges) line the mat cutter up in one corner and cut along the line. It helps to push the flat edge of the cutter along a straight edge.
It’s important to turn the mat as you cut it so the bevels are all going the same way.
Because this mat board has a black underside the bevel is black instead of the more usual white.
Two more finished.
My vintage Paris photos.
What are you hanging?