1. I removed all the staples from the backing with a pair of pliers and some elbow grease.
2. I carefully removed the original artwork from the matting (which also happened to coordinate quite nicely with my map!)
3. I went to my local Michael's and asked them to cut a custom mat to surround my map. The man working in framing did this for me and charged me about $8 for the service, including the mat. I am pretty sure this is not something they commonly do so you may want to call around to a few different locations to make sure they can and will do this for you.
4. I took my mat home and taped my map into it. Then I placed this into the frame and original matting and secured in place with tape. I added a piece of cardboard behind the print and matting to help add some bulk and push the map up against the glass.
5. Lastly, I found my husbands staple gun and carefully stapled the backing back in place. (Tip: Be sure glass is clean on the inside before performing this final step!)
Here is the result:
Let's do the math now:
Cost of Frame: $20.00
Cost of New Mat and Custom Cut: $8.00
Cost of Map: $25.00? (can't remember exactly, it was 8 years ago!)
Total Cost: $53.00
I'm guessing (based on past experience) that this would have cost me well over $200 to have custom framed.
Eco-friendly, budget friendly and beautiful = Happy Home-Maker!