I was wishing some of the mats in my Ikea frames weren't white. I knew I could have a custom mat made in the colors I wanted - but that could be pricey (at least more than the $0 I was willing to spend!).
My solution - SPRAY PAINT!
It totally worked! I just used the mats that were already in the frames and spray painted them the colors I wanted. I already had some gloss Navy blue spray paint on hand and so used that. It didn't look good at first - but it just took a few coats to fix that. When it worked so well, I went and bought some green spray paint (Rustoleum's "eden" in satin) for the Utah state printable. You can use a satin or gloss finish spray paint - it didn't really seem to make a difference. Both worked great!
website for free state printables (click here)