London/Paris Calendar Art

Monday, May 6, 2013

As most of you know, my mom and I are headed to London and Paris in September. We are both REALLY excited about our trip and have been talking about it nonstop. So when I saw this famous cities/travel-inspired art project at Young House Love I immediately decided that I wanted to hang the same prints in my own home.

Luckily I saw their post right away, so I was able to order the same calendar before they were sold out. The calendar features 12 different cities, but I really only needed two for this project. I decided to go with London and Paris in celebration of our upcoming trip. Although not featured in this post, I do still want to hang the Tokyo print – I’ve been there plus my dad is from Japan.

Anyway, I had the calendar so now I just needed the frames. An 8x10 opening fits the prints almost perfectly - it does cut off a tiny bit of the London picture, but not enough to justify cutting custom mats. I had originally planned on using IKEA frames like John and Sherry, but I decided that they would have been too small for my space. Luckily Michael’s had all of their frames on sale for 40%-off plus there was a coupon for an additional 25%-off! The frames I bought were originally $29.99/each, but after discounts I only paid $13.50/each. This is what they originally looked like:

After I painted the frames white (Krylon Paint + Primer White Satin) and removed the black part of the mat I added the pages from the calendar and voilĂ :  

I got almost an additional half inch of space from removing the black part of the mat, so less of the London print ended up getting cut off. Yay!

I absolutely love my new art and now I’m even more excited to see these places in person.
Thanks YHL for the inspiration!

7 comments:

  1. They are truly cute adn love the sentimentallity of it! interesting to know your dad is from Japan Sam, Is he Japanese? :-)

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  2. Omg. I can't wait for your trip. I'm going to live vicariously through you. I keep hoping you'll have like a "Midnight in Paris" movie moment and meet like Hemingway and Picasso. .. hehe. Please send me a postcard to frame and put up as a shrine. .. or I mean... momento....

    Yay! ! Office!!!

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  3. How cute! I love these prints and I love YHL :)

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  4. This turned out so great!!!! I am not going to be on the lookout for cute outdated calendars! I love what you can do with them :)

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