So yesterday I dashed out to Michael's to find a ready-made black frame and pre-cut matting for the prints. I was in luck -- Michael's was offering 40% off their home frame collection so I giddily picked up two 16x20" black frames at $24 each and two pre-cut white on white double photo mats for about $8 each.
When I got home, the white was too white against the print, so I decided to paint the top mat using leftover paint from a project last week. Benjamin Moore's White Sand (which will be part of a repainting project in our home this spring) worked perfectly (yay!), so I got to work right away.
I pulled out my mini roller with high density foam,
Threw down a blanket in the basement, and got right to work.
Big difference, right?
After two coats of paint, I let the mats dry for about two hours just to be on the safe side. Then I matched up the painted mats with their non-painted partner mat, carefully trimmed the prints, and voila! Now I have custom wall art for about $60!
This happened to work perfectly in our refurbished powder room, which unfortunately is so tiny I couldn't get a great shot. But this shot from the hallway gives you an idea as to how it looks...
Have you used past calendars to create unique art in your home?