All this for under 100 bones? Yep.
Let me explain: Our kitchen wall has needed some love. It’s been bare-bones empty for a few months, but I’ve been having a hard time thinking of something great to hang on it + wall art is typically not cheap.
Really, the only changes it has seen since we’ve lived here are the addition of a dog door (the dog door seriously deserves a post all its own, it’s so cool), and it was our paint-swatch area for a few weeks while we decided on an interior paint color:
(I still can’t believe how far we’ve come, geez!). After the wall was painted, it just kind of sat there for a few months.
Yes, me and my blank wall were perfectly fine with one another. That is, until I was shopping at Ellington & French in Berkeley and stumbled upon this calendar.
Words. Cannot. Express.
My feelings for this calendar : Everyone’s Feelings for Ryan Gosling :: SRSLY THIS CALENDAR : THE RYAN GOSLING OF CALENDARS. (That’s how analogies work, right? It’s been a long time since I took the SAT…)
I fell in love with this calendar from the moment I saw it. I’d been to FIVE of the twelve featured cities! Four of them I’d been to TWICE.
But now you’re thinking uhh Kate, you can’t just hang that one calendar in the middle of your wall and expect it to fill up the whole space, right?
Of course not. Also, since the world is ending in 2012, I figure I need to use this calendar before 2013, doi.
That is why I went to IKEA and bought some white frames + pre-cut mats for $10 each.
See where I’m going with this?
Luckily, these cutie prints fit pretty much perfectly in the pre-cut IKEA mats. Dope.
All I had to do was take a straightedge ruler, x-acto knife, and trim the prints down, then (using acid-free tape) tape them into place. Easy peasy.
I took measurements of the wall, frames, roughly how much space I wanted them to take up, and then sketched out where I wanted everything to go.
Then, I made my measurements on the wall and taped the paper from inside the frames to the wall.
I used the pieces of paper as guides, and would hammer in nails over them, as guides. Cakewalk.
So here’s how the price broke down:
- $26 for the calendar
- $10 per frame ($60 for 6 frames)
For a grand total of $86. Not bad at all, considering most framed wall art can easily go for that much PER picture. And the result?
Now I guess Jason and I will have to go to Rio, since that’s the only city on the wall I’ve never been to!
I’m super happy with the way this turned out, it’s just enough to visually hold up against the big wall, but not too busy. Plus it’s nice that the artwork has some personal meaning to me, and to Jason too (since we went to Paris and London on our honeymoon). Hooray!!