Finding budget wall art can be difficult, especially larger-scale pieces. There’s no reason to give up on stylish decor, though—I have a secret to share with you.
Calendar Prints for Wall Art
I made these adorable vintage National Park posters from an old calendar. A calendar is a great place to find art to frame, and is perfect for finding multiple cohesive pieces. I LOVED these vintage prints when we had the calendar, so I saved them to use for later.
Most calendar prints aren’t standard framing sizes, but don’t fear. You have a couple of options. I was originally going to purchase 16×20 frames and have mats cut at Hobby Lobby to fit the frames. This is a great and inexpensive option, but I decided to it the mats for this project.
My prints had a nice border around them that worked for the 12×18 frames I found, so I simply cut the pages to fit the frames.
Making Gold Frames
I picked up four black plastic 12×16 frames at Michaels, but wanted a frame that would stand out more on the newly-painted navy wall. I knew just the product to use—Rubb’nBuff in Antique Gold. After removing the glass, I rubbed it all over the frames and waited for it to dry for about an hour. Then, the glass and prints were ready to go back in. You can see it makes a gorgeous metallic finish.
I placed the four prints side-by-side along the new 6’ picture ledge I made for the room. You can see the easy tutorial–it’s my favorite shelf and you can probably make one, start-to-finish, in under 20 minutes!
I love how the gold frames pop on the navy wall. The prints are perfect for an outdoorsy or camp-themed little boys room. I can even see using them somewhere like a foyer or den! If you’d like to see the rest of this cozy, navy blue bedroom, you can check it out here.
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