Friday, July 30, 2010

Updated Calendar

Welcome to the final day of Theme Week: Totally 80s!  The grand finale, the pièce de résistance.
When I found this perpetual calendar for 99 cents I was thrilled!  I knew it had potential.

I also thought it was funny.  
Especially the "Call Mom & Dad" reminder.
And ducks?  Ugh.

For some reason I found the 
"Happy New Year" tile to be wildly depressing.
(It's the one in the middle.)

The ducks were easy to remove since they were screwed on.  That little heart wasn't going without a fight.  It had to be chipped off with a screwdriver and hammer.  But what to put in their place?  Luckily I have a nice assortment of frames.  I chose this one.

(also 99 cents)
I painted it white...and then black.

I used some scrapbooking paper (of course) and painted the calendar and the tiles black.  Then I used a typewriter font to write the numbers and words.  


 I attached the frame with thin velcro strips so the pictures 
or quotes can be changed out.
(I wrote the "flow" by hand.  I was going to use a script 
font but they all ended up looking to me
 like they said "flaw" or "flour"!)

Days of the week

I especially like my new holiday tiles.  They are kind of generic...

...but that means you can use them more, right?

A note on perfection:  This project didn't turn out "perfectly".  The older I get, the less perfection matters to me.  If I had insisted on all the numbers and words being glued on perfectly straight (it's bothering some of you, I know!), the project never would have gotten off the ground and I think it's a marked improvement over the original.

There's still time to link up to Vintage Suitcase Friday, my relatively new link party.  Please join me!

Today I'm linking up here:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  


  1. a marvelous makeover!! i love it even the imperfections!

  2. Amazing makeover!!!! I love it!


  3. It's quite a transformation. I think it's great.

  4. Good Job Thirfty!! You've had a busy week.

  5. This turned out great! I love the paper, of course! : )
    ps added you to my list of parties!!
    have a great weekend!

  6. This turned out SO great! I love what you did with it, especially all the new holiday titles! So cute :)

  7. That is really awesome! I love the way that you re-purposed a tired calendar.

  8. Very thrifty and cute...and functional! It's adorable in the black and white. Thanks so much for linking up to style feature saturday! -shaunna :)

  9. What a FuN transformation!! Do you know how many of these I have walked by in thrift stores?!! LoVe it! I featured it here:

    Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  10. Sorry...try this one:

    Thanks again! :)

  11. love it! such a great change from the original!

  12. I saw this at The Creative Crate and had to come say YAY! I love the idea and embarrassing enough I still have one of these in the basement. Sunflowers not ducks at least lol! I'm gonna give it a shot, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  14. Wow. What a great transformation! I love the black and white. I remember those ducks. My mom had a few!
    I am hosting a link party on my blog this weekend about words/quotes (The Weekend Word Search). Please consider stopping by! This project would be a great addition.

  15. Very nice! I love the makeover. Simple and very classic.


  16. I *love* this! I am old enough I used to have one of these and can just kick myself now for letting it go. I'm going to keep an eye out at Goodwill though because your makeover makes me want to have one again!

  17. Wow, you did a great job. It looks great!

    Party and Entertaining Inspiration


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