Paris Prints

Author:  Autumn

I had the opportunity to spend a glorious eight days alone in Paris last spring and took lots of photos of different angles of buildings and statues.  At the time I didn’t quite know what I would do with them other than keep them with my other travel photos on a CD.


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These are the giclee prints I saw in Ballard’s catalogue.

Well, fast forward to this winter and the purchase of our new townhouse.  One of the features that I love about it is the wet bar located between the kitchen and the great room.  It almost could pass as a butler’s pantry.  The area has a mirrored backdrop and glass shelves that are not my thing, but I really want to work with what I was dealt. We will be replacing the ugly orange countertop and stainless steel bar sink during our current remodeling project.  I am excited to have the bar because it will keep guests out of the kitchen when we are entertaining. But what could I do to enhance its looks?

One day when I walked past the bar, I got the idea of getting some of the Paris photos printed in black and white and framing them in plain black frames.  I thought they might look nice placed randomly on the shelves along with a jar of corks, wine glasses, my crystal wine stopper collection, etc.

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These are the six prints that I selected.  I wanted both buildings and statues and both vertical and horizontal.

Well, this week when I was catching up on my mail after being away for a month, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one thinking about Paris artwork.  In the Ballard’s catalog, I saw giclee prints of vintage postcards highlighting Paris’ most popular attractions.  They were priced at $159.00 each or two for $299.00.

Wow!  I was so thrilled to see what the final product would look like but shocked at the price.  Meanwhile, I already had gotten my black and white prints made, and all I had to do was wait for Sunday’s papers and the coupons from Michael’s.  I was able to buy six black 8 x 10 frames and six pre-cut mats for around $44.00.  The only difference in Ballard’s and mine is that their frames are 9 x 15 1/4 inches, which would actually be too large for my shelves.

After buying the supplies, I returned home to our rental, spread everything out on the floor, and assembled them effortlessly.

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The first two are finished.  Using precut mats and standard frames made the process go quickly.

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Two more are complete.

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All six are framed, and it took less than 15 minutes.

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They really resemble the Ballard’s giclees.  I can’t wait to move in and display them.  When that happens, I will be sure to post a blog showing the revamped bar accessorized with my Paris prints.

Take care.

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I was not paid by Ballard’s or Michael’s to mention them in this post.