Peel & Stick Wallpaper
Have you been seeing gorgeous larger-than-life wallpaper patterns all over the internet? I sure had and I was dying to liven up my living room. I'm so excited to share my COLORAYdecor Peel and Stick wallpaper experience with you!
My experience with wallpaper goes like this: Rent or buy fixer with a sh*tload of wallpaper; attempt to remove wallpaper that just doesn't want to come off; try all the tricks .. steaming .... fabric softener and warm water (this one kind of works) ... scrape it off in fits of rage.
Ok, maybe a little overkill but you get my drift!
My experience with hanging up wallpaper is even more fun ... I cannot get the stupid patterns to line up and have ended up tearing my share of wallpaper. (I am not a perfectionist)
My DIY high point is typically glue guns, spray paint, and lately the occasional stencil ... count me out of anything that requires a lot of precision.
Because I have zero patience.
BUT I really wanted a fun focal wall in my formal living room. I wanted it enough to try to install a mural. I weighed my options, which were the traditional wallpaper or peel and stick.
I kept going back to peel and stick because I love the idea of doing something different with the product if I tire of it (which I've been known to do). I fell in love with the Pastel Art Removable Wallpaper from COLORAYdecor and was so thrilled that they wanted to collaborate with me on my project!
The Peel & Stick Process
The overall ordering process was easy. I measured the wall three (3) times just to be sure. Before printing, they sent me a proof to approve. It was very cool to see the mural scaled to how it would appear on my wall. COLORAY is in Sweden so imagine my surprise when the mural showed up within a few days.
You need TWO (2) people for the install. I recruited my son mid-way during the first panel ... after I tried to do it by myself. I used a pencil to to draw on the wall where the mural was going for each panel. VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT UNROLL THE PANEL ALL THE WAY OR IT WILL STICK TOGETHER. Unroll it in small increments as you are applying it to the wall. The squeegee is your best friend for keeping air bubbles away during the install.
After all of the panels were up, I used a utility knife to cut the edges off for a clean finish. I can't reiterate how much the squeegee helps for keeping air bubbles away and for smoothing the wallpaper as you're adhering it. The most amazing thing about this wallpaper is it's PEEL and STICK. Since I'm not a perfectionist, I had to reposition more than my fair share of times. If it gets stuck together, you can pull it apart with at little bit of work. If this was regular wallpaper, you can bet I would have ripped it at some point.
I'm so very pleased with the end result! It's such a statement and it makes me happy every time I walk by this room (which is A LOT).
Curious if you have had good or bad experiences with wallpaper? I had sworn away wallpaper so I'm still a little shocked with myself that I did this mural, and I am so glad that I did!