You may have read yesterday that we Dave has been working hard on redecorating Amy’s bedroom. The walls were stripped, sanded and re-papered with lining paper and ready to be painted and her Wallsauce mural put up. We had planned to paint the whole room on Saturday and then get the mural up on Sunday however we then read that the mural should not be applied to freshly painted walls as this affects the effectiveness of the adhesive. Instead the plan was to put the mural up and get the rest of the room painted after.
So having spent all of Saturday getting the walls finished Sunday brought with it the trials and tribulations of the Wallsauce mural.
Wallsauce offer made to measure wallpaper murals in an array of designs ranging from stunning photography to bright, exciting illustrations. You can even upload your own photos or illustrations! I spent a long time choosing Amy’s mural (and getting distracted by murals I’d quite like for my dining room instead). One factor to bear in mind is that a lot of the images are square so if you have them made to fit a rectangular wall you risk losing some of the image. In the end I decided to go with a square image and maintain the proportions with the intention of fitting it in the middle of the wall leaving a margin of plain wall on either side. As it turned out we decided to put the mural on another wall which turned out to be all but square!
At this point I’ll hand over to Dave to let you know his point of view on the experience of hanging the Wallsauce mural:
|Just look at those bubbles!|
I’m reasonably experienced when it comes to wall papering, and I’d recently hung an ‘Avengers’ mural in Ben’s room which turned out pretty well so I was unconcerned about hanging the mural in Amy’s new room. Colette had ordered a mural that was bang on size for the wall so there was no cutting required. After reading the instructions I marked a couple of lines on the wall using a spirit level for the 1st ‘drop’ and set about hanging the first piece. This is where the problems started.
The mural is self adhesive, it just needs water spreading on the back and it’s good to go. In the instructions it says you should hang the drops within 30 seconds of putting water on the back! That’s a bit tricky when the drop is 60cm wide and 2.3mtrs long! Our pasting table is only 1.8mtrs long. So after spreading water on the back and moving the drop along to spread more water on the back, making sure you cover the whole piece, you pick it up and move towards the wall.
As you move towards the wall the drop rolls around and sticks to itself! And you! And the floor! And the door! (I’m glad the kids weren’t in the room or else I’d have pasted them into the wall like some sort of wall covering prison!) Basically, anything that is anywhere near you will now be stuck to this piece of paper which should have been on the wall 30 seconds ago! Don’t panic!
Anyway I struggled with the first drop. Trying to keep it within the lines I’d drawn and then trying to remove the bubbles. Which were everywhere.
WARNING!!! – The printing is quite delicate and even rubbing it with a damp cloth is enough to remove the colouring and leave a white mark behind. If the paper creases, as you’re moving it or trying to remove it from anything it may be stuck to then it’ll leave a white mark where the print has cracked. Just so you know.
After much rubbing with a damp cloth and smoothing with my hands the bubbles were still all over the the shop which I wasn’t very happy about. I then tried a wallpaper roller (for pressing the edges of paper to the wall to guarantee adhesion), this seemed to help but meant me going over and over and over bubbles only to see them reform a minute later!
Once the first drop was up I had a little swear, and a little cry. After that I gathered myself together and set about putting up the other three drops. I struggled with aligning the drops proper and trying to eliminate gaps. Alignment wise some of the animals will line up perfectly. Whilst others are slightly off, which makes me wonder if the printing is a little off? Gap wise all I can say is that at the top the drops touch and at the bottom they over lap slightly (on some of the pieces) but in the middle there is a noticeable gap. This makes me wonder if the drops are slightly curve? However I’ve probably just pressed them into the wall in such a way as to create this effect. After I’d hung the drops there was lots more pressing out of bubbles. This still left plenty of bubbles which I was fairly annoyed with.
We went out to do some shopping once I’d finished so I didn’t see the mural for a good few hours. When I cam back to it lo and behold some of the bubbles had magically disappeared! The next day all of the bubbles have now disappeared!!!! I can only think that this is normal and that as the pieces get wet they expand, and contract as they dry (either that or the wallpaper fairies have been round to help out!) but it certainly doesn’t mention this happening in the instructions.
Now it’s done it looks good. Not perfect, but I concede that was down to me. Lack of skill and experience. I’m sure if you know what you’re doing with this sort of thing or get a professional to do it you’ll get an amazing looking wall. Even with my half baked skills it looks nice. It was pretty hard work and quite stressful but I think doing it again would be easier.
What we love about it:
* The made to measure service is fantastic as it means you know the mural will fit well and you won’t have to chop off parts of the picture
* The colours are bright and the print quality good (if easily damaged)
* The fact it is pre-pasted means you don’t need to worry about mixing up a load of wallpaper paste for just for a few drops of paper
What we’re not so keen on:
* It would be easier to put up if it came in half sheets rather than full drops
* The 30 second time limit to get the mural on the wall is tight
* The print rubs off if you press to hard as you try to move the paper around the wall or remove air bubbles
* It’s really tricky to get the paper on the wall without enormous bubbles – and even harder to get rid of them
* It’s is by no means a cheap product – at around £150 for a mural like Amy’s you can’t afford to make mistakes
* The fact it is pre-pasted makes it tricky to hang – Dave felt it might have been better with normal wallpaper paste as it would have give it more slip on the walls to maneuver it into position
|I think she likes it!|
Essentially we’re really pleased with the mural even though it was a compete nightmare to get on the wall. It would have been a lot easier with a second pair of hands (rather than a blogger wife with no experience of wall paper who just took photos) or even better still handing the job over to a professional. This isn’t a cheap decorating solution and you don’t want to make a pig’s ear of it and end up wasting your money!
So this is Amy’s nearly finished bedroom . . . her new curtains are up but need a good iron, and the walls need painting (though as these are going to be magnolia they won’t look much different to what they do now). There’s still plenty of sorting to do but we’re getting there!
*Disclaimer – We were sent the Wallsauce mural free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. We have been compensated for our time spent decorating and writing about the product*