Spin Collective designer wall stickers – Review

When I was offered the opportunity to review something from the collection of designer wall stickers at Spin Collective I was really excited and couldn’t wait to start browsing the website . . . But then I got a bit stuck. . .  .

As you know we’re having quite major building work done over the coming months to extend our house – which means that pretty much no room will be left untouched by at least a coat of paint.

 In the end, although the room will have to be repainted once the work is finished and therefore the sticker will have to be removed, I decided to choose something for the living room.  At least then it would be enjoyed in the meantime and I decided we could always replace it after redecorating if we loved it . . .
Since we had our kitchen extended and knocked through into the living room almost two years ago we have steadily decorated and added bits to the rooms eg our wedding photos, a large canvas in the kitchen, a mirror above the mantle piece.  However the large space above the sofa has been left untouched.  I’ve never quite been able to find the right thing to go there.

As I was looking through the Spin Collective website I decided this was going to be the area to focus on and although I was thinking more about the large back wall I fell in love with this Tree and Bird Cage Wall Sticker, which on measuring, we discovered would be a perfect fit for the alcove.

Once I’d put my order in it arrived really quickly but I’ve not had chance to put it up before now as I needed to wait for Dave (Yes basically I wanted him to do it for me!)  As I said our walls are due for repainting but I cleaned them up as best I could before hand (as per the instructions) and then we got to work.  You are provided with clear, concise instructions (which are also available on the website if you happen to lose them), your wall sticker and a scraper.

Now we have used vinyl stickers before in the kids’ bedroom but these just peeled off and stuck straight on so we were immediately on the back foot with this one.  The design is stuck to backing paper and a supporting sticker – this means that the whole thing is kept in place when you apply it.

The idea is you peel the supporting sticker and your image away from the backing paper and then get it on your wall.  This is great in theory but wow it was hard work!  The vinyl wants to stick to the backing paper more than it is stuck to the supporting sticker.  The instructions say that if you have any problems you should just keep rubbing it back down using the scraper.  That made absolutely no difference whatsoever and we basically had to carefully lift bits with my nails and stick them back to the supporting sticker. This was tedious and faffy and I very nearly lost my patience with it completely.  We were pretty convinced that this was going to cause folds and bubbles when we applied it to the wall.Compared to getting it off the backing paper actually applying the sticker to the wall was an absolute doddle (says the woman who just stood there taking pictures).  Dave lined it up, placed it lightly onto the wall and smoothed it down with his hands trying to remove as many bubbles as he could.  Once he’d done that he used the scraper to work from the centre out to remove any remaining bubbles.  Then it was timer on for 10 minutes and a quick brew before the supporting sticker was removed leaving the final sticker in place.  We repeated the process for the second half of the sticker.

I think it took us about two hours in total to get the sticker applied, and I can’t say that swear words were not uttered, but I would blame a good chunk of that on the intricate design.  Anything smaller or more solid would have been considerably easier.
It was SO worth the effort though. I’m absolutely thrilled with it and the kids love it too.
Aside from it being quite tricky (and absolutely a two person job) the only other slight niggle is that it doesn’t perfectly match the picture on the website – there is a bird missing on the bottom left of the image but this is really no that important in this instance!
I’ve already started looking (and pinning) to see what we can buy next for the playroom and the children’s bedrooms!
Now if you too are already looking at the website and writing a wish list you’ll be thrilled to know that I’m able to offer you the chance to win up to £50 to spend at www.spincollective.co.uk 

Use the code spin10 for 10% off on Spin Collective’s wall stickers!

*Disclaimer – We were sent the wall sticker free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain my own*

148 Comments

  1. June 15, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    My bedroom – looking like its straight out of the 70s and not even in a retro way!

  2. Judy Miller
    June 16, 2014 / 6:15 am

    Brilliant idea for wall decoration, thanks for sharing, Colette, you did a nice job!

  3. June 17, 2014 / 7:48 am

    My bedroom, always love finding new things to decorate the walls with

  4. Rachel Davies
    June 17, 2014 / 2:49 pm

    The living room – so everyone could enjoy it – @Rcd2129 on twitter

  5. June 18, 2014 / 1:46 am

    My bedroom needs brightening up x

  6. Anonymous
    June 18, 2014 / 9:36 pm

    My living room.

  7. Beth L
    June 19, 2014 / 5:45 am

    My sons just had a new bed so I'd love to decorate around that c

  8. June 19, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I'd love something simple for the dining room

  9. tarbs gill
    June 20, 2014 / 1:32 am

    My daughter's room!

  10. June 20, 2014 / 7:44 am

    my living room is boring so some stickers would liven things up

  11. June 20, 2014 / 8:56 am

    my living room needs brightning up

  12. June 20, 2014 / 9:33 am

    Just decorating the guest room so some stickers would be ideal in there

  13. Gabrielle Powell
    June 20, 2014 / 9:48 am

    the hallway could do with a little make over

  14. andrea lloyd
    June 20, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    my hallway needs a makeover please

  15. Cheryl
    June 20, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    My spare bedroom

  16. Anonymous
    June 20, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    i love one of these for living
    lisa ann tebbutt

  17. June 20, 2014 / 8:38 pm

    It would probably be my living room, it is looking rather plain and boring at the moment.

  18. isissky rider
    June 20, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    I would do our bedroom a tree or something but instead of a headboard, hard to explain, its a good job i know what i mean lol!

  19. Jane Middleton
    June 20, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    bedroom

  20. nicola white
    June 20, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    my living room really needs some spiceing up x

  21. June 21, 2014 / 4:04 am

    The living room- has a large plain blank wall

  22. June 21, 2014 / 1:17 pm

    My new kitchen which is nearly finished and needs decorating 🙂 x – Natalie Gillham

  23. June 21, 2014 / 12:36 pm

    Our hall, it looks a bit unloved and unappreciated 🙂

  24. Sarah Pilbeam
    June 21, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    My bedroom because we have just swapped with the kids and still have their pink paint on the walls x

  25. June 21, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    I also commented on your WEVEEL TWISTIOS – REVIEW 🙂 x – Natalie Gillham

  26. champaklal lad
    June 21, 2014 / 2:54 pm

    dining room

  27. June 21, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    My bedroom could definitely do with a little extra touch

  28. June 21, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    I would like to makeover my daughters room and one day she might even sleep in it!!

  29. June 22, 2014 / 4:23 pm

    I'd love this in the living room

  30. Alisa Moore
    June 22, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    the lounge

  31. Gavin Beale
    June 22, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    My bedroom is a bit plain

  32. Karen S(@littledumplings)
    June 22, 2014 / 6:44 pm

    in the hallway as you come in the door!

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