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