Lately I have been seeing more and more people using vinyl wall quotes in their home decor. I love the look and wanted to try it out myself but wondered how difficult they would be to apply. There have been several times that I picked up a wall design in the store only to set it back down in hesitation. Recently, however, I have had the opportunity to review this kitchen wall quote from Belvedere.
I must say that I was more than a little excited to give it a try….and a little nervous. I had visions of myself wrapped up in tacky paper!
Starting the project one step at a time, I read the instructions for the decals very carefully. I made sure that the wall area, where I would place the decal, was nice and clean. To get a good idea on the proper placement of the decal, I first taped it in place with blue painters tape. I then put a level to it and made adjustments. When I was satisfied, I lightly marked the placement with a pencil and then took the decal back down.
One thing I found out during that process was that my kitchen cabinets, along each side of my window, are at different heights! They are off my just a little bit but now that is going to bug me.
Anyway, after taking down the decal, I rubbed over the entire surface of the lettering, with the tool that they included, to reactivate the adhesive. And then the scary part started!
I had to remove the thick backing to expose the sticky transfer tape. That wasn’t so bad but now the decal was vulnerable to being stuck to anything when I moved it. I had to get it above a window, over the kitchen sink area, which was also over my head and behind a hanging light.
I probably should have enlisted some help because of the location. But I was determined to do it NOW and when I get determined I make a way.
I layed the decal out on the counter, right next to the sink, and peeled back the thick background layer. Then, like a monkey, I hopped from a stool to the counter and straddled the kitchen sink. I then had to bend down carefully and grab the end of the decal and pick it up without it twisting or myself falling.
I had one fleeting thought of the time I broke my toe just before a scheduled family vacation to California. We had to postpone that trip for three months. Right now I have a girls trip to New York scheduled in a week…..
Luckily, the decal was easy to handle. It didn’t twist and I quickly grabbed the other end. I managed to get behind the hanging light and found my marks on the wall. The size of the applique I was working with was just manageable enough for one person. Anything larger would have taken two people. I was able to stretch the whole thing out and press the letters into place quite easily.
At this point I took a nice relaxed deep breath. I was in the home stretch! I took out the burnishing tool and started to press the letters into place from the middle of the design on out. Once the whole area was smooth, I began to peel back the transfer paper. This also came off perfectly.
I was very happy with the whole process. I figure if it went so well in an area where I had to straddle a sink and work over head, it would be a piece of cake almost anywhere else.
Here is a little larger view of the kitchen with the new wall art. If you are interested in getting your own wall art check out the blog at Belvedere Designs. You will see posts of photos and inspirations for new ideas. Their readers can also submit photos of their wall quotes each month for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate with their monthly photo contest.
You can also join Belvedere’s facebook page where they post discount codes and other special offers.
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