Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Memory wall ~ decal application

My lovely auntie came and finished off my painting of my stairway a few weeks ago. I had started it over a year but when it had got too high I'd given up!

The colour is called 'Emily'. It's a lovely deep turquoise colour but yes, I chose it solely for the name. I'm strange like that.

I'd ordered a vinyl wall decal and,as it arrived this morning, there was no time than the present to get it slapped onto the wall. No waiting another year to get things done.

First thing was to place it onto the wall and anchor it down with some tape horizontally across the middle and at the corners.

I apologise if anyone heard me swearing when the tape fell off and the whole thing sashayed down to the ground. Some more hands would definitely have made the whole task a lot easier....and not the 8 legs from this which was a few cms from my head I later realised!

After removing the tape from the top 2 corners, I peeled the top application layer from the backing paper, making sure the decal was stuck on the application layer. When I reached the tape across the middle, I cut away the backing paper. Using a brand new squeegee found lurking in a cupboard, still with the tag on...(I'd obviously really needed that when I bought it!) I then stuck the decal back to the wall working from the middle outwards and up.

After a few minutes to allow the adhesive to stick that to the wall, I then had to do the same with the lower half.

I now had the decal stuck on the wall but still had the application layer to remove.

After waiting 10 minutes, I peeled back the paper leaving the decal stuck to the wall.

The whole thing took about 40 minutes and that included finding the equipment needed and also putting the spider outside.

 In hindsight, perhaps having it in white would have been a better option to make it stand out from the other side of the room. I would have asked for some help too if only for someone to say it was put up straight. It looks fine to my eye though so I'm happy.

Why this decal when there are thousands?

I chose this particular wording as all along my stairs I have canvas prints of particular photos I love. Each one triggers a memory for me. Two of these are from my friends' wedding and every time I walk past them it reminds me of that day and also of them both. (Hello Steph as I know you read this.)

There's also a very large canvas print of Alyssa which I won in a voting competition.

Harvey has a black and white picture of him where he was cuddled onto me when he was younger. His eyes are absolutely beautiful in that photograph and I adore it.

Eventually, I hope to fill up my stairway with these kind of memories but I have so many photographs, it's really hard to decide which ones 'make the wall'.

avoiding the washing up and attempting to finish some decorating.

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