No matter what you’re decorating, now there are thousands of different wall covering options that will overwhelm you with their creativity. If you’re wanting a jungle look for your kid’s room, there are 50 to choose from, and matching paint for the furniture as well. If your son is a science fan, not only can you get stars and planets, but aliens and their spaceships are all available in vinyl wall coverings. Here are a few tips to get you started. Also check wall covering options on Facebook.
First You’ll Want To Smooth Out The Wall And Clean It Well
Any cracks, blemishes or nail holes will have to be patched as they will show through on most vinyl wall coverings. It’s usually an easy job with a small spatula and some quality filler. Turn on the lights bright and do a careful pass or two to make sure you get them all.
Once the holes are filled the wall should be completely wiped down with some detergent and water. This is to make sure there are no oils, tobacco smoke, or dirt that could interfere with the adhesive on the back of your creative wall coverings.
Get Some Help, The Larger Wall Coverings Need Several Helpers
The hardest part about the really beautiful wall murals is that they’re really large. In most cases, you’ll need a couple of helpers to lift it into place and adjust it. After that, everything is the same as a normal sized wall covering.
Be sure and read the instructions and have everything well planned out for your helpers. You may only need them for a few minutes, so if you have marked the wall in pencil where the mural is going, you’ll be half way there. You should remember to measure everything twice and check for level more than twice and only use the pencil to mark, never a ball point pen.
You should lay out the entire mural on the floor in front of the wall where it will be installed. Most larger murals will be made of several pieces and they’ll be numbered in the order that they should be installed.
You Should Always Use The Heavy Duty Adhesive
The adhesive is very inexpensive and vital to a successful installation job. Buy good quality and follow the instructions carefully. Never over dilute the adhesive, that could lead to failure. Let the adhesive soak on the mural for at least 10 minutes before applying to the wall.
A short nap paint roller and a squeegee will be needed to squeeze the air bubbles out from under your mural. Start in the center and work towards the edge being careful not to stretch the mural in the process. Wipe off excess adhesive while it’s still wet.
One thing to keep in mind with the large creative wall coverings is that many of the panels are made to overlap about 2 inches. This is different than many other wallpapers that are made to be butted together instead. With a mural, you overlap about two inches so that the images line up correctly and you’ve got it. Then you can take a sharp razor knife and cut down the center of the overlap along a straight edge. This will give you a perfect seem that matches.
Putting up some wild and creative vinyl wallpaper is fairly easy to do and not very expensive at all. Plus, your kids will have fun showing their comic book, alien, Dora the Explorer, or whatever awesome type of wall covering you’ve decided on to all their friends.