Thursday, January 27, 2011

My First Decal!

As you may know, I have a long-running obsession with wall decals.  They're great, especially for renters who want to liven up their walls but aren't allowed to paint.  You can stick them on walls, furniture, and even laptops to make creative, unique statements.  When you're bored with them or it's time to move, peal the decal off and your back to a blank canvas.  Such a great idea!  But after years of talking about my favorite decals, I've never actually owned one until now.

In a desperate attempt to get the look of a coat tree without taking up floor space, I went on a search for coat tree wall stickers.  I've shown a coat tree decal before.  Many come with the hooks that attach to your wall and make the decal actually functional as a coat tree.

The decal I chose is from Etsy seller Art and Decoration.  It didn't come with the hooks, but for $20 it was a great deal.  If you're looking for a decal but working on a limited budget, you should definitely check them out.  Be warned that their decals come in a lot of pieces, which is why they're able to sell them for so cheap...more pieces arranged in a smaller space means less sticky film is used which translates into lower prices for penny pinchers like us.  I had to ask them to send me a diagram so I could figure out which piece goes where, but once they did, it took me no time at all to put the decal together.

The original decal included cats chasing butterflies at the bottom of the coat tree.  I don't know why.  I threw them out. 

Piecing it together.

I cut the pieces apart, then used painter's tape to arrange them on the wall.  Once they were in the correct positions, I pealed away the backing, used a credit card to smooth everything out, then pealed away the transfer tape and, voila!  Once I get the hooks up, it will be even more awesome!  What do you think?


  1. That's so cool! It looks great!

  2. I've been looking for the perfect wall decal for my new apartment, thanks for the post, it really helped! Also, love the use of pink and green in your entry way!

  3. Thanks guys! We decided to go with the kelly green doors to tone down the pink (we also have a pink dining table and pink curtains in the lounge) and make it more male-friendly for my husband! So far, it's working :)