WEEKEND PROJECT: HOW TO HANG A WALL MURAL
They say change is as good as a holiday. But instead of putting fresh sheets on the bed or making heart shaped pancakes, we’re thinking of something bigger, bolder and braver. Yup, it’s the feature wall. Now let’s just bury those memories of sponged paint before they resurface, because nowadays the feature wall could not be more different to the DIY jobs of the ‘90s.
Flamboyant wallpapers were pegged to trend in 2017, with clashing patterns, geometrics and trompe l’oeil blazing the trail. So there’s no better time than now to take a deep breath and do something a little more adventurous with your walls. And guess what? There’s even an option for all you commitment-phobes out there! Self-adhesive PVC murals are usually removable when you apply heat with a hairdryer, which means you can take them down without damaging the wall – and they cost a fraction of what you’d pay for designer wallpaper.
Whether you want to deceive the eye with an optical illusion, be transported to a far-flung destination or do something slightly more subtle with texture, a mural can be a great jumping-off point for those who are new to the world of feature walls.
The designs available on The Home this week all come with detailed instructions, but here’s a rundown of what your weekend of wall mural-ing will look like.
The ideal wall for a self-adhesive mural is primed, smooth, dry, dust-free and has not been recently painted (wait at least 3 weeks). Irregularities or roughness can be sanded back before application. Avoid damp or cold walls as well as walls near heat sources such as air conditioning, fireplaces and stoves.
What You’ll Need
First and foremost, you’ll need a buddy, especially for a large mural. You’ll also need scissors, a felt spatula, adhesive tape, a cloth, a needle, a level, and a spare couple of hours on the weekend.
Hanging Your Wall Mural
1. First, roll out your mural and let it rest on a flat surface, pattern side down, for about an hour. Make sure the room temperature is between 15 and 28 degrees Celsius for best results.
2. Next, tape your mural (with the backing paper still attached) to your chosen wall in the desired position. Observe it from afar and adjust until it’s positioned correctly.
3. When you’re ready to start hanging, you’ll be working from the top down. Remove tape at the top and peel back the wall mural about one fifth of the way down. While holding the mural away from the wall, have your buddy cut the top portion of the backing paper away with scissors.
4. Now you can stick the top part of the mural to the wall, smoothing it from side to side with the spatula to remove air bubbles. Work upwards and outwards to ensure trapped air is pushed out at the edges.
5. Once the top fifth of the wall paper is securely in place, you can remove the remaining tape. Then, slowly peel away the rest of the backing paper while simultaneously smoothing the mural to the wall with a felt spatula. If air bubbles appear you can prick them with a needle and smooth them out.
6. Repeat the same process if your design includes multiple panels. Be sure to overlap panels so that the pattern lines up for a seamless finish.
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