Jazz Up Your Wall

Dressing up your walls doesn't have to start with the obligatory trip to the paint store. Just add a wall decal. These days the selection is endless, ranging from words to retro graphics to custom silhouettes. Vinyl decals don't leave any glue residue behind and most are removable, which is great for apartment dwellers!
 
What you'll need:

  • Water and a towel for cleaning
  • Your vinyl decal
  • Masking tape
  • A ruler
  • A credit card
  • About 30 minutes, depending on the size & complexity of your decal

 
1. Clean the destination surface and dry thoroughly.
 
2. Be sure the image is stuck to the backing paper by rubbing over it with a credit card on a flat surface.
 
3. Place the product on the destination surface. Level and center it.
 
Tip: Before removing the backing, tape your decal onto your surface to make sure you like the positioning.
 
4. Tape one edge of the backing paper to the destination surface. At an angle, slowly peel away the backing paper revealing the sticky side of the decal. After the backing paper is removed, slowly place the decal onto the destination surface starting from the taped edge. Smooth it onto the destination surface bit by bit. Go slowly and work out any air bubbles with a credit card or your fingers as you go. "The trick to getting a perfect transfer is going slowly. Take an extra minute to ease it on rather than slap it on. If you go too fast it might bubble or wrinkle, but if you take it easy, it will transfer perfectly," says Heidi.
 
Tip: When your vinyl is applied to a wall, it should be bubble-free. If you have a bubble, poke the bottom of it with a small pin or needle. Then work the air down towards the hole with your finger or a credit card.
 
5. Starting at one corner, gently peel away the clear protective layer. If any part of your decal remains attached to the protective layer, roll it back, re-press the image onto the surface, and continue peeling away. Go slow and be patient.
 
6. You're done! Stand back and admire your hard work.
 
Article Credit: Design Milk

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