Friday, 24 October 2014
home: the wonderful world of wall stickers
For ages and ages, I've been deliberating on what to do with the big blank space behind the kiddos IKEA play kitchen; I thought about yet another print, but decided I wanted something a bit different, and had started looking at different decals when I got an email from the lovely folks at My Wall Stickers, asking whether I fancied trying out some of their products. Talk about well timed!
The only time I've ever come into contact with decals or anything in that area is when I had to apply the stickers to the windows in my old job as a merchandiser - and they were a total headache. They often refused to sit straight, and pretty much always ended up with bubbles underneath, or worst of all, just refused to stick on at all - so when they actually arrived, I expected it to be a long and difficult road to beautiful walls.
They had loads of different designs, but I went with the turquoise stars because a) the colour was perfect and b) I had a few DIY plans up my sleeve, and this shape was best suited to the job. They arrived on a roll with a special plastic tool for smoothing out any bubbles, and a pretty clear set of instructions that turned out to be easy to follow; a couple of snips and some rubbing later, and my test star was on the wall - and more to the point, it stayed there!
There were a few different designs and sizes on the roll, and I started by cutting out a few of the largest stars, and then making myself a raindrop template which fitted nicely into the centre. Ten minutes later, I had a pile of the most perfect turquoise raindrops, and ten minutes after that, they were trickling down the wall beneath a washi-tape cloud - it was pretty much one of the quickest and most fun DIY projects I've ever done!
Then, I got a bit carried away and got happy with some pom poms and washi tape...
There were 110 stickers on the roll (for the absolute bargain price of £19.99), and they literally go on forever - I could have easily covered the entire wall in different sized raindrops, but I had another idea in mind....
The handy thing about the stars is that the points on the triangle are pretty much the same size (with a little trimming in some cases), so the possibility for geometric patterns all over your walls (cupboards, drawers, desk, fridge, pots, husband, cat....) are absolutely endless. I'm already planning on buying a second set in a different colour to make some sort of triangle marvel on our kitchen cupboard doors, and I've got at least three plant pots that are going to get the same treatment as the one above.
I honestly can't rate these stickers highly enough; the delivery is fast (the very next day, actually!), they're really, REALLY easy to apply, and the quality and finish couldn't be better. As well as being easy to remove (fab for any fellow renters out there), it does say that they're non-reusable, but I managed to peel a couple off and re-attach them with no trouble when I'd stuck them to the wall a bit lopsidedly. (Although this might be something to do with the fact that our walls are covered in a washable satin paint, rather than a matte, so don't hold me to that!)
Huge thanks to the lovely team at My Wall Stickers for their patience in answering my endless DIY questions, and waiting so long for the review due to three sets of bad photographs. I received the Super Stars pack free of charge for the purpose of this review, but as usual, all words and thoughts are my own. I really, really recommend you grab some for your walls!
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