Today, I am so excited to show you the first part of the transformation of my master bedroom. I have collaborated with the incredible Swedish company Photowall for this project and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how beautifully it turned out.
My master bedroom has been on my list of projects to get too for some time and this winter I decided it was now or never. It quite desperately needed to be refreshed and things needed some serious changing up.
Photowall and I decided to team up to transform one of my walls with their gorgeous murals and that’s where the transformation began.
Here is the room and wall behind my bed before. I had added an old screen to the wall above my headboard but then never got around to adding the shutters to either side. Oops. It’s amazing what you let slide when you’re busy. (you can see how to build this headboard here…) The room was boring but cozy enough to keep me happy and never became a priority to work on.
Well… that changed with Photowall. When we decided to collaborate I began pouring through their website. I can’t even begin to tell you how many amazing choices there are! In fact, there are so many that I had my mom pouring through them as well in case she saw something I missed. When I had it narrowed down to about 4 choices, I asked several people to help me pick the final one.
I wanted a mural that had a calming and serene feeling as well as having something to do with nature. I always love bringing the outdoors in and this was no different.
Once I selected the mural I wanted, the rest of the process was super easy. I measured the wall it would go on and Photowall did the rest. They sized the mural to my wall measurements and printed it within 48 hours! They were so fast I honestly couldn’t believe it. My mural was on its way from Sweden in the blink of an eye and arrived a couple of days later.
This is what arrived in my kit. The mural all printed into a compact roll and everything I needed to hang it. I was really impressed with how easy getting the mural ready for hanging was. Photowall had labeled each section and all I needed to do was cut the pieces apart where they said too. It really was foolproof! It has been years since I had hung wallpaper and I was a little nervous but it was honestly super easy. My Mom had planned on helping me but since Ontario is in a state of emergency right now with the Pandemic, I had to do it alone.
Hanging the Mural
The hardest part of this project was actually the very first part. (and it wasn’t really that hard!)
It is really important to make sure when you are wallpapering that your first piece is even and level. I started by measuring the width of the wallpaper and then marked my wall the same distance from the corner all the way down. Once I had marked it in about 10 spots, I used a large level to connect them all.
I discovered pretty quickly that despite what it looked like, my wall was not even! Instead of following my marks down the wall, I used the level to keep making a line. It ended up being a little off from about 8 of my markings which meant my wall was not square. My advice… don’t skip this part of you will regret it later!!
With the first piece marked out, I needed to make the paste and get rolling. To hang Photowall murals, you put the paste directly onto the wall and not the paper and I found this so much easier than having it on the paper.
To make the paste, I mixed the powder with some warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. When it was ready, it looked exactly like the paste we used to use in Kindergarten! Seriously. I just then brushed it onto the wall, about one and a half paper widths at a time, and laid a piece of the mural on top of it. I used the level line I had drawn, not the initial markings, to line up the first piece. After I knew the first one was level, I just had to keep laying the pieces right next to the one beside it and it went really quickly. There were a couple of sockets I needed to uncover and it only took a minute to use a straight razor to cut around them while I was smoothing out the paper. My kit came with this handy seam roller and it really was useful to have. Each time I added a piece and smoothed it out, I used the tool to flatten the edges together. It was a huge help to get them to lay next to each other and not overlap. As I worked through the mural I would go about three pieces and then go back and trim off the edges at the top and bottom. You can wait until the end to do this part but I wanted to make sure that the paste didn’t start to dry before I was able to trim and lay each edge flat against the wall.
I really can’t believe what a difference adding this mural made in the room; not only to the look but the feel as well. It gives it the most beautiful feeling of being in a serene birch forest every time I walk in there. Now I just want to stay there all of the time and do my work from the comfort of my bed under the leaves.
Photowall has been a wonderful company to work with and they have generously offered a 25% discount on their entire site to you all as well! You can use it as much as you want for the next month on any of the gorgeous murals or art pieces on their site. To get your discount, just add recreateddesigns2021 at checkout.
I would love to know what you have been up to while you’re self-distancing and under isolation/quarantine. It is so important to get your creative juices flowing for so many reasons right now and if you missed last week’s post about creativity during stressful times, you can find it here.
Sending you all virtual hugs!
Stay well my friends ♥