Awhile back we transformed our formal dining room into a homeschool room, and I lamented the fact that I was going to have to relocate the colorful gallery wall that I had worked so hard (and for SO long!) on. I planned on moving the gallery into our front entry room, a lackluster and boring space that has served about a dozen different purposes since we moved in to our home seven years ago. Mostly it sat there looking totally uninspiring and housing all of the miscellaneous leftover furniture and oversized kids toys (hello, extra large play kitchen!). This room is the very first thing that you see when you walk into our home, and I was dying to give the space a makeover that was more reflective of our style and personalities.
I had chosen the flooring and paint that I wanted to use in the room, but I knew it would probably be awhile before we would be able to find the time to get started on the project…but while I was out of town attending the SNAP conference last month, my husband sent me a text message of the photo above – he had installed the new wood floors and painted for me! *swoon*
I moved my painted sofa into the room along with an Ikea rug, a wooden spool side table (my husband is an electrical contractor, so it’s totally fitting – he actually brought the wire spool home from work!), and a small cabinet that belonged to my grandmother. Next up, time to relocate that gallery wall!
My husband, Mitch, voted to fill the entire wall space with the gallery objects, but this wall is quite a bit larger than the last one was. We incorporated a vintage window from my collection to help fill the same, and we arranged and rearranged all of the frames and stuff until we liked the way it all looked. The gallery is centered over the cabinet, which I like, but it was driving Mitch crazy that there was still space on the left side of the wall that wasn’t filled in. Honestly, I’m more bothered by the way that the K sticks out of alignment on the right side, but I’ll live with it. He really wanted something to fill in the space though, so I went looking for something quick and easy with lots of personality that would take up some of that empty area.
I fell in love with this Vintage Birdcage designer vinyl wall decal from Wallternatives™ and I knew it would look great with the rest of the gallery. The hardest part was choosing which color to use since the vinyl decals are available in 20 different colors (including metallic gold and silver!). I decided to go with dark pink to help lend some balance to the pink K that was bugging me. Wallternatives™ has all kinds of fun things to make your walls pretty – fabric decals, vinyl decals, chalkboards, and soon they will also be offering removable wallpaper! I just have to tell you…I got the chance to play with the removable wallpaper at SNAP, and it was incredible! The patterns are beyond gorgeous, and it really does go on and come off easily without any damage or worries. I cannot wait for it to come out!
To apply the vinyl decal, I trimmed the excess and used painter’s tape to position it on the wall. When I had it in place, I removed the top strip of painter’s tape and carefully separated the backing paper from the vinyl and clear transfer paper.
I double checked the position of the birdcage with a level before using a credit card to apply pressure and smooth the vinyl on to the wall. Once the vinyl has adhered firmly to the wall the clear transfer tape can be peeled off of the top – easy peasy!
Now when you walk into our house, you’re greeted by this room. One that has a ton more color and personality! It makes me happy every time I walk in the front door…but I’m already working on a couple of pieces of hoop art to fill in the space under the birdcage now! 😉
Be sure to check out the new Wallternatives™ website and take a peek around! One of my favorite things about them is their policy of “We are committed to empowering you to create a home that is more colorful, more fun, more expressive, and more designed around ‘you’ without investing a lot of time.” Sounds like something we all could use, right?! Which design is your favorite?
Disclaimer: Wallternatives provided me with this wall decal free of charge; however, all opinions are my own!