Vinyl wall decals are all the rage right now! Home decorators used to say the quickest way to change the feeling of a room was with paint. Frankly, I never got that, because I think changing wall color in a room is a royal pain. You have to move/protect your furniture and floors, you have to wash and sand the surface, you have to tape off areas to protect them… and that’s just the preparation!!!
I found the hardest part of the process was in determining the layout when applying to a wall. While you can see the decal before you’ve applied it, the opaque backing sheet is, to me, distracting. You have to imagine the final look, and then hope you have it right! After determining the layout, the process is simple:
- Use the applicator tool to rub the decal off of the backing sheet and onto the transfer sheet
- Carefully remove the backing sheet
- Use the applicator tool to rub the decal onto the intended surface
I placed another three flowers from the same sets in another corner of the room. Again, no trouble with overlapping the images.
ABOVE: Three separate flower images adhered to a wall.
Last, but not least: placement on glass. I made this fun jar last Halloween. Again, it is with one of the Decor Elements brand wall decals. (If you want to see more step-by-step details of the application, you can check out that blog post.)
ABOVE: Spooky Brocade decal adhered to glass jar
Over Christmas, I also had white snowflakes on my front windows, too. Unfortunately, they did not photograph well. But I found this to be a really fun way to decorate for the season. And they were reasonably priced ($16.95 for 10 images), so I did not feel bad when I scraped them off and threw them away once spring arrived.
To-date, the only decals I have removed are the snowflakes from my front window. They did come off easily with a scraper, and what little residue remained cleaned off easily with Windex. I cannot attest to the ease of removal on a painted surface, and in the Decor Elements brand, there is a caution that it may not be compatible with some painted surfaces.
Overall, here are my pros and cons.
- Fun, trendy way to decorate your home or items for your home.
- Many, many choices of word phrases or images, in many colors
- Both of the brands that I tried were sturdy, as long as I worked slowly when removing the backing sheet or the transfer sheet. Even though I did split one of the words, it was easy to place it so that the break was invisible.
- Smaller images and phrases are quite affordable. And, I suppose, if you compare the price to repainting a room, or buying a piece of artwork, then even the largest ones can be considered affordable.
- This is a caution more than a con: There is no practicing, and there is no equivalent to erasing and starting over. Once you have started adhering the image, you can’t change your mind. So be absolutely sure of the placement when you start.
- The backing sheet is relatively heavy, and because these all arrive rolled-up, they maintain some curvature. This makes them somewhat challenging to work with for placement. I found it impossible to take advantage of the grid on the Decor Elements backing paper. So I did not even try.
- The gold color in the DCWV decal only appears gold in certain light. Otherwise, it appears to be almost olive green. It works in my case- but might not in other situations.
DCWV vinyl wall decals are available at Amazon.com
How about you? Have you tried any of these decals (or other brands) for home decor or crafting? Do tell!!