Fanciful Mural for Baby’s Crib / Accent Wall

Typical textured wall in new homes in suburban Houston has been skim-floated , sanded smooth , and primed with Roman Pro 977 Ultra Prime wallpaper primer .
All ready for baby Noah! The parents-to-be will spend the weekend bringing in the crib and other furnishings .
This is a 4-panel mural . Here I’ve laid out the panels , to ensure correct placement , and get accurate measurements .
We had some ” issues ” and I wasn’t completely happy with this product / vendor . For starters, they custom-printed custom-sized the material to the exact dimensions I had asked. Problem is, these panels are intended to be overlapped and double-cut ( spliced ). That means losing an inch on every seam . The company should have accommodated for that by providing us with four extra inches. They did not, so I had a real math and juggling match trying to plot how to get enough paper to cover the width of the wall.
The grey colors go nicely with the current trend toward greys and beiges ; the rest of the home follows this color scheme .
i thought this was going to be a pre-trimmed non-woven / paste the wall material. I was caught off guard when I discovered it was a textured vinyl on a paper backing , untrimmed and had to be double cut . See other post and/or do some Searching here for more info on this DC process . I think a better material would have resulted in better seams . But – wallpaper is meant to be viewed from about 5′ away, and from there, the wall is perfect.
Remember the picture of the panels laid out on the floor . The panel on the far right had a cool train near the top. It was a prominent feature in the scene . But, as you see in this photo, that train was cut off by the door. So all you see over the door is blank sky . I really liked that train, and so did the mom . I wanted to put it where she could see it .
So I took the bottom portion of that last panel and found the train. I used a straightedge to cut the bottom edge, and then used a scissors to trim around the top of the train and its trail of smoke .
Vinyl is slick , and wallpaper paste won’t adhere to it. So I applied special paste designed to grab ahold of vinyl. Then I placed it over the door , butting it up against the right where it meets the adjoining wall.
But – dangnabit! I forgot to take a picture of it finished! It looked great. Over the door was no longer all that dead-air blank space. Now there is a streamlined train with wisps of smoke , heading toward the distant castle !
I’m not going to mention where this was purchased from, because it’s one of the sites that I hope people will steer away from – a place that sells batteries , jewelry , fishing tackle , and – oh, yeah – wallpaper, too,,, you’re just better off with one of the established companies that specializes in wallpaper .
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3 Responses to “Fanciful Mural for Baby’s Crib / Accent Wall”

  1. Leslie Blanchard Says:

    Hi there,
    I have a question that Google doesn’t seem to be able to help me with.

    Question: I have a wall about 39” wide. My wall paper width is 27” wide. Would you (a) put one full panel in the center with two side seams or (b) have one middle seam?

    • thewallpaperlady Says:

      Leslie, good question. But it’s more a matter of how the pattern is placed on the paper, rather than the width of the paper. In other words, if it’s a pattern that has a dominant feature, you may want to place that dead-center on the wall. So your seam placement will depend on where that dominant motif will be placed . Do a Search here on the words ” centered ” or ” balanced ” to read my posts about this.
      If it’s a plain pattern like grasscloth, then you have three options.
      `Put the seam down the center. Although, design-wise, we try to avoid that. But if you’re going to have books or decorative things in front of it, it won’t matter much.
      `Do as your second option, which is to center one panel, and have two narrower panels on either side. Again, it’s gonna look a little odd, because the two outer panels will be so narrow.
      `Third option is to use a straightedge and carefully trim all panels to the same width, which would be about 13″ wide. Again, it’s getting kinda busy, with three narrow panels and two visible seams.
      When I’ve had situations like this, on plain textured papers, I usually opt for a center seam.

      Let me know if you have more questions. And let me know how it turns out.

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