Etsy – Your Place for Vinyl Wall Decals

November 8th, 2012

A beautiful baby nursery is so easy to create with the use of vinyl wall decals found on Etsy.  Vinyl decals are super easy to apply, affordable and remove easily without damaging the walls.  Vinyl wall decals allow you express your vision with style.  The room you create will be one of a kind and Etsy is the perfect place to visit for all things handmade.  Designers work with you to personalize custom products made just for you.  Many products are priced comparable to store bought but with loads of love.  As an Etsy seller, I put my heart and soul into every item I ship.  I want it to be perfect and to put a smile on the face of my buyer.

 

One Etsy shopper contacted me about an item I had listed in my Etsy shop.  She liked what she saw but wanted it altered to meet her vision.  She was so excited that she shared photos of her beautiful baby nursery finished with personalized handmade art for the wall.  This princess decal is available for you to personalize too. Visit my Etsy shop at TheDecalGirl to purchase the Personalized Little Princess Vinyl Wall Decal.

 

I’ve met so many wonderful people on Etsy.  Helping them create their vision has been a heartwarming experience.  Personalized decals are my favorite.  They are great for girls and boys and teens and tweens. They make wonderful gifts;  for Christmas, for moms to be, for teachers and for weddings.  You can use decals to decorate the nursery, the playroom, the foyer, the master retreat, the bathroom, the bedroom, and the kitchen.  Because they remove easily without damage to the walls, I works with a lot of girls decorating their dorm rooms and apartment dwellers.  My designer decals can be seen in restaurants, catering displays, front doors, and even cars.

 

Vinyl Decals . . . the easy way to decorate without paint . . . the possibilities are simply endless.

Freebie ~ Create Word Art with Tagxedo

January 24th, 2012

Word Art is super trendy and this DIY project took only minutes to create with Tagxedo.  Even better #itsfree.  Personalize your own list of words, choose a color palette, a shape and a font.  Rather than enter a word list, I used my website link and Tagxedo created my word list for me.  This heart is a true expression of my brand.  Imagine the possibilities!  With Valentines Day  just around the corner this could be a great gift for your sweetie.  Kids off at college?  Create art that will put a smile on their face with the special words and moments you share as a family.  (Don’t forget to include your delicious home baked cookies.)  This is an easy way to show off your creativity and have fun doing it.  The sugarsugar house blog has some quick tips & tricks and more ideas that are sure to Inspire.

Retro Flower Power Decorating Ideas

July 28th, 2011

I am so excited.  I recently (finally) set up my Etsy Shop.  Yesterday I got a conversation (what Etsy calls e-mails) from Vanessa (Melimebabybeeshop) saying she had featured one of my flower power decals in a Treasury.  I’m so new I don’t even know what a treasury is but I LOVE that she loves us.

We are always thinking about style . . . your style!  Today’s decorating style is a Retro Flower Power look perfect for girls, both teens and tweens.   Even a toddler room can have a retro feel when you use a design such as our Personalized Flower Power Decal Kit.  It’s so much fun to express your style when you use vinyl wall decals . . . not to mention the biggest benefit . . . decals are so quick & easy!

We’ve added a whole new flower power collection of vinyl decals that are bold, sassy, and super cool.  They were styled after popular signature style flower power stencils.  They make us smile!   Bright vinyl colors coordinate with the fabulous and popular Pottery Barn Colors paint palette from Benjamin Moore.

The Flower Power Era  is my absolute favorite retro theme.   I loved Flower Power in the 70’s and I think I love it even more today.  I get so excited when I see peace signs and pom pom ball fringe.  What makes it even more appealing is bringing today’s color combo’s such as pink & brown or lime green & brown into the room or up on the wall.  Traditional flower power color schemes still work and have withstood the test of time.  PB Teen pairs traditional color combos like yellow and orange, purple and teal, and then throw in a new look turquoise with brown & white.   Look around!  Let your imagination run wild.  Inspiration is endless and you will find it everywhere.  As always, we suggest that you choose from the heart, pick colors that make you happy.

Now for the fun!  Here’s two of our new decal designs.  We hope that they will Inspire! you to do your next room redo in Retro.

Faux Brick – A New Look

June 16th, 2011

This post was originally to be  “One Stencil – Two Looks” and  I’ll get to that, but what happened today changed the whole course of my post. 

My Arhaus Furniture catalog arrived in the mail this afternoon and I took a moment to just sit down and dream.  I love the furniture and their room settings.   The brick wall in this particular picture caught my eye because . . . .

Faux Brick Wall

last week I received an e-mail from Valerie Selkirk who just purchased our faux brick stencil.  When I say just, I mean just . . . the stencil was no sooner out the door when her fab photo was in my mailbox.  She used the stencil to create a faux brick wall in her powder room.  Having lived near Georgetown (Washington, DC) I know that interior brick walls have a real charm and are a highly sought after feature.  Using the stencil and a little bit of paint Valerie created the illusion of a brick wall.  Compare her faux brick wall to the Arhaus picture.  Valerie’s faux brick is spectacular, so realistic.  If you always wanted an interior brick wall and weren’t lucky enough to get one . . . . no worries . . . . . paint one with our Faux Brick Stencil.  It’s that easy.  Great job Valerie, and I love “the look” of old world mixed with modern fixtures.  Thanks for sharing.

Our Faux Brick Stencil  is so versatile, a faux brick wall, exposed brick, or  . . . . from our photo file, we found a picture where a painting contractor used the stencil to create a faux brick column, part of a garden mural at Prestige Landscape in Chesterfield, Missouri.

If the real thing is pricey or just not practical, think faux.  Faux fur – yep!  Faux brick – yep!  Faux sun –  I’ve been known to do that too!  

Hoping this helps you to be Inspired and get everything you want, even if it’s faux!

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

April 25th, 2011

You gotta love vinyl wall decals.  They are such an easy and affordable way to decorate without paint!  Vinyl is used everywhere . . . museums, schools, businesses and even on cars.  So many times I thought a design or lettering had been hand painted.  Only touching reveals the “vinyl” secret.  Decals are simple to install and take less time than painting.  No Muss . . . No Fuss . . . No Paint!

A decal is packaged as a sandwich of three layers; the bottom is backing paper, the middle is your custom decal, and the top is transfer paper.  During shipping the sandwich may ripple or the layers may have pull apart.  That’s ok.   Lay it on a flat surface and use a squeegee or credit card to gently press the layers back together.  You may find it necessary to allow the decal to lay flat overnight and acclimate to the environment.   We include a sample decal in our packages for practice.  Apply to paper, in the closet, or any flat surface.

Gather a few Supplies and you are ready to rock & roll.

  • Pencil & Scissors
  • Painter’s Tape (please don’t use masking tape as you risk pulling paint from the wall)
  • Level
  • Tape Measure or Yardstick

 

Prepare Your Wall Your decal should be applied to a clean surface.  If your walls are freshly painted simply dust the wall with a soft cloth to insure there is no surface dust.  If your paint is not so fresh, wash the surface with a mild household cleaner and rinse.  Allow the wall to dry completely before application.  It’s important to allow freshly painted walls to cure before applying your vinyl decal.  Ideally, that’s 30 days.  At a minimum, two weeks, at your own risk, a week or less.

Placement Choose the wall placement for your decal.  If it’s a quote or a phrase you may want to mark a center point as well as a level line on the wall.  If it’s a design with random placement, you want to make sure your design is level.  On most designs, we give you the center point and a level line.  Using a yardstick or a straight edge, mark a pencil line across the design using our guide triangles.   Hold the design to the wall and place pieces of painters tape aligned with those marks.   We like to make marks on the painters tape rather than the wall as sometimes erasing the wall doesn’t work out too well.  Remove design and make sure your marked tape pieces are centered and level.   Matching those marks, secure the design in place along the top edge with painters tape.  The tape acts as a hinge.

Remove the Backing Depending on the design, it may be precut into sections that butt against each other.  If it’s too long to manage comfortably, feel free to cut the design being sure not to cut the vinyl.  Flip the decal design up keeping it flat against the wall and slowly peel off the bottom layer (grid paper.)  Watch that no parts of the decal are sticking to the backing paper.  All design elements should all be attached to the transfer tape.  Also, be careful not to touch the decal adhesive backing.  Once the backing paper is removed (a section at a time if necessary) carefully lay the decal back down into position.

Rub the Design onto the Wall Use the squeegee to firmly rub/smooth the entire surface working from the center out.  This step secures the decal to the wall.

Remove the Transfer Tape Slowly peel the transfer tape which is the sticky paper top layer to reveal your design now on the wall.  When removing the tape pull in a “rock & roll” motion at an angle from top left corner to bottom right corner rolling it back on itself.   Move slowly and carefully watching that all elements of the design have adhered to the wall and not lifted with the transfer tape.  If something hasn’t stuck to the wall, roll the transfer tape back and use your squeegee to burnish the decal to the wall then, continue with the removal.  Remove placement triangles if they transferred to the wall and gently smooth design with hand.

Enjoy!   You did it!  Friends and family will be so impressed with your decorating diva talents!

If you prefer an instructional video, visit us on YouTube.  How To Apply a Vinyl Wall Decal by StencilsAndDecals.com

When it’s time to remove the decal from the wall, use a blow dryer to heat/soften the vinyl making it easier to remove.

Paris-Inspired Bedroom – Decorate With Decals

March 16th, 2011

This is not the typical little girl pink and black Paris-Inspired bedroom but rather, a grown up, lavish, french decor style.  I don’t know why I use birds when decorating the walls of a Paris-Inspired bedroom but it works for me.  I mean really . . . . what do birds have to do with Paris?  Do birds invoke a feeling of romance?  Is it because the birdcage is wire? 

I have no idea, no logical reason but, I love, love, love birds in a french boudoir.

I’ve tried this hanging birdcage vinyl wall decal design using multiple colors, brown for the branch, blue for the birds; but the simplicity of black is truly my favorite.  Is black regal or is it the elegance of black and white/cream?  This look is truly luxe.

Decorator STYLE tip:  Take an element of the design and place it randomly.  Put a bird in the closet or the adjoining bath or in the hallway by the door entering the room.  Here we’ve placed a bird on top of the door frame.  It creates a little unexpected surprise.

Pink and Brown Polka Dot Bedroom

March 13th, 2011

Think stencils as an easy & affordable way to finish any room.  One of the great things about stencils is that you can do them in whatever color or shade you choose.  Craft acrylic paints are the perfect choice for stenciling and with hundreds of colors from which to choose, you will usually find the perfect match to fabrics or accessories in the room.  

A great color combo for a 2011 teen bedroom – bubble gum pink and chocolate brown!  This is a teen bedroom idea with syle!  Polka Dot Style with big dots or circles scattered all over the walls!  The polka dot circles were created using a traditional wall stencil because we want to repeat them over and over.  Traditional stencils are cut on a plastic mylar which can be used multiple times and washed if necessary.  Our polka dot cirlce stencil is a sticky stencil.  It’s cut on a sticky back mylar so the stencil sticks to the wall like a post-it note eliminating the need for stencil spray adhesive.  Use the roller stenciling technique to make this job speedy.  “It’s a girl thing!” was stenciled on the wall using a one-time use vinyl stencil but you could just as easily apply a vinyl wall decal.

The bedding shown is Mod Dots Pink Polka Dot by JoJo Designs.

Border, Border, on the Wall!

February 9th, 2011

Yes, borders on the wall still work.  Although, today’s style might be to border the border.  Create a border within a border by taping off a section on the wall and paint it in a contrasting or coordinating color.  Now you now have a defined field to stencil the border design. 

Connie Griffiths a decorative stencil artist in the suburbs of Chicago asked us to create a stencil to coordinate with Pottery Barn bedding being used in the room.  Connie’s Border came to life and tied the room together, it completes the design project.  The design is offered in two sizes (large is shown.)  

Additionally, Connie had us cut a custom name stencil which she used to personalize the footboard. 

A simple border can still do magic.  It’s a decorative detail that may never go out of style.

Exposed Brick . . . how did they do that?

February 8th, 2011

A brand new model home but there’s a wall with plaster crumbling away and brick peeking through . . . how did they do that?  It’s easy to achieve the look with craft acrylic paint and a faux brick stencil.   Decorative Artist Margaret von Kaenel  taught an Exposed Brick class in our retail shop and we’re sharing her instructions.

Tools

  • sea sponges (one for each color) dampened
  • craft acrylic paints – Margaret’s favorite colors for brick were brick red, dark brown, pink, & cream
  • Styrofoam plates
  • bucket of water to rinse sponges
  • paper towels
  • level – love the iHandy Level App for iPhone
  • brown paper grocery bags
  • painter’s tape (low-tack)

Painting

Begin by tearing or cutting brown paper grocery sacks and placing them on the wall to make the edge of the faux plaster.  Dilute light grey (or your choice of grout color) with water and sponge lightly over the wall.  For a more mottled look, add a slightly darker grey (or darker shade of your color choice) also mixed with water and sponge over the lighter grout color.  Soften with a clean damp sponge.   Spray the back of the brick stencil with repositionable stencil spray adhesive.  Tape the stencil in place making sure the grout lines are straight using a level.  You don’t want crooked bricks.  Before beginning, all sponges should be slightly damp and wrung out completely.  A too damp sponge will result in paint seeping or bleeding under the stencil.   Start with your predominant color by loading the sponge, then removing the excess on a paper towel.  Fill in the brick areas almost completely.  The other colors are then added randomly until you achieve the look you want.  Treat each brick differently for a more realistic look.  Complete all bricks in the exposed area.  Remove bags and set aside. 

Shading

Americana craft acrylic paint, Charcoal Grey is a very brownish grey and makes an excellent shading color.  Water down the acrylic paint to the consistency of ink.  With a small stencil brush (use the paper towel to offload the paint making the brush very dry) shade along the bottom and one side (the side away from the light source if you have one) of each brick.  Replace your torn or cut paper bag and use that to shade the edges of bricks as well. 

We love exposed brick on a wall with a faux finish.  Cracks can be hand painted if you want an older look.

Girls Gone Wild

February 2nd, 2011

. . . wild for a pink zebra room!

Take a peak at Maddie’s new room.  She loves all things pink and zebra.  Her passion – gymnastics.  So when Grandma announced her gift for Christmas was to let the three sisters reDecorate their bedrooms, Maddie went a little wild.

A decorative painter was hired who called StencilsAndDecals to cut one-time use vinyl stencils to complete the project.  We incorporated Maddie’s Style into the room.  Maddie loves the mod look so she chose peace signs, a hip 70’s  retro style font for her name, our new Zebra Stripe border stencil and a custom gymnast design.  We then “zebrafied” a heart for the graphic boder.

The color palette – two shades of Sherwin Williams pink paint were chosen for the walls.   The top was painted with the lighter shade SW6849 Partytime and the bottom painted with SW6854 Impatient Pink. 

Our Zebra Stripes stencil was used to paint the white border for a dramatic designer look. 

The designing didn’t stop there.  Every girly loves to doodle and a custom chalkboard was installed.  Accomplish this by using either chalkboard paint or give us a call to place a custom order for chalkboard vinyl.  Chalkboard vinyl can be cut in all kinds of nifty shapes or if you choose a standard square or rectangle shape; get Dad involved and have him paint molding and add a frame as shown .

Maddie’s room is beautiful . . . just another wild, affordable, and easy way to decorate with paint!