Turn a cherished photograph into a uniquely personal wall mural fit for a kids' space.Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon
Choose an image with people or objects that are easily recognizable from far away. Graphic shapes work best. Tip: Black-and-white images are a great choice because they'll work with any color scheme.
Drop image off at a local digital printing house; request that image be printed onto UV-resistant vinyl.
Create a smooth wall surface by filling any nail or screw holes with spackle using a putty knife. Once dry, sand spackled areas with medium-grit sanding block. Pour wallpaper primer into pan liner, add roller cover to roller handle, dip in paint, then prime wall.
Use tape measure to determine height and width of wall. Jot dimensions down in notepad with pencil. Lay vinyl out on long, flat surface. Referring to dimensions, mark vinyl to size with pencil and level, leaving an extra two inches all the way around to account for waste. Cut vinyl to size along pencil mark.
With precut vinyl laid out on a long flat, surface, add wallpaper paste to back using roller. Allow five minutes for paste to cure.
With the help of a friend, hold vinyl in place on wall, assuring proper fit.
Once proper fit is ensured, press vinyl in place. Use wallpaper smoothing tool to remove all air bubbles from vinyl. Cut away excess along molding and baseboards using utility knife.
Once vinyl is adhered, remove paste residue from surface using sponge and hot soapy water.