When we moved to this place, I was super exited to jump in and decorate.
The last place we rented was super strict at charging us per nail hole and since we were only staying there for the summer, I pretty much didn’t decorate at all. For a creative person, that kind of environment is really depressing! More so than I expected.
So decorating the new place was top priority for me. We are still renting so painting is out… but vinyl we can do!
Around the time of our move, Dezign with a Z contacted me to see if I wanted to review and giveaway some vinyl. I was hesitant at first, because vinyl can sometimes look chintzy. But after browsing their site, I found some really cool stuff that I loved and thought you would too.
I took a looong time to finally decide what I wanted. There were so many good ones to choose from:
The deer coat rack or the cool jumbled numbers clock (they claim their clocks are silent too so you can put them in a bedroom), or oooh…the glow in the dark clock. The floor chalkboard hopscotch vinyl is pretty cool, and the U.S. map…very nice. But the murals take the cake. You can use their images or upload your own to get some pretty unique and stunning wall paper sized images.
In the end I decided on this chalkboard world map vinyl. Beauty right?
I like how the texture from our walls almost look like topography on the map pieces.
I ordered it just before we decided on a place to rent, hoping we would have a nice wall in our living space for this to go on. Well…we found a great place with an open floor plan and lots of windows, and not a lot of empty wall space. So, instead of putting it in our living area, I found that it fit right into our boys’ bedroom perfectly.
I had saved this picture of my boys that I had printed up a couple years ago on sticky poster paper (through Paper Coterie) and wrapped a canvas with it. I dug a pair of binoculars out of their toy bin, along with my husband’s old Davy Crockett hat and used it to add to the adventure theme that was taking shape in their room.
I sewed up a few throw pillows in some orange cuddle minky from The Ribbon Retreat (at my boys’ request) and spray painted some of their old dinosaurs orange to balance out the room.
All in all, I love the bright colors and the simplicity that’s just right for my boys.
We have had many family conversations around the map already. We often gather for prayer at night in the boys’ room, and somehow our gathering almost always ends in a geography lesson of some sort. It is a great conversation piece.
There’s no doubt that I love the end result, but I do have to mention that in my experience, the chalkboard vinyl doesn’t stick to the transfer paper as readily as I assume the regular vinyl does. This made transferring all those little islands reaaallly tricky. I am sure, there some are some misplaced islands because I had to manually place those.
The good news is that it is removable and reusable. As I messed with the islands to try to get them to look right, I was able to easily pull the vinyl off and replace it without losing any adhesiveness. The chalkboard vinyl is made from thicker material designed to be reusable. If I am feeling ambitious, I am going to try to move this with us when we buy our first home. 🙂
The bad news, is that it lifted some of our paint off when I moved the pieces. I attribute that to the fact that we have flat paint, which scratches off without much provocation any way. So, just be aware, that if you have flat paint, that you will likely have to retouch or repaint the area that you use this reusable chalkboard vinyl on, because the adhesive is so strong. I highly doubt this would be a problem with semi-gloss or gloss paint.
Oh yes, and I did mention that I get to give away a $50 gift certificate to Dezign with a Z?
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P.S. I am also sharing my thoughts on motherhood and working from home today over HERE at Little Kids Grow.