It's been a busy nursery-focused weekend, and part of this weekend involved learning how to install a wall decal. A few weeks ago on my 30th birthday I won my very first blog giveaway, a $25 gift certificate to Dali Decals. I decided to go with the bird branch decal. Not only was that the popular choice among my friends (most of whom told me so in real life, not in blog life) but it was also Matt's favorite choice. Matt rarely expresses opinions over decorating decisions, and when he does (and I'm on the fence between two options) I tend to go with whatever he thinks is best so he can have a role in setting up our home.
I placed my order on August 23, and a week later I had the decal waiting for me on my doorstep. The decals come with easy-to-follow instructions that involve about nine steps. Larger decals, such as the one I ordered, require following the long version of the instructions, while the smaller decals can be installed in just about five or six steps. From start to finish it took me almost exactly one hour to install our decal. I thought I would need Matt's help, but for me this wound up being a one person job. Matt has done a lot over the past few weeks to set up the nursery, so I was happy to give him a break.
The first step was to grab some painter's tape and get the decal arranged correctly on the wall. Then I took a long piece of painter's tape and hang it down the middle of the decal, creating an "anchor" point. Our tree branch actually came in two pieces, so I took photos of the process using the smaller of the two branch pieces.
The decals are manufactured so that they're sandwiched between two pieces of adhesive. One piece of adhesive is a thick paper backing and the other piece is a thin transfer paper. Once my decal was arranged on the wall with an anchor point, I folded the decal in half over the anchor point and separated the thick paper backing from the decal.