The countdown to baby girl's arrival is on! I'm 36 weeks and finally having no trouble remembering how far along I am because D-day is so close and I'm needing every day she stays in there to get things done for her arrival. Since Eli came at 39 weeks, I'm hopeful she'll be an early Christmas present, but having the first baby of the New Year wouldn't be too bad either - I mean don't you receive money or get to be on TV for that or something?
Her nursery is steadily coming together and while it's still not finished, I couldn't wait to show you all a sneak peek of the "feature wall" my husband and I put together. So without further adieu, I'll just show you:
Isn't it lovely? I worked with the awesome folks at Dana Decals again and I couldn't be more pleased with the result. Originally, I wanted to wall paper the wall, or even stencil it, but I wanted to find an easier way to fill the wall with a large pattern, without too much work - and I needed to be able to do it with a toddler running around my feet, which pretty much rules out wallpaper paste or painting with a stencil.
So I started looking around, and wouldn't you know, Dana Decals had the perfect pattern. I used their "Star Pattern" in the mirror finish which actually comes in four different styles (I chose Style 1) and asked them if they could make the stars in two different sizes, to add a bit more interest.
Dana Decals is awesome with custom orders (I have another project with them I'll show you after baby girl arrives that shows just how good they are!) and they quickly agreed, as well as sent me a mock up of what the wall would look like using dimensions I gave them.
So the big question I had for them was, how do I install such a large scale pattern with so many individual pieces? Originally they sent me a photo of another client of theirs using string and painters tape to tape out a grid on the wall, then placing the stars where each string crossed.
It sounded like a really good idea, so we tried that, but for some reason, our tape wouldn't hold horizontally. We tried at least five different kinds of tapes, and nothing would stick - below is our attempt - you can see we didn't get much past the vertical strings.
Maybe it was our paint, or we needed higher quality tape, but for whatever reason, that didn't seem to work for us. So we set about taking a different route - er, my husband did.
If you look super closely, you can make out his dots in the photo below. No, that's not dirt on your computer screen, those are little pencil dots on a white wall. Very difficult to photograph. Very difficult to see in said photograph.
While he did that, I set about cutting out each decal. They came on a few long sheets of paper and it only took me about 25 minutes to cut them all out - easy peasy.
Dana Decals has super detailed instructions on their website for installation, so I won't go too deep into it here, but basically, I just took each star and placed it over the pencil dot, lining it up to the one above it with a level. Eventually, I started "mass producing" meaning, I'd put on 20 - 30 stars at a time, then peel back the backer and smooth it out with a credit card all at once. This allowed me to set my pregnant-self on the floor/stool, etc. and not move as much. So really, it was all in the name of laziness.
You can see below some of the finished stars, and an area that is "half done."
I love how the foil finish reflects the light in the room - making the entire space feel bigger.
Plus, they tend to pick up some of the colors in the room - like the purple from the curtains, which I love. Total side note: Eli is fascinated with the "stickas" and loves going up to each one he can reach to give it a kiss. Adorable if I do say so myself.
And today, I'm excited to share Dana Decals is running another gift card giveaway on Oakland Avenue! They have tons of amazing decals, but their pattern decals will always hold a special place in my heart. Be sure to check out all their options though, they have something for everyone! Enter the giveaway through Monday, Dec. 10 below, and I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, Dec. 11!