10.08.2010

Wall Decal Made of Painted Contact Paper!

I was so thrilled about my wall decal tutorial being featured over at Beyond the Picket Fence that it motivated me to do another one last night. This time the decal was for a rather boring white wall in our living room. We have an accent wall in olive green, but the other two walls are white, and this one blank space in particular haunts me. It's kind of like I decorated the sides and corners of that wall, but I just had no idea what to do with the middle, which is why it was the perfect candidate for some experimental decal-ing. The experimental part is that I painted white contact paper with acrylic paint. 


And it worked!!! Couldn't believe it. I guess I imagined the paint wrinkling the contact paper or something. But it went on easily and dried in about 20 minutes. I think you could do it either way, but I chose to cut out the shapes first and then paint them. I think you waste less paint that way because you are only painting what you know you are going to use. 
Contact paper is so thin that it really just molds itself to the wall. It almost looks like I painted it directly on the wall, so I can see how this extra step of painting the contact paper and applying it to the wall would be a waste of time for some people. I'm a renter, though, so I am fond of projects like this that can easily be undone. And, by the way, the pieces are easily removable and replaceable - I had to move around some circles a couple of times before I liked it. 


So, the process can be kind of messy. he he! 
 Here is an in progress pic:
 The finished product!


Now that I know the painting contact paper method works, I think I need to spruce up my lab space at work with a few decals. I keep saying I'm going to make a tree, but geez that would take a while.... :) Guess I'm lazy.


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13 comments:

  1. Wow! That is such a cool idea! Who knew you could do that?!?

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  2. What a great idea! It would be a great idea for temporary art in the playroom or kids' rooms! You are so cute and I love the concept behind your blog! I'm your newest follower!

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  3. oh thanks so much!!! i've been wondering if paint and contact paper would work well together!!!

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  4. Thank you for your kind words! You all are too sweet!

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  5. Well, who knew! This is SO great! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love the idea of using this method as temporary art especially in a child's room. The possibilities are endless. Fun project!

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  7. @Michelle - Thanks so much for following! I would love to follow you back, but I think your blog link may be hidden because of privacy settings perhaps? If you get this message, will you please send me a link to your blog or leave a link in another comment? Thanks!

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  8. What a fabulous idea! I love it!!

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  9. Really beautiful! I'm going to have to try this!

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  10. I asked Google, "Can you paint contact paper for wall decals?" and thankfully, it brought me here. That is so great to hear! I was alarmed at the price of wall decals and even more alarmed at the price of non-white contact paper. So happy to hear I can paint my own for the gift I'm giving. Thank you so much. Your decals are too cute!

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  11. This is great!!! I wanted to do my baby boys room in a jungle theme but I was not sure if I could get all the bright colors I wanted in contact paper, or how to add all the little details. I just have one question do you think that if I did paint it would it still look painted? I would like for the color to look solid if you could please msg me?!?

    smile_missy_loves_you57@yahoo.com

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  12. I tried painting some wall decals I got bought @ Dollar tree. they bucked and curled really badly. I wonder if I made the coats too thick. Any ideas on what I did wrong?

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Thanks for your kind comments!