A Sneak Peek Of My New Giant Floral Mural

It took me a very long time to order the brand new giant floral mural for the studio, however I lastly positioned my order final Thursday, and it arrived on Saturday! I couldn’t imagine that quick turnaround!

The wallpaper sample is one which I created myself (I confirmed how I did that right here), and that wallpaper was on the studio wall from June 2019 till only a few weeks in the past.

As I’ve defined in earlier posts, I cherished the design, however I assumed that a number of the colours wanted to be tweaked (particularly these darkish purple flowers that simply appeared like blobs from a distance), and I wished the design printed MUCH bigger.

I spent a number of weeks looking for the proper firm to print my new giant floral design for me. Because it’s not customary wallpaper the place the total design matches completely onto one width of wallpaper, I wanted to have it printed as a mural. Looking for an organization that can print a customized mural from your personal image isn’t troublesome. There are many them on the market. However discovering an organization that can work with you to take your seamless, repeatable design, resize it for you, tile the design for you, and print it in order that it covers a really particular space of area (like my 16-foot-wide area) is a little more difficult.

I initially began working with Photowall (the corporate the place I purchased the mural that’s in our lavatory), however I bumped into an issue with their design system and determined to seek out one other firm. So then I began working with Murals Your Method, however I type of misplaced confidence when it didn’t actually appear to be the man understood what I used to be wanting.

After which about 4 weeks in the past, proper out of the blue and at simply the proper time, I obtained a advertising and marketing textual content from Spoonflower (the place I had the unique floral wallpaper printed) with some useful hyperlinks, and one in every of them simply occurred to be about how to turn a picture into a mural using Spoonflower. So I used their tutorial (though I didn’t do mine precisely how they prompt, however their directions had been an awesome leaping off level for me to grasp what I wanted to do), and made my new design double the width of the unique.

I used to be so nervous ordering that mural. I went over my design course of numerous occasions to make certain I had completed all the things proper, after which I lastly obtained the braveness to click on that “Place Order” button final week. When it arrived on Saturday, I used to be nervous and past excited to unwrap two rolls and see if I had completed it correctly. Nicely, positive sufficient, I had completed it proper, and the sample matched up completely!

So after this entire course of, my design went from one sample repeat becoming onto one 24-inch-wide piece of wallpaper (that is what the unique 2019 design appeared like)…

…to the brand new 2023 design with one entire sample repeat spanning the width of two items of 24-inch-wide wallpaper.

Now I’m positive what jumps out at you’re the further bits on all sides of the person wallpaper items. On the left aspect of every piece, there’s this small 1/4-inch white strip.

And on the proper aspect of every piece, there’s a 3/4-inch printed space plus one other white strip.

As a result of Spoonflower’s system isn’t actually set as much as print murals, and since they print their wallpaper design in order that they overlap only a bit whenever you set up them (which is a characteristic that I actually love about Spoonflower’s wallpaper), these are little quirks that you need to creatively work round when making an attempt to print a mural utilizing their wallpaper-printing system.

So earlier than putting in this mural, I should trim either side of every piece. I’ll have to chop off the little white strip on the left aspect, and I’ll additionally trim off the additional 3/4-inch of sample that was printed on the proper, together with the additional white strip.

As soon as these are trimmed off (you’ll should think about the skinny white strip on the left fringe of the proper piece being trimmed off within the image beneath), the sample will match collectively seamlessly.

I’m actually so happy with how this turned out. It really exceeded my expectations, and I can’t wait to get it put in on the wall! I like how these darkish purple flowers at the moment are mild sufficient and large enough that they’ll nonetheless appear like flowers (and never purple blobs) even from the opposite aspect of the room.

And this second time round was cheaper than the primary since I modified my total design for the lengthy wall and determined to place decrease cupboards all the way in which throughout the wall. This time, I solely needed to order sufficient wallpaper to go from the ceiling to the countertop, whereas earlier than, I ordered sufficient to cowl the wall from ceiling to flooring.

I attempted to get an image of the brand new mural together with the remnants of the outdated wallpaper for comparability so you may see how a lot greater and brighter the brand new mural is.

However this can be a pretty respectable comparability of the 2, with the brand new mural on the left and the unique wallpaper on the proper. Fairly nice, huh? 😀

I didn’t do a tutorial on how I went about turning the sample into a big mural to have it printed by Spoonflower as a result of I didn’t wish to go into a lot element if nobody was interested by that a lot element. But when a few of you have an interest in studying find out how to have a mural printed by Spoonflower, and find out how to work round their system that’s solely arrange for traditional wallpaper with overlapping seams, I’d be joyful to share my course of.

Like I mentioned, I began off with their tutorial, however actually, a few of their tutorial didn’t make sense to me. And I wished to finish up with items that overlap, like their customary wallpaper does. (I actually love that characteristic!) However their mural tutorial ends in items that should be trimmed (which you’ll by no means be capable of do completely by hand) after which they butt up subsequent to one another throughout set up. After which they present going again to the butt joints between the imperfect cuts (which you will have since you’re not a machine) and filling these in with markers or paint.

I imply, that actually, bodily hurts me to see that. Y’all know me nicely sufficient to know that that’s going to be a NO from me. I don’t need imperfect butt joints between items that then should be painted or coloured with markers.

So whereas I used their tutorial to assist me perceive how their wallpaper is printed, and what obstacles I wanted to work round as a way to use their wallpaper-printing system to print a mural, I made some tweaks to their directions in order that I’d find yourself with a design that can nonetheless have overlapping seams (no butt joints between imperfectly minimize items wanted) and create a seamless, flawless sample with no apparent joints and no want for coloring or portray in between imperfectly minimize butt joints.

All that to say that if there are no less than a number of of you who would love for me to do a tutorial, I’d be joyful to do this. But when nobody is interested by doing it themselves, however you simply wish to see my mural up on my wall in my studio, that’s developing. I employed two guys to come back and transfer the entire desktop-height retailers up about three or 4 inches. (The present top labored with my earlier cupboard and desktop plan, however they’re too low for the IKEA cupboard plan.) They’ll be right here tomorrow morning to start out on that. As soon as they’re completed, I’ll be capable of set up the brand new mural! I’m hoping to have it completed by Friday.