Before & After: Hallway Forest Mural

For many of you, I must sound like a broken record about still getting my home situated after being here nearly 2 years (well, 2 years on December 10). With all the necessary construction behind me (I'm ignoring the issue of curb appeal for the time being) now, NOW, I'm getting into the swing of things! In the before shot above, you see the neglected and junky corner of the hallway. See the transformation after the jump.

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For months, I had been looking for some sort of woodgrain wallpaper, preferably in green, for that nook. Trolling the various wallcovering sites, I just couldn't decide what to do because many of the choices I liked were cost prohibitive. Then, I saw Maxwell's post about Gregory and Emily's wall mural and decided a photographic mural would nicely do the trick. I was a little scared that it would look too much like the waiting room of my childhood doctor, with it's peeling and faded Hawaiian sunset mural from the 70s, but I'm beyond pleased about how it turned out.

The mural is called "Birches" from Berlin Wallpaper and arrived in 8 panels and, as promised in my Black Friday post, I hung it over Thanksgiving weekend. But be warned, where it took Gregory around 30 minutes to install his mural, it took closer to 3 hours to install mine. The paste alone took 30 minutes to set-up (following the enclosed directions). Going around and inside the corners was a bit of a pain, to be honest. And it would probably go more quickly if you have a buddy to help. I did this solo, but found it easier and easier with each panel (thank goodness the first panel is well-covered by the china cabinet...better to hide the few air bubbles I left).

I felt like most of the time was spent waiting for it to dry enough to trim the top and bottom to really get a perfectly finished look. Plus, as the paper dries and shrinks back to its original size (it stretches a bit when you apply the paste), it magically makes most, if not all, of the air bubbles disappear! One note to keep in mind, If you try to trim the paper while it's still damp, even with the sharpest blade, you can tear it...so best to have plenty of patience and take your time.

(Images: Michelle Chin)