AT:LA got an email a few weeks ago announcing a new temporary wallpaper, geared just for apartments, the paper from Paper Apartment is adhered to the wall with a special 3M material that is guaranteed not to ruin the wall. I was VERY curious to say the least. I invited them over to do an install [actually, they offered].
Company owners Derek and Jason from Paper Apartment asked me which color we would be using and after much dilemma, [I asked to bring 4 colors to see in the space] I chose the blue. Since each kit comes with a white paint pen to decorate as you see fit, my mind was full of crazy time-consuming ideas. I finally settled for a little graphic I saw on a curtain at Target.
After finding a template to use I set out to cover the "chair rail" height paper with this pattern. Of course it took much more time than I had figured and to the guy's dismay a number of paint pens, [we used 3 total for this project] they were great sports in dealing with my crazy design idea.
A couple of details and questions that came up over the afternoon:
I had assumed the entire paper was coated with the 3M material but it's not, the kit comes with a number of the 1/2" tabs to adhere the paper to the wall. I was a bit disappointed with this fact but probably because I had dreams about sticking this stuff everywhere.
You should be good at wrapping presents. Because the material is heavy paper, it creases and acts as if you are wrapping corners. You'll need to know how paper reacts in those situations.
I asked the guys what stops anyone from going out and buying colored butcher paper and their own tabs and doing this themselves? They put a lot of time and research into the color development with a printer so it will not fade in sunlight. They have also tested the pens on each of the colors for color fastness as well. They have tested even a Sharpie marker on it [with no bleed through] but they opted not to make that the official, approved pen for the paper.
Most people would hang this paper and work on the design on the wall...I have a textured wall so you should consider it when deciding what you'll be doing.
The guys suggested going side to side with the paper to get a perfect even line since we were stopping mid wall. Probably not the best idea in the end as it was difficult to manage and hang. Gravity is your friend.
My final verdict...
I think we should have hung it top to bottom and it would have prevented some buckling that was evident in the sunlight the next day.
This is a great product for the A.R. folks in the house who can get it adhered perfectly to the wall [or those who don't mind imperfection], dorm rooms and kids [who already write on the wall]. Paper away!
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