Thursday, January 5, 2012

Design with Vinyl Review/Giveaway

I received one vinyl wall decal for the purpose of this review.  My thoughts are my own, and were not influenced by monetary compensation.

Design with Vinyl provides vinyl decals for walls with a VERY extensive selection of removable vinyl lettering/customization options for your home.

I have always been interested in a vinyl decal to see if they really were as easy to use as I had been hearing.  My package arrived very quickly, and I was excited to get right into setting it up.


I chose "Be The Change You Wish to See in the World"- for my review.  I think the message is great, and I love  the way it looks in our kitchen.

The process is very simple.  The quote (or whichever item you choose) is cut and placed on a background so only the letters or decoration remain once placed on the wall (no background mess).   They use a high quality removable vinyl - so you can remove it if you need to.

The decal even comes with a detailed set of instructions to help you, should you need it:
(information below provided via the design with vinyl website)



Step 1.  Preparing the graphic
Remove your graphic from the box and lay it face up (so that the lettering is readable in this 
position) on a clean, dry, flat surface. Using the application tool, rub the graphic as illustrated 
in the figure at right, working from the middle to the outside edge.  This will remove any wrinkles 
and ensure that the graphic is securely attached to the transfer tape.

Step 2. Preparing the wall surface
Prepare your wall for installation ensuring that it is free of dirt, wax, oils and moisture.  
Make sure walls are completely dry before applying your graphic.

Step 3.  Placing the graphic
Your eye will judge you’re graphic as being level by comparing it to the closest parallel line. 
This could be the top of a door jam or tabletop or perhaps the line where the wall meets the 
ceiling.  Therefore, you should measure each end of the graphic to that parallel line so that
 it will be level to the eye.  Center the graphic horizontally by making sure that each end is 
an equal distance from the ends of the space where it is to be placed. Then re-check to
make sure the you’re graphic is still parallel to the closest parallel line mentioned above.  
See the figure at right.  It illustrates putting a small piece of tape at each end of the graphic 
so that each is held in place as you adjust the other end. 

Step 4.  Hinging the graphic
Once the graphic is level, run a continuous line of painter’s tape across the top of the graphic
to secure it to the wall.  This tape forms a ‘hinge’ that secures your graphic in place while 
allowing you to lift it away from the wall in order to remove the backing paper.  

Step 5.  Removing the backing paper 
Lift the graphic up so that the backside of the backing paper is facing outward.  Hold the 
graphic in this position, and carefully remove the backing paper leaving only the graphic and 
the transfer tape.  On larger graphics it will be made easier by only lifting the backing paper 
half way and folding it in the middle.  This helps to hold the graphic uniformly away from the 
wall as the top part is laid to the wall. Then the balance of the backing paper can be removed 
a little at a time as the balance of the graphic is applied.   

Step 6.  Applying the graphic
Hinge the graphic back down, holding it away from the wall so as not to allow contact with the 
wall.  Using  a credit card or a plastic application tool, press the lettering on to the wall, 
smoothing the surface from top to bottom. See the figure at right.  Use a application tool to 
smooth the entire surface – again working from the middle to the outside edges.  

Step 7.  Removing the transfer tape
To reveal the finished graphic, work slowly from one of the corners and carefully peel back the 
transfer tape at an acute angle.   Do not pull the transfer tape straight out, as this could pull the
 lettering off at the same time.

Step 8.  Enjoy your new wall art!
It really was that simple for us.  The only issue we ran into, was that living in an apartment...the walls 
have been painted over quite a few times.  One of the rooms had the cheap flat paint in it, and it tried
 to peel off with the vinyl - so I recommend being careful on walls that have been repainted numerous 
times.  Once we moved the design to a different room, it worked perfectly and the graphic was clear and 
bold.  I really enjoyed using this product, and I think it makes a great addition.  
We placed ours in the kitchen, where it will get the most view in the home :) 
Design With Vinyl has also provided me with a $25 giveaway to their website! 
Winner chooses which graphic they would like up to $25!!! Thanks, Design with Vinyl! 
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