To celebrate National Wallpaper Week we have teamed up with Graham & Brown to showcase their creative wallpaper for children. Graham & Brown have a wide selection of kids decor. From wallpaper to framed art, wall murals to foam elements there are endless ways to decorate a child’s bedroom or playroom.
Since we moved into our house 5 years ago the third bedroom has been a dumping ground. Our wardrobes are in there and over time it has been filled with items that didn’t fit in the rest of the house. For some time we have wanted to redecorate the room and use it for Adams Sensory Processing Disorder therapy. His Sensory Diet requires some sizeable equipment such as a large swing. I shall write more about the contents of the room another time.
As Adam creates several craft activities as part of the blog as well as at Pre-School I opted to try the Taylor & Wood Black Frames wallpaper from the Graham & Brown website. The funky frames enables you to display your favourite photos, postcards and kids artwork on the wall. In addition your child can even draw directly onto the wallpaper. I loved the possibility of finally finding a way to showcase Adam’s artwork which could also be changed regularly.
The Frames wallpaper comes in a 10 metre roll. We were surprised by how thick the paper was. The weight of paper is substantial and the print is solid. As the frames are placed randomly across the paper you do not have to line up the paper when hanging it. This made the process of fitting it easier.
I have to admit I have never applied wallpaper to a room before. So I chickened out and brought in help in the form of my Mum aka Nana. She got straight to work filling in the holes left by my photograph hooks and the next day sanded them down so the wall was flat.
Our wonderful assistant helped to add the wallpaper adhesive to the water and stir it in. Obviously this task had to be completed whilst sitting in the boot of a toy car!
Nana used our dining table instead of a decorating table and laid out the first sheet of cut wallpaper. I find it such a strange concept that you cover the paper in paste then fold over the paper onto itself leaving it for 5 minutes whilst it absorbs the paste. Being folded also makes it much easier to carry. Luckily Graham & Brown have a variety of videos for you to watch with tips on how to wallpaper!
Unfortunately Nana had to overcome many hurdles with the first strip of wallpaper. The wall had a light switch, double plug socket, door frame and a beam running through the ceiling that all required Nana to cut the wallpaper to fit. The quality of the paper helped the process as it did not tear easily and responded well to being eased into place. The second sheet was easier to put up and then Nana was on a roll.
With a couple of hours break to take Adam to the doctors the process took about three hours. I am extremely pleased with the result. The Frames wallpaper brightens up the room and gives the playroom a strong focal point.
Adam is convinced that the frames are actually little doors and keeps knocking on them waiting for a fairy to enter the room.
Nana couldn’t resist trying out the wallpaper herself by adding our first drawing to one of the frames. As Adam associates Nana with the windmills near her house she drew one in a large frame. She was pleased to discover how easy it is to wipe off any mistakes with a damp cloth without leaving any marks. To remind her of her efforts she signed and dated the work.
Disclaimer: We were given the Frames Wallpaper from Graham & Brown to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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