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There's A Hole In My Wall

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Jessica
02.28.12

Hang a chandelier in two easy steps: Peel and place. Chandelier decals are just one of the many vinyl wall art pieces popping up in magazines and on the web. Decals are en vogue, easy to use and inexpensive. For less than $30 you can bring the outdoors in, give the gift of an African safari, or enjoy the New York City skyline from the comfort of your Tennessee home.

Photo: PotandKettleStudios | Etsy

Before you place your decals, make sure your wall is clean and hole free. Most decals look best with a solid background wall, but remember, your wall doesn’t have to be white. Be creative, and try a bright color or even go black! If heavy picture frames graced the wall before your new decal, spackle and smooth the empty nail holes.

If there’s a hole in your wall, try these spackling tips before you paint:

- Don’t overfill a shallow hole and then sand the excess spackle to the surface. This common mistake takes too long to dry and may even crack. Instead, opt for a lightweight shrink-free type of spackle like Phenopatch and fill the hole little by little until it’s flush with the surface.

- If your hole is deeper than an inch, use a chemical setting compound like Sheetrock to fill the hole. After it’s dry, use spackle for the final coat. The chemical setting compound dries quicker than spackle and is less likely to crack.

- To avoid white spots showing through your finished paint, skip the primer. Most spackles don’t need to be primed because they are not as sensitive to re-wetting as drywall compounds. Instead of priming the area, be sure to remove all the sanding dust from the repair before painting. Simply vacuum the wall and then wipe it down with a soft cloth.

Check out these sites for more creative inspiriation: 

Urban Outfitters 

Another Sticker In The Wall

Berlin Hair Baby

eblander

Studio Apartment Design

2 Expert Design

Trend Interior Home

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