When Desires And Budgets Collide

I’ve to provide you with a unique plan for the again entry of my studio. The wallpaper concept isn’t an choice.

I spent hours this final weekend engaged on the wallpaper. As I’ve talked about a number of instances earlier than, I nonetheless plan on utilizing the wallpaper I designed for this room, however my mother and I did a bit of redesigning and tweaking of the design to lighten and brighten a number of the colours in order that the flowers (particularly the darkest purple flower) would nonetheless appear to be an precise flower from a distance relatively than a darkish purple blob. You possibly can see what I imply on the unique wallpaper right here…

However I additionally wished to have the design printed in order that the flowers are a lot bigger. It’s been fairly a course of looking for an organization that may print it like that. Nicely, as if Spoonflower was studying my thoughts, I acquired a advertising and marketing textual content from them final Friday with useful hyperlinks for inventive wallpaper concepts, and one of many hyperlinks was particularly about how you can flip a picture right into a wall mural and have it printed by them.

Their system actually isn’t arrange for printing murals, so you need to know how you can edit images utilizing Photoshop or one thing related, and how you can work round their printing course of. It’s positively not a course of for newbies, however for many who have expertise with Photoshop (or an analogous photograph editor), it’s doable.

So I spent a number of hours final weekend following their tutorial, enhancing my picture in order that it might work with their printing course of, and checking and double checking to make sure I had performed all the pieces proper.

Then after discovering a coupon on-line for 20% off (which was greater than their Memorial Day sale), I went to order. The mural for the lengthy wall with the cupboards got here to $414 earlier than the low cost, and $298 after the low cost. That appeared affordable for such an extended wall.

However the wallpaper for the again entry got here to $1564 earlier than the low cost, and $1126 after the low cost. That signifies that even with 20% off, all the wallpaper for each areas would come to only beneath $1500.

I got here very near clicking that Purchase Now button, however I simply couldn’t make myself do it. Spending $1500 on wallpaper simply isn’t one thing that I’d do, particularly when there are such a lot of different issues (like landscaping) that I might spend that cash on.

I don’t thoughts splurging on issues that I actually, really need. Shopping for a $2600 couch was a splurge for me. Spending $40,000 to transform a bed room into an accessible toilet that fits each Matt and me was positively a splurge. However $1500 on wallpaper isn’t one thing that pursuits me. I’d relatively put that cash in the direction of a rock border for my entrance flower beds, or lastly getting our carport lights put in and the ceiling completed.

I used to be disenchanted, however there are different points with wallpapering the again entry as nicely that made the choice to not purchase the wallpaper a bit simpler. I’ve been involved about how the wallpaper would final in that space. I’ve advised y’all earlier than, however our home is continually shifting and transferring all year long. That’s the ache of dwelling in a home constructed on a pier and beam basis. And one purpose that I’ve by no means used wallpaper in such a approach that it has to wrap round a nook on this home is as a result of as the home shifts, I might threat having wrinkled wallpaper within the corners.

I don’t have any wallpaper wrapped round corners in our home, however I do have a nook the place the precise drywall tape has wrinkled as the home has shifted all year long. You possibly can see it right here within the breakfast room nook. This drywall tape began off excellent once they initially put in and mudded the drywall. However it took lower than a yr for the whole nook, from from the ceiling to the ground, to wrinkle attributable to shifting.

It’s simply a type of issues that we owners in central Texas with pier-and-beam foundations need to take care of, together with cracked drywall.

If the value of wallpapering the again entry had been significantly much less, I in all probability would have taken the prospect with the home settling and shifting and doubtlessly having wrinkled wallpaper within the corners. But when I’m going to spend that a lot cash on one thing, I need to know that it’s going to final. And this space has already shifted sufficient in order that the lavatory door doesn’t shut completely prefer it did once I first put in the door. So it’s not a query of if this space would shift and transfer all year long. That’s a given. It could simply be a recreation of wait and see to see how badly the shifting would have an effect on the wallpaper, if in any respect.

So whereas I’m nonetheless transferring ahead with the mural for the lengthy entrance wall, I’m again to the drafting board for the again entry.

I actually don’t really feel all that disenchanted (solely mildly disenchanted, which is how I do know this isn’t one thing I’d think about splurging on), however I’m pissed off that I have to provide you with a brand new concept for this space once I thought that the choice was made, and had been planning for the lavatory primarily based on wallpapering this space. (Excuse the cobwebs. :-D)

And, in fact, my first thought was stripes…as a result of I like stripes. Y’all know that I’d paint stripes on each wall in my home if I believed I might get away with it.

So until I can provide you with a brand new and artistic concept, stripes would possibly make an look at this finish of the home on this again entry. I’ve three areas with stripes on the different finish of the home (hallway partitions, visitor bed room ground, and residential gymnasium partitions), so possibly bringing some stripes to this finish of the home would steadiness issues out! 😀