Wow guys, it’s been a while hey?
Some of you may know that I’m currently spending most of my time over at Woven Whimsy (if you haven’t yet, please head over, check it out and give it some love). This little blog has been on my mind recently, because I often still think of things that I’d like to share with you. Which brings me to the reason why I’m here today. A few weeks ago, the lovely people from Photowall contacted me to find out if I’d like to try out one of their products. Initially I didn’t think that it was going to work out, mainly because we live in an old house that has bumpy “popcorn” walls that are impossible to wallpaper. But then I checked out their website, and my reaction was “Oh my goodness I need to find a smooth wall somewhere because their products are absolutely gorgeous.”
Friends, you have no idea how much I wanted to order all of their wallpapers, because, just have a look at some of them:
Fortunately I realised that we have smooth walls in our new outdoor office/work space. But how does one decide on a design (especially when there are more than 5000 options)? I wanted something that would be fairly neutral and timeless. After many hours of trawling their website, I finally decided on the Tropical Plants pattern.
And then comes the impressive bit: after ordering our wallpaper, it took just 4 days to arrive in Cape Town from Sweden. Yes, you read that right. I ordered on the Thursday and it arrived on the Monday. Crazy.
Once our wallpaper had arrived I had another brilliant idea – why not put it up in our family bathroom? But I need to insert a bit of a disclaimer here: it is generally not advised to put up wallpaper in bathrooms, because of the obvious issues with steam, damp etc. But I decided to go with it anyway, since this bathroom is very well ventilated, and generally doesn’t get too steamed up.
And then came the interesting bit, the installation. I have to admit that it was initially a bit daunting, but fortunately Photowall had a super helpful how-to video which made the process look pretty easy.
And, my friends, it was surprisingly easy. I managed to wall paper a large wall in our bathrooom in 3 hours. And I’m completely in love with the result. We opted for the “premium” wallpaper which has a beautiful, smooth finish (Evan stood next to it for about 10 minutes, just rubbing his hands over it and exclaiming how nice it felt).
I’m completely thrilled with the result, it has transformed our bathroom from a pretty drab, neutral place to a tropical paradise. I don’t have much experience with wallpaper and the application thereof, but the service and quality from Photowall has been incredible.
Here’s the “before” pic:
And here’s the “after”:
Before you embark on your wallpaper adventure, here are a couple of tips:
- DO buy the premium wallpaper option.
- DO buy the wallpaper assembly kit which provides all the tools that you’ll need for the installation (it’s an option when you check out)
- DO start off with a simple wall if you’re a newbie (i.e. one that is rectangular or square) – the steps around our bath were quite tricky.
- DO believe in yourself, it’s easier than it looks!
For my South African readers, I’m aware that the exchange rate doesn’t do us any favours, but I can honestly say that you won’t regret purchasing from Photowall. To make things even better, I have a discount code for you! Use the code thingsdeeloves2021 to get 25% off any product from the Photowall website. The code is only valid until the 1st of April though, so don’t take too long to decide on your design!
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