Thank you to Limitless Walls for working with us on this fun project.
Planked walls are all the rage lately. I recently added this look to my friend’s bedroom in about an hour and half! But we didn’t do it the traditional, laborious way using wood planks and paint. We used wallpaper! While wallpaper can offer such a unique personalized look in your home, for so long many people have shied away from using it due to the cost and commitment involved: in both installing it AND removing it! In fact, removing wallpaper that was not properly applied in all of my bathrooms has left such a strong impression on me, that I vowed not to use wallpaper in my own house!
However, my tune has changed with the abundance of new possibilities in removeable wallpaper! I am really impressed with the quality of this mural from Limitless Walls. First of all, it comes well packaged in a large roll that is pre-measured and cut for your own wall dimensions. For this wall, the mural came in 5 panels that we hung vertically. I expected the actual paper to be thin and even flimsy. I was surprised to find the mural is thick and substantial, the paper feels of a high quality, as if it will not easily tear or rip. It’s still very easy to work with, not unwieldy. It took two of us a little over an hour to install the ‘planked wall’.
Here are the steps we followed to change the look of a plain bedroom:
Prep the Wall
- Smooth out bumps and fill cracks in the wall
- Remove all switch plates and fixtures
- Clean the surface with a warm, damp towel
Install the Paper
- Measure and mark your desired spot
- Peel the backing a few inches away from the top of the paper
- Apply the exposed adhesive side of the mural to the wall and press down
- Peel the backing completely off the paper, smoothing it the wall, rub wrinkles out gently to the edge of the mural.
- Align the second panel with the first panel with a 0.5 in slight overlap, and continue steps above for all additional panels.
- Once the paper is adhered to the wall, cut away any excess material around ceilings, baseboards, edges.
What’s really great is this mural can be removed and reused (on the same sized wall) too! For this reason Limitless Walls suggests saving the liner backing that comes with the mural. This is a great solution for both those who rent and can’t modify walls, and those who just don’t want the work or hassle of installing wood planks. Limitless Walls provides a variety of patterns to choose from, stripes would be fun too since they are often a pain to paint. You can even have your own photo (say, from vacation) turned into a mural for a lovely, unique look in your home.
Are you ready to put some pattern on your walls? Use “OCD30” when ordering and you’ll receive 30% off!
Where do you even start when you need garage doors? Honestly, my first thought was a big box store [like Home Depot or Lowes’]. A little research produced results showing there are other companies that specialize in garage doors and all the needed accessories. We actually are familiar with a small business that services garage doors and their openers because we had our openers replaced a few years ago by that company. I didn’t realize that they also offered new doors too but once I realized that, we had them come out to give a quote to replace our two doors. To compare, we received two quotes. The second one was done by Aaron Overhead Doors.
Our garage doors were original to the house, meaning they were 30 years old and made up of a composite of some sort of MDF type of board and wood. The doors were not insulated and the tracks and springs, while serviced over the years, were also 30 years old. They had pretty much reached the end of their lifespan. During this process, I learned that garage doors need to be serviced when the weather changes. They should be oiled (not WD-40, with a garage door lubricant) and if they are properly maintained they can last 20 to 30 years. If they are not properly maintained, the lifespan shortens by half. I’m glad ours lasted as long as they did! They were still functioning but they were beginning to rot at the bottom near the concrete.
I was pretty impressed with the knowledge John, from Aaron Overhead Doors, shared on the initial visit. John came out and presented a thorough education on the types of construction for garage doors. The visit included taking pictures of our current situation and simulating a mock up picture of doors so we could see how our choice would look before installation. The visit lasted about thirty minutes and ended with a quote for replacing our 2 doors including all brackets, rollers, and springs.
Basically, you have four types of construction with garage doors:
- Single layer/Non Insulated/Pan Door
- Two layer/insulated/vinyl back door
- Three layer/insulated/sandwich door with polystyrene (On wider doors, it’s best to have a sandwich door because it’s double reinforced and less likely to crack)
- Three layer/insulated/sandwich door with polyurethane (this is sprayed in to fill the door)
Paint Colors We’ve Used