We were hoping to share the second part of our upholstery alternatives today, but as we’re not quite finished yet we have another office project to share with you. If you saw our inspiration post last week then you may have noticed that one of the images featured Schumacher wallpaper.
I absolutely adore the birds & butterflies wallpaper – it brings the right amount of colour to a room without being overbearing. But, at over £200 a roll there was absolutely no way us DIYers would be using it in our office! I started looking around for alternatives and came across the Slatthult wall stickers at Ikea (link here). At only £8 for a packet, which contains 6 sheets, we figured we had nothing to lose by trying to recreate something similar ourselves. Obviously there are no butterfly stickers in the pack, but there are plenty of branches and birds!
We began in one corner of the room, and worked our way across the bottom:
We then began to work our way upwards, filling in gaps as we went. The stickers are really easy to apply, but as the branches are different shapes and sizes it can be a bit fiddly working out where they fit best – as you can see from the lighting in these next photos, it was bright and sunny when we started, and early evening by the time we were done!
Once the majority of the wall was covered with branches we cut the stickers into smaller pieces to fill the gaps. It was quite tough going reaching the top of the wall (Simon did the majority of that) and we did occasionally have to remove and replace pieces to remove air bubbles, but as the stickers are reusable it really wasn’t too much trouble. Once we were satisfied with the wall, we stuck a small amount of birds onto the branches. We had tons left – there are 4 per sheet, but I only wanted a small smattering of colour.
Since then we’ve moved my desk back in, which I think pops out pretty well with the pale grey walls and coloured birds. The room is slowly starting to come together now – but I really need to find an acrylic chair so I can actually work at the desk! Something might need doing with the tray as well – I’m thinking grey with a chevron base? Decisions, decisions, decisions!!