I would like to get something out of the way before I start this post, it’s a confession…I am NOT a big DIY person, so when I was offered the Jungle Bedroom in a Box from Dulux to test out, it was with some trepidation that we agreed, as a family, to go ahead and undertake our DIY challenge of making Stuntboy’s bedroom something special.
I figured that if a jungle bedroom fits in a box, then even I should be capable of taking it out of the box and putting it on the wall effectively…or at least without too much trauma.
It isn’t so threatening now is it?
Even I can manage this, right? The Bedroom in a Box contains:
- 12-piece Jungle Mural
- Dulux Matt 2.5L Willow Tree
- Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood 750ml Jasmine White
- Polycell Maximum Strength Wallpaper Adhesive
We had designs on adding the lovely Jungle wallpaper behind our son’s bed because, in his words:
“I want to have a cave in my jungle.”
Stuntboy is lucky enough to have a tent under his mid-sleeper bed, and the tent makes a perfect “cave” for him to spy on jungle animals in his bedroom. It isn’t where we thought we were going to put it, but really, that doesn’t matter – the bedroom is meant to fire their imagination.
A wonderful detail in the mural is that all the animals in the picture have been given names. My two children loved working out who was who before the jungle mural went up, and got excited every time a new animal was added! Stuntboy was particularly excited about being able to sleep next to Ellie and Trunky the elephants…
First things first, though. We had to strip the wallpaper that was already on his wall…we managed this with a little bit of help from a few blogger friends whom I turned to for advice. We hadn’t stripped wallpaper before, either of us.
Much thanks go to Love Chic Living, Mummy Alarm, Older Single Mum, Boo, Roo and Tigger Too and Plus 2.4 for the information, below is the quick summary of what we did in case you are a bit like me, and in need of help.
How to strip wallpaper easily
This is rough instructions on how to get the wallpaper off, as long as it’s simple vinyl stuff, and not the hideous type that you need napalm to remove as suggested by Keynko…
- Apply soapy water to the wall evenly
- Allow to soak for a few moments
- Scrap off with a wallpaper stripping tool, which you should be able to get easily from a local DIY store
- Repeat if the second layer of paper is being stubborn
- Peel off, usually with the help of small people because they find this bit fun (and they don’t get under your feet at all – much)
- Go make yourself a diet coke, and look at the work you have done
- Go lie down because you have a backache, and really need to get to the gym more.
If the wallpaper is stubborn, you can use a steamer. Thankfully, we didn’t need one of these and managed fine without.
Do be careful to test the steamer on a small area first, just in case the plaster behind is weak, and wetting it gives you cracks. Also, it is advisable to scour the wallpaper first, so that the steam can penetrate to the adhesive underneath more easily.
Once the wallpaper was sorted, we left it for a day before putting the mural up and using the green paint. I was in charge of painting, and my husband, quite rightly given my DIY-challenged nature, took charge of managing the mural.
In the end, the mural wasn’t too hard to put up, despite having to cut it down with a Stanley knife to fit our wall. Remember when you are doing this too insure you measure things properly otherwise you will end up making mistakes like I did *knew I shouldn’t have tried*
My other half is much more practical with these things so hung the mural according to the instructions on the pack. *good plan*
These were clear. THE most important point is to make sure you allow the pieces to overlap to give them a chance to contract after drying. If you use wallpaper paste to put them up, then drying causes the paper to expand and you need to allow for this otherwise your lovely mural will have gaps within it. *not a good look for a giraffe*
After putting up the kids mural, we have learnt a few things too, so here are a few tips….
Top 10 (ish) tips for putting up a kids mural
- Make sure you don’t have a cat in the room trying to climb in the paste bucket
- Mix the wallpaper paste quickly to avoid getting lumps
- Make sure you have a flat surface to evenly apply paste to the back of the mural
- If you are using your kids play table as a make-shift workbench, do not leave toys under it. You do not want to paste a play mobile character to the wall in error
- Overlap your mural panels as instructed
- Don’t let incompetent bloggers measure the length of your mural. They will get it wrong and you will have to fix it…patiently
- Leave a few hours to get the job done
- Depending on your panel size and design, murals are usually best put up top row first from left to right and then along the bottom from left to right. Check your instructions for what order is best for the design you are using
- Allow time for paint to dry near your final panels. Paint these walls first and extend under the edges of where the mural is to be placed for a cleaner finish *voice of experience*
- Cut out the light and plug sockets after putting up the paper, but be gentle when you are cutting or leave it to dry slightly first
- Be patient and whatever you do, don’t ask your kids to help hold the paper in place. They will get far too easily distracted *oh look, a shiny thing*
It took a while, and a little work…but…
After all of that – we DID it. The bedroom out of the box, and the cave in our jungle!
What do you think?
Stuntboy and Chatterbox loved it. Within a few minutes of completing there was a menagerie under the bed in the cave, being introduced to the new animals in the house….
Within another hour, the kids were hunting elephants with a toy crossbow and arrows. I suspect that this breaks most conservation laws globally, so thankfully no elephants were harmed in the making of this mural. My pride was though…
It is a wonderful addition to Stuntboy’s room. I just wish that I was better at DIY so I could have helped my other half a bit more. I cooked, I painted, I helped entertain the kids, I stripped (no sniggering), and I did some pasting and a bit of cutting. However, I soon found he was best left to it, so not too many mistakes were made ;-)
The Jungle Bedroom in a Box retails at £70.00 on the Dulux website and is a good value product that has given my kids another dimension to their imaginative play. That can’t be a bad thing can it, despite my overall DIY incompetence, eh?
Further more, if you have a child that loves pink and princesses, there is also the Fairy Princess Bedroom option as well on the Dulux site. They are developing further products too, which will be released soon, including Sea Adventure, Peppa Pig, Avengers and Wall Art. There should be something for everyone.
Have you used Bedroom in a Box? What did you think? Do you have a kid’s mural? Any other tips for putting one up or for wallpaper stripping for that matter. We would love to hear from you; give us your tips below.
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