Back to School Desk Inspiration

  • August 24, 2016

No matter what grade you are in, having a functional desk is one of the keys to successful studying. From organization solutions to decoration ideas, let these work spaces serve as your back to school desk inspiration.

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This colorful desk complete with doughnut bulletin boards looks like the perfect place to get the creativity flowing.

via Paint the Gown Red

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Clipboard wall organizers are a great storage solution for a small desk area or dorm room.

from Hawthorne and Main via Tatertots and Jello

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This rolling cart keeps all of those school books organized and within reach no matter where you go in the house!

via Clean and Scentsible

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A wall-length desk is the perfect homework spot for the whole family.

via Right Where We Are

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DIY crate shelves are an adorable way to keep the clutter off of your desk.

via Joann Fabric and Craft

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This teen’s desk is equally playful and grown up. Display photos using colored washi tape for added fun!

via Flying House


Happy studying! :)

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Classroom Decorating Ideas

  • April 29, 2016

Many school classrooms leave much to be desired in way of design, but luckily it’s nothing a little inspiration can’t fix! Even if you aren’t allowed to make major changes to your classroom, there are plenty of non-permanent solutions that you can incorporate into your teaching space.

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These inspirational decals can be applied to walls, doors or white boards and remove without any damage to the surface!

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Bulletin boards are a must in the classroom, so why not make yours adorable? Burlap and a cute border go a long way!

via Smitten with First

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Small items in a classroom can become cluttered very quickly. Get creative by up cycling items into storage containers for small classroom supplies.

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Get your students to think globally with this world map wall decal. Printed on adhesive vinyl fabric, this decal is more durable than a paper map and can be repositioned many times.

via Wallums.com

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Turn that boring filing cabinet into a functional and beautiful part of your classroom.

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Your students will beg to read in this adorable reading nook :)

via Grillo Designs

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Give your students the sweetest reading nook ever by incorperating soft fabrics.

via Twodaloo

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Light blue paint and a gallery wall give this classroom a cozy feeling.

via Just a Night Owl


Take your classroom to the next level with some of these fresh decorative updates!

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Small Entryway Solutions

  • July 08, 2015

When you walk into your front door is there a space to drop off your purse, keys, coats and shoes? If you’re feeling that your entryway is too small to make functional, these spaces will be sure to inspire you to update your entryway this weekend!

shelf-shoes-after-683x1024If you want to keep your shoes off the ground, Fresh Crush has a modern solution! This copper shoe rack is a great option to keep your small entryway organized as well as not too crowded! By also hanging a floating shelf and a key rack, you are able to store all your items in one space without taking up too much space.

 

cathy and tony-3Do you live in a cold climate that has you putting on and taking off your jacket when you come home? A line of hooks are a necessity! Apartment Therapy features this cozy house that utilizes a small space in a very smart and practical way. Also, did you know that hanging a mirror in a small space makes it feel bigger? Give it a try.

 

df5b9cec735996fbc0533ead02b60bf7Create a rustic entryway by using old crates, reclaimed wood boards and hooks! A Beautiful Mess transformed her entryway by stacking a few crates and hanging a few photos to add a personal touch to it. This space can easily be changed with the seasons, so when the rain boots and scarfs go away, flip flops and sun hats can take their place.

 

jordan-ferney-apartment-san-francisco-small-apartment-tips-hallwayDo you have a little one in your home? Teach them the importance of keeping their space clean by hanging hooks at their height. This will teach them to be responsible for their own items as well as being able to reach their things when they’re ready to leave the house.

 

bob120231-004An alternative to hooks are knobs! They do the exact same thing and add a bit of a modern and sleek look to your wall. Another great feature to this entryway by Det Dia, is the small hanging cubbies. Out of sight, out of mind is a great way to go when you’re trying to keep a low profile entryway.

 

MichaelDiamondBrooklynTownhouse20Do you have a cumbersome wall heater in the way? A great way to work around this issue is to hang a floating shelf! Desire To Inspire did not allow their heater win and is still able to store tons of easy access items in their entryway with the addition of this shelf.

 

488fb681babf4cbc89fd64d2c1c4d5cc This entryway incorporates everything we’ve touched on into one space! Hooks, baskets, floating shelf, and stacked crates. By keeping everything tucked against the wall, this organized space can be executed in almost any narrow area.


There are so many ways to design your entryway to make the most out of your small space. We hope that these gorgeous spaces have inspired you to re-think your space and get to re-arranging this weekend!

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Small Kitchen Solutions

  • July 06, 2015

Is your kitchen lacking in the space department? These storage solutions will help keep your kitchen organized, clean and looking fresh!

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Are your spices taking up too much space in your cupboard? Why not create this magnetic spice rack that will free up tons of storage space and will create a fun surprise when you open the cupboard!

 

pocket organizer1When you’re looking under your sink, you probably don’t have much organization down there… (Out of sight out of mind, right?). By using a shoe organizer for under the sink storage, you will be able to free keep things off the ground and be able to find things much easier!

 

DSC_0849Another great option for inner cabinet door storage is by rolling out some cork board and adding a few lightweight hooks. Here you can hang measuring cups/spoons, your favorite recipes and even pictures. This allows for easy access to items that you hate digging around for.

 

baking-sheet-organizationWho else has all their baking sheets piled on top of each other on a bottom cupboard. I know I certainly do! Two Twenty One uses an office paper sorter that allows for plenty of storage for tons of baking sheets!

 

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Is a knife block taking up precious counter space? Then create your own Rustic Knife Wall Rack! This project will allow for an easy solution to knife storage and looks pretty cool at the same time!

 

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A peg board can be used in any room of your house—including your kitchen! Apartment Therapy offers a step-by-step guide on how to execute this space saving project in an afternoon!

 

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Another option for inner cabinet door storage is to use a chalkboard decal, chalk and some easy to hang hooks! This clever DIYer listed all the measuring equivalents to make baking THAT much easier! If you’re not much of a baker, write any important information that is relevant to you and your cooking habits.


 

We hope that these storage saving solutions will inspire you to clean and organize your kitchen this week! It’s always more enjoyable to cook in a sleek, organized space!

 

 

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Installing a Tree Wall Decal using Center Hinge Method

  • January 19, 2015

Some of the most popular items that leave our shop are our line of Tree Decals. Perfect for nurseries, living rooms, or bedrooms they add a unique touch to any room’s decor and instantly catch the eye of all who enters.

Our latest video demonstration describes the steps for installing a multiple piece tree decal, or any multiple piece decal for that matter using our center hinge method again.

Although not hard to do, multiple piece decals and trees can require more time to get all of the pieces installed. Because all of the leaves are placed by hand, it allows for your design to be entirely unique to your creativity. So grab a friend for help and have fun with your new project!

Take a look!

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Wall Decal Installation Using Center Hinge Method

  • January 13, 2015

     Whether you are new to installing wall decals or a pro, this step by step Center Hinge Method video demonstration will have you feeling confident to tackle any decal project!

     We’re frequently asked “How easy is it to install a decal?” The answer is “pretty darn easy”, but just like any other DIY project, the bigger you go the more time, steps, and extra hands can be required.


After years of experience, Wallums owners Michelle and Steve here could probably do this in their sleep! But after your first try, you’ll be pretty impressed how much you learn and remember for the next time around. Although mistakes can happen, by watching this video or by carefully reading your installation instructions pageyou will significantly reduce the likelihood of an amateur move.

Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions be sure to send them to info@wallums.com!

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A Global Backpacker Bedroom Reveal With Wallums Decals

  • September 04, 2014

It’s always exciting when a Wallums Decal leaves our shop and goes home to creative design minds like Jeran’s of Oleander and Palm. What starts out as just pieces of vinyl on a sheet of wax paper, soon gets transformed into amazing displays of art work like in her latest Global Backpacker Bedroom Makeover.

Like every good design project, there are many steps to take and planning involved. Shown below, every item for this bedroom was carefully selected and thought out. We could hardily wait to see what Jeran had planned when we saw that image of our World Traveler Decal among the other items included in the bedroom project!

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Wallums Wall Decor: World Traveler Map Decal | Oleander and Palm

Once Jeran received our decal she followed the instructions perfectly by taping off the corners of the decal to install it in sections. We know it’s easy to get excited and want to rush through things, but trust us when we say (and Jeran might agree) to take your time reading through the instructions and video before installing it!

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Since we rarely ever get to know what our customers have in store for their new Wallums decal, the final results always blows us away when a photo is shared. The end results of this project definitely made us very proud! The map was a great addition to this backpacking, outdoorsy themed big boy room.

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World Traveler Map by Wallums Wall Decals | photo by Oleander and Palm

Be sure to check out the rest of the photos from this adorable makeover, and all of Jeran’s amazing design projects at Oleander and Palm and Instagram!

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Bathrooms and Decals: Do the two work together?

  • July 02, 2014

If you ever had questions about if your Wallums decal could be applied to your tile, walls, or other surfaces in your bathroom the answer is yes!

Take a look at a these two projects from Roeshel, blogger at DIYShowOff.com using our Bath Wall Decal, and my very own trial at home!

DIY Show Off Featuring Wallums Wall Decals

DIY Show Off Featuring Wallums Wall Decals

Roeshel was very clever with her installation! Shown here installed on a piece of scrap wood that was sanded and destressed, her decal is now a unique bath sign that can be moved from wall to wall when some re-arranging and re-decorating is needed.

Bathroom Decor Using Wallums Decals

Bathroom Decor Using Wallums Decals

Want to try this project for yourself? Take a look at the step by step process of her DIY decal project here.

Fun Ducky Bathroom Decor

Fun Ducky Bathroom Decor

Curious myself, I decided to give it a go at installing a decal in my own home! If you have children who love bath time, this Family Of Ducks Wall Decal is the perfect addition to a kid friendly bathroom.

Aligning Your Decal

Aligning Your Decal

It is important to be absolutely sure where you would like to place your decal. Using tape such as clear packaging tape or blue painters tape, hold up your decal design before installing it and stand back to get a better idea of how it will scale on your wall or desired surface. For once the decal is finally installed, it is there to stay! The vinyl material is not meant to be reapplied again, and may stretch and lose its adhesive once removed.

The Problems With Grout

The Problems With Grout

First things first, be sure your bathroom walls and tile are clean and completely dry before you begin.  Second, I would suggest to be careful where the edges of your decal apply on tile for as I learned in this project, vinyl is not compatible with rough surfaces such as grout and will have difficulty adhering properly. Silly me, my poor little ducky heads were placed right on the grout line and started to peel off. Luckily though the rest of their bodies adhered perfectly, and they have remained stuck to my bathtub tiles after many, many showers!

So there you have it! These two projects prove that no room in your home is off limits when it comes to installing your wall decals!

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The Possibilities With Vinyl Chalkboard Labels!

  • April 29, 2014

Here at Wallums we have some fabulous chalkboard vinyl that we use for many of our fun kids room and nursery themed designs. But we realized that there can be many uses for this material, such as labels for jars and other items!

Since I’ll be hosting a Bridal Shower this coming weekend, I thought it would be a great idea to try out these labels for the mason jars and big drink container I recently found at our town’s local Antique Fair.

Crayola Drawing Chalk

Crayola Drawing Chalk

To get started, I used our larger size labels, a set of Crayola Drawing Chalk and a white Chalk Ink Marker.

 

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Chalk Ink Marker

 

This marker is easy to use, just shake well, press down on the tip to get the ink started, and it’s ready to go!

 

Mason Jars and Chalkboard Decal Labels

Mason Jars and Chalkboard Decal Labels

 

Mason jars are incredibly in style for weddings, parties, and to store household items. Using our chalk ink marker, these jars are clearly labeled to distinguish the different kitchen pantry items. Although these jars had some design on them, the label still adhered over the indents without trouble. Just be sure that the edgers are completely pressed down so no moisture gets underneath.

 

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Use Labels To Write Names Or Other Fun Messages Onto Drinking Glasses

 

Worried people will get their glasses mixed up at your party? We have a solution to that problem! Have your guests write their names or a message on their glass to tell them apart, whether its a mason jar or wine glass.

 

Chalkboard Labels On Drinking Containers For A Shower Or Wedding

Chalkboard Labels On Drinking Containers For A Shower Or Wedding

 

These labels can go onto just about anything! You saw how well it worked on glass, and here it is stuck onto my antique porcelain container that can be used for serving water, iced tea, or yummy Sangria!

 

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This label was written on with the drawing chalk, and just like writing on a regular old chalkboard, I found it best to trace over the words once or twice to thicken the font. You don’t have worry about creating indents on the vinyl either, as I applied plenty of pressure with the chalk multiple times.

 

Bridal Shower Decor With Chalkboard Labels

Bridal Shower Decor With Chalkboard Labels

 

Have fun with your labels! Change up the font style and draw little designs on it to show off your creativity!

 

Iced Tea Container

Iced Tea Container

 

Whether indoors or outdoors, these labels are visible in any setting!

 

How To Clean The Chalkboard Label

How To Clean The Chalkboard Label

 

And when you’re ready to clean it off, simply use a damp towel, sponge, or napkin and rub!

 

Washed Mason Jar and Label

Washed Mason Jar and Label

 

These labels are much more durable than I gave them credit for at first. Not only can you remove them multiple times and reapply them if it comes out crooked, but they can get wet and will still hold to the item! I wouldn’t put them through the dish washer, but I was able to hand wash it and dry off without any trouble. The label comes out looking new again without a trace of the chalk or chalk marker!

Needless to say, I am super stoked about these labels and have my head spinning with ideas of where to place them next!

 

 

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