Leen the Graphics Queen Giveaway and Installing Wall Vinyl

I had the opportunity to meet Leen the Graphics Queen last week when she, her husband and her two sweet boys were in town. We met at Monkey Joe’s (an inflatable playground) and our boys had a fun and energetic afternoon playing together. If you haven’t heard of Leen, she is widely known in the decorating blog circles as the go-to gal for wall decals and vinyl. She helped Layla & Kevin install an ENTIRE wall of words for a beach cottage makeover.

Beautiful, don’t you think?!

I asked Leen to make me a custom quote for our bedroom wall, the one where I had agonized over what phrase to put. After months of thinking about quotes, one came to me and I knew it was the quote for us. You see Pretty Handy Guy and I are HUGE Dave Matthews Band fans, and this lyric has special meaning to us:

Leen sent me a few samples of vinyl colors to help me decide. I fell in love with the silver vinyl which changes color depending on the lighting and where you are standing in the room (as shown above.)

If you’ve never installed vinyl before, it isn’t terribly difficult, but it does help to know a few tricks of the trade. Here is how I learned to install vinyl (back in the days when I worked for the sign and banner company):

Materials:

  • Wall decal
  • Level
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Painter’s tape
  • Old gift card
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Installing a Wall Quote:

Start by hanging your vinyl (front, lettering, backing and all) on the wall using painter’s tape to hold it. Adjust the location until you like where the decal will rest.

Set a level up against the bottom of the middle line of text. Adjust the placement of your decal until the type is level.

Draw a level horizontal line across the paper and let the line extend slightly onto the wall. Make a vertical line that is plumb (level up and down) and be sure to extend your line slightly off the paper and onto the wall.

You should now have intersecting lines that run vertical and horizontal on your wall graphic and four small tick marks extending onto the wall.

Remove your wall quote and lay it on a flat surface. Begin to remove the opaque shiny backing paper (it may have a grid or lettering on it.)  Your decal should stick to the clear semi-transparent sticky sheet that was on top of the quote. If some letters come up, simply lay the paper back down and rub it firmly with the gift card and try again.

Continue peeling off the backing paper.

Be careful not to touch any of the lettering (or they can stick to your fingers and won’t remain in proper placement.)

You are now looking at your lettering in reverse on a sticky sheet. Good job, the hard part is over. Well, almost over.

Carefully pick up your quote and turn it so the sticky side faces your wall. Line up your lines with the tick marks still on the wall being VERY CAREFUL not to rest the sticky paper onto the wall. (If it accidentally sticks, carefully pull it off being sure that the letters come off with the sticky paper.)

When all four tick marks are lined up with your horizontal and vertical lines, gently press your decal down. Starting from the center, rub your hand from the center out to the edges to adhere the quote and the sticky paper to your wall.

Lightly spray water all over the sticky paper. This will loosen the sticky paper and release the vinyl decal.

Use your gift card to burnish (sign shop lingo) the letters onto the wall. Use firm pressure and be sure to rub all the letters with the card.

Carefully begin to peel the sticky paper off the wall. If the letters start to peel off with the paper, lay the paper back down over that letter and rub your finger on top of the paper to press the letter back onto the wall.

When the paper backing has been removed. Erase your tick marks.

Now stand back and admire your new wall quote!

Thank you Leen for helping me complete my bedroom makeover! I LOVE IT!

AND NOW, for some more giveaway fun! Leen the Graphics Queen has offered to giveaway one $50 gift certificate to use at her online store.

Take a few minute to browse through some of her beautiful decals in her website.

Some of my favorites are:

Home Decor Accents

Trees and Flowers

Here is how you can enter to win!   Sorry this giveaway has ended.

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I would probably buy a tree decal for the nursery.

  2. I follow you and would love to win!

  3. I follow Leen the Graphics Queen!

  4. I tweeted my love for the Graphics Queen!

  5. Sarah T. says:

    Love this! Love you! Love how you walk us by everything step by step!
    Kudos.

  6. Wow! How to choose? But I love all of the monkeys jumping on the bed decals the best I think. :-)

  7. I follow with GFC!

  8. I’m a follower from GFC.

  9. i follow you via google friend connect

  10. I posted giveaway on facebook

  11. definitely would love the canister decals and one of the trees.

  12. Love the tree and chandelier designs! Would be a fun detail in our master bedroom.

  13. Good morning!! How exciting :0) Of course you know Im a long time follower/lover/blog stalker!!

    Have a great day!

  14. Just Tweeted about the giveaway!

    Thank you again

  15. BAM! That was the sound of my posting this on Facebook :0)

  16. OOOOOHHHHHH, this is awesome, first of all I am already a follower of you Pretty Handy Girl, and if I won, I would first of all order the Laundry saying as that is one of my new projects I am going to be tackling, it is in my garage and I am going to make it an extension of my home with paint and pictures, what this would do is awesome, and then I would order a special name for my sewing studio….

  17. We’re following Leen on her Twitter page as well!

  18. Hmmmmmm….Im torn between the house/door number and the Welcome. Definately one of those! Soooooo cute :0)

  19. I follow you!

    scissorsandawhisk(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. I think I’d buy the canister decals for flour, sugar, etc.!

  21. I follow with Google Friend Connect! :)

  22. I’d definitely get the “Life’s a Beach Enjoy the Waves” decal with some other beachy stuff, too! :)

  23. I love vinyl lately. Just need to have some show up in my home now :) I follow you. I would love the front door number decal and likely the one about He follows the sparrow…love ;)

  24. Great giveaway Brittany!
    I follow you via GFC

    ~Jenna

  25. I follow Leen on Facebook
    ~Jenna

  26. I follow Leen on Twitter!
    ~Jenna

  27. Anna Marie Penix says:

    I love the dandelion decal….for the hallway, with family photos.

  28. I tweeted about the giveaway!
    ~Jenna

  29. I shared the giveaway on my facebook page ~
    http://www.facebook.com/sasinteriors
    ~Jenna

  30. If I won, I would love the chalkboard vinyl tags for home organization!
    ~Jenna

  31. I would love the front door number decal!

  32. I posted on twitter…
    http://twitter.com/#!/Gunsmom05

  33. you bet I follow you!!

  34. Sandy A says:

    Ihave been reading your blog for quite awhile, and now I am an official follower…

  35. Sandy A says:

    I would choose one of the vinyls with trees and birds or the dandelion–love that…

  36. Seychelle says:

    After seeing these beautiful graphics, I started following Leen!

  37. Seychelle says:

    If I won the gift certificate I would buy the Welcome decal for my front door, the three panel leaves, and the “shell in your pocket, sand in your shoes!” decal. I LOVE them!!

  38. I am already a follower and would LOVE to win something from Leen! :)

  39. I would have to pick the “Whatever our souls are made of” quote from Wuthering Heights (Bronte). Love, love, love that quote!

  40. Sharon L says:

    I follow you through GFC!

  41. Sharon L says:

    I would get the “Love Returns” Vinyl Wall Decal and I simply adore your Dave Matthews quote!

  42. Marie Moore says:

    I follow her on Facebook. :)

  43. Marie Moore says:

    Tree!!!! I want a tree! :)

  44. I “friended” using Google.

  45. SheilaG says:

    I follow you via GFC.

  46. SheilaG says:

    I’m a fb fan of LTGQ

  47. SheilaG says:

    updated my fb status!

  48. I’d love to get the wildflowers.

  49. Andrea Skeens says:

    I follow you.

  50. Andrea Skeens says:

    If I win the giveaway I think I would get the Emily Bronte quote, which is so sweet, and one of the birds & trees graphic. They all look really good, though.

  51. Amber Waite says:

    I follow Leen The Graphics Queen on Facebook, I have bought 3 wall decals from her. I love her work.

  52. Amber Waite says:

    If I win the gift certificate I think I would buy my sons names to put in there rooms.

  53. i might like to get the birds in the forest set!

  54. So hard to choose! Love the ones with the birdies, monkeys jumping on the bed. Hmmmm!

  55. Sharon L says:

    I updated my facebook status! I would LOVE to win this! We moved into a rental last month and the master bedroom is in dire need of some personalization!

  56. I follow you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  57. I am now following Leen the Graphics Queen!

  58. Wow! she has such a great selection of decals…I really do love them all. I think I like the canister lables, the Trust in the Lod scripture, the crab shack decal or the scalloped shape personalized monogram. I also like the birds! Thanks for this giveaway!!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  59. I love the look of that cherry blossom one.
    Your quote finishes off the dandelions nicely too, I think!

  60. I follow her on facebook, and went to her site and found the chalkboard decals and ordered a set. So many cute things, really like the tree graphics, the dandelions blowing in the wind are cute too.

  61. I would probably buy a tree decal for my daughter’s room

  62. I follow you via email and Google!

  63. This is so odd, but since going to church on Sunday, I’ve had the music for the response, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” playing in my head. Guess that means that if I were to win (please!), I’d choose that! But, gee, I’m still working on my sewing room in hot pink and black, so I also love the sewing decals — that would be one way to get the dressmaker’s form I’d like…

  64. I follow you via feedburner!

  65. I follow Lena on her blog

  66. I follow Lena on her facebook

  67. I would use this on my kiddos room, we are repainting it and need to redecorate it.

  68. Bonnie P says:

    I love the birds with nest in tree and the chalk labels. But I like even more then that.

  69. Bonnie P says:

    I follow you…yeah!

  70. I really love the ‘Cute Owl in Tree Vinyl Wall Decal’. Will eventually have a nursery/office to decorate (our little guy is due in 3 weeks, no rush!) and this would be fun to have next to/above the crib.

  71. I follow you on here via Google Friend Connect!

    mojomamamblog *at* rocketmail *dot* com

  72. I follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

  73. I posted on Facebook!

  74. I love the monkeys jumping on the bed decal!!

  75. I’m a follower on gooogle.

  76. I like the sugar and flour etc. one’s – would like to label our own.

  77. I would select The Road Less Traveled … :-)

  78. shannon thompson says:

    follow you gfc
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    darkgothdoll@hotmail.com

  79. shannon thompson says:

    follow Follow Leen gfc

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  80. shannon thompson says:

    follow @GraphicsQueen

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  81. shannon thompson says:

    like Leen the Graphics Queen on fb

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  82. shannon thompson says:

    i would get the Personalized Princess Castle Vinyl Wall Decal we have been looking for one for our little girls room and this is just perfect i love how it is personalized.

    thanks for the giveaway

    darkgothdoll@Hotmail.com

  83. shannon thompson says:
  84. Already following you viw google friend connect

  85. Michaela says:

    I am a follower via FeedBurner and LOVE IT!

  86. Michaela says:

    I now follow Leen the Graphics Queen on Facebook!

  87. Michaela says:

    I would buy the Three panel leaves and branches wall decal with the gift certificate! And that was a VERY hard decision…sooooo many cute ones!

  88. Tweeted

  89. Sharon L says:

    I follow Leen on facebook as well!

  90. Following with GFC

  91. I’m following Leen’s blog now!

  92. Don’t know how I missed this post, but glad I came across it. I love this stuff, but I’m wondering – do your walls have to be smooth to use these decals? All of my walls are knock-down texture…

  93. Susan Bryant says:

    follow you via GFC!

  94. Susan Bryant says:

    follow Leen’s blog via GFC & subscribed to her emails!

  95. Susan Bryant says:
  96. Susan Bryant says:
  97. Susan Bryant says:

    I think I would probably buy the Two Birds on Tree Branch Vinyl Wall Decal but I can’t say for sure because I love the quotes on her website too! Decisions, decisions……I guess I have to win before I fret over what I will pick for sure!

  98. following Leen via twitter

  99. posted on facebook

  100. There are too many to choose from and every one of them is beautiful. I will probably choose from wall words and sayings.

  101. updated my FB

  102. I’d buy one of our last name for the living room and maybe a quote for the bedroom. it would look amazing with my newly painted walls!

  103. Feedburner – It would take me a while to make a choice, there’s so many.

  104. Already a follower!! Add me in please!

  105. I follow you via Google. :-)

  106. I follow you on FB too :-)

  107. I would love the whimsical tree with the owl for the playroom that I am conquering (um, redoing) this summer. Already have the paint and furniture. Just gotta get to it and add the details…

  108. How exciting! I’m a GFC follower.

  109. I like LtheGQ on FB

  110. I follow you with Google Friend Connect

  111. I would love to get the “Huge Tree Blowing in the Wind” but would be totally happy to get the “Flower Tree in the Wind” with the addition of a little bit of my own $. Thanks for a chance to win.

  112. I follow you!

  113. I am now following Leen!

  114. Posted on FB!!

  115. Man, I don’t think I can pick just one that I would want to get….however, I must say that I’m really liking the house address/number for the front door.

  116. I just found your blog & started following you. (I’m lovin it!) I would love to win “Home where the happiest memories are mad” decal

  117. I would likely get the three initials monogram for over my bed and over my daughters bed if I were lucky enough to win!

  118. I’m a follower! (I think with GFC)

  119. Tweeted!

  120. I’ve always loved her “Dandelions Blowing in the Wind” decal, and would put it in our guest room. Perhaps with a cool quote about hopes and wishes!

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