Monday, September 28, 2020

Transforming our home with wallpaper from Photowall of Sweden

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The start of my wallpaper installation courtesy of Photowall delivered to the Philippines direct from Sweden was on the 15th of September 2020.

I have to thank DHL for the swift delivery since the estimated arrival was actually on the 17th! Yet it was a surprise that it got to our home two days earlier.

Photowall is a brand all the way from Sweden. They sent the wallpaper along with a kit containing tools to install it.

The 20sqm wallpaper was installed at our other home in Montalban, Rizal. It took me 4 days but only because we had other tasks to do. The actual installation only took us two days, but it's also possible to install it within just one day if we dedicated our full time solely on it.

Surprisingly, the paste (a pack of powder paste mixed with 1 gallon of water) did not harden even after an overnight.

My chosen wallpaper theme for our newly renovated home in Montalban was "Native Tapestry". Paninindigan ko na ang pagiging Pambansang Blogger ko...hehehe.

I ended up choosing the Native Tapestry design to be consistent with my Philippine theme for Wazzup Pilipinas. The design looks and feels very close to home.

I patiently browsed through all 200 pages of wallpaper designs. I must admit this was not my first choice since I probably selected at least 10 favorites on my first browse, but after another browse, I finally decided on this.

It will be easier to work around with this design just in case I make a mistake in installation.

I chose the Premium quality which adds $3 per square meter to the standard cost. The Premium features an extra layer that gives it a matt finish. It is extra-resistant to scrapes and does not reflect sunlight.

Total cost for around 20 square meters of wallpaper is $696 (value in peso depends on the current dollar to peso conversion rate).

This amount already includes the wallpaper application kit that valued at $18. I ordered it separately during checkout. The kit is composed of a brush for applying glue, a seam roller for making the seams invisible, a paperhanging brush for smoothing the strips, a knife and cutting guide for trimming excess wallpaper, plus a bubble level, a pencil and a tape measure.

Wallpaper paste is already included with the wallpaper even without ordering the kit.

The wallpaper design truly promotes the Philippine look and feel, it's appropriate for the provincial setting in Rizal, it's also less prone to mistakes since the weaving of fabrics for tapestries could still work even if it is not that 100% seamless, ....aayyy palusot ka pa. Basta it would go well with items I can easily buy around the Philippine archipelago which we are inclined to visit more often due to accessibility.....though other Asian countries also have similar images from their rich cultures.

I would have gone with nature-related designs but I realized my greens and blues are already out there in my front and back yards. Nothing beats being in the garden and smelling the fresh air.

I would have chosen the photorealistic backdrops like landscapes, seascapes or cityscapes, but it would seem awkward when you finally put in the furniture and appliances blocking part of your wallpaper.

The images of renowned personalities, or pop culture icons, would not stick with me since as time goes by, the entertainment industry has constantly produced new idols you could ogle or look up to. I am never infatuated to a single person forever so it would feel strange to keep their images on my walls.

Also, this design is not so feminine or even cartoonish that is more meant for a girl or a child's room respectively. A man of my age could work well with this ambiance which perfectly fits artists who appreciates local inspirations rooted in Philippine history.

Oh I see myself painting and doing artworks, sketching my own comic books with my own characters, etc., again just as how I was doing during my younger years.

Got some reading to do to be ready for my wallpaper project. I need to know how to paste them neatly on the walls and cutting the columns to the exact lengths, making sure they're all installed straight.

I also watched their short video advertutorial where a father and his young daughter worked on the wallpaper.

You see these wall at my back? Hopefully tomorrow they'll be looking so much better when the wallpaper from Photowall has been installed.

The wallpaper columns with 45cm widths are conveniently numbered accordingly so you won't be confused which column or panel comes next.

I've got 18 columns rolled in three boxes. First and second box has 8 columns each, while the third box had only two, all rolled together. 

After unboxing, cleaning of walls, preparing the tool kit and paste, and cutting of wallpaper panels on the 15th and 16th, we did the actual wallpaper installations on the next day, the 17th, and finished off the other half of three walls on the 18th.

We cut them per column and laid them flat on the floor so that on the next day they will be straight and thus easier to manage.

Cutting the wallpaper was like I was weaving native tapestry.

Before and after the installation of the wallpaper truly gave our home a character. Proud of my choice as it matches my Masskara Festival of Bacolod mask hanging on our door. ..and this is just half of my wallpaper setup. Watch our videos to see the full wallpaper setup.

It is without any doubt that the wallpaper effectively transformed our home and gave it an impactful character compared to the plain and boring blue that it was before.

I must insist, to get a better experience of my wallpaper project, below are all the YouTube videos I did for this brand:


Prepping the wall and materials:


Part 1:

Part 2:

I still have the longer versions of my time lapse during installation which I will just post separately on my social media pages...and more photos to upload since I couldn't post everything in this one blog.

For more information about Photowall, you may check their official website and social media pages:

Photowall website:

Photowall Facebook:

Photowall Instagram:

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