Batter Up! If you follow my blog, you have already heard about the bedroom remodel for my nephew we have been working on. After a year of talking about this remodel and a couple of months gathering our game plan, we finally got our tushes in gear to get this done.
First, we completed his full-sized loft bed. You can see pictures of that awesome creation here. Next, we planned out his baseball wall. I’m sure you’ve seen some of these done on Pinterest. You paint the stitches of the baseball on the wall and it looks like a giant baseball.
I was going to paint these myself, when my husband suggested that we could do them in vinyl. We used to have race cars and we used vinyl to letter them, so I know a guy! I thought that could really work and should be a lot less work than painting. I talked to Brian (the vinyl guy) and he was confident we could make it work. So, I bet you are wondering….
How to Make a Baseball Wall
1. First thing, you need to paint your wall white. This could involve a LOT of primer – Good luck! We painted the rest of the room a light gray to really make that baseball wall pop.
2. Next, you have to measure and approximate the position of your stitches. The stitches are on a radius, so anchor one end of a string in the corner and you can swing the string around it in a circle to see where the stitches will be. Change the length of the string it find the perfect spot. If you want the stitches to run more vertically, anchor the string at the corner of the wall in the middle for a more symmetrical look. We anchored our string at the very top on the right and the bottom on the left. When you are pleased with the placement, measure the length of the string to determine your radius. This is how I explained what I needed to our vinyl guy and it worked very well.
3. So, now that you have an idea where your stitching lines will go, you need to determine how wide and what color you would like those lines to be. We decided the line should be about 1” wide and gray for our project. The gray is to match the other walls and the dark gray loft we built. I have seen rooms that use brown and those look great as well.
4. Now for the stitches – you know they have to be red, but how big do you want them? This can be tricky to decide. Sometimes it is helpful to draw some on a piece of paper, tape them to the wall, and stand back to have a look. We needed to dodge that window, so we had to really think about our placement. If we didn’t touch the window, the stitches were too far apart. However, we didn’t want to lose the pattern of the stitches in the window. We decided to clip the window on both sides and go for big, bold stitches. I think it turned out great! Our stitches were 13” wide total and we put them about 4” apart.
5. I sent the specs and a picture to Brian so he would know what we were trying to do. And he delivered. The vinyl arrived cut and ready to stick. The line was really a dashed line, so we wouldn’t overlap any of the vinyl. It came as one big piece to keep the integrity of the circle. The stitches were separate so they could follow the direction of the line.
6. Time to stick ‘em! Getting that line aligned is the key, so take your time getting it right. If you haven’t dealt with vinyl before, it’s pretty easy. The vinyl is a big soft plastic sticker. It is cut from a plotter and then the vinyl around the piece is removed. Masking tape is placed over top of the vinyl, so when you peel off the masking tape, the vinyl sticks to it. Now you have a sticker you can stick to the wall. Position the vinyl where you want it and press and smooth it down. Carefully remove the masking tape by slowly pulling back across the vinyl, not out. That would pull the vinyl off the wall.
You can reposition the vinyl, but be very gentle. Vinyl will stretch and that cannot be corrected. Do your best to get it right the first time. Once, it is on the wall, smooth it again to make sure it has good adhesion.
7. Sticking the line is a little tricky because the whole thing is so big. Another set of hands is helpful. Make sure it reaches the end of the wall at both ends. I stuck my line a little at a time, but my husband started in the middle (after lining it up) and stuck it as one big piece. Both ways worked well.
8. The stitches came individually so you have to make sure they turn with the line. We used the making tape just on the very ends for these so we could see the placement in the spaces of the line. An extra set of eyes is helpful in this step as well. You can get lost in the “up close” when all that matters is how it looks as a whole wall.
That was it! Awesome baseball stitches on the wall and it took us a little over an hour. So much faster than painting! So much easier than painting! I want to thank Brian for indulging me and creating something neither one of us had even seen before. I wish all my projects had such a great ending! It’s true, some projects get rejected and abandoned.
If anyone is interested in stitches but doesn’t know a vinyl guy, contact me at [email protected] and I bet Brian and I can send you some. Send me an email and we can work out the particulars.
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