Measure twice, Cut Once . . . Oops!

Oops! That’s a word you don’t want to hear from your surgeon, or in our case, from a client.

Seriously, we do encourage our clients to measure CAREFULLY, even to the fraction of an inch. And then we add a few inches to height and width to make sure your have plenty of paper.

Even so, in the last couple of months we have had two “oops” calls, and what do I do now that the paper is up and the mural is short in height or width? Can’t we just reprint more?

Border strips come in a variety of widths and are easily purchased online from a variety of vendors.

Border strips come in a variety of widths and are easily purchased online from a variety of vendors.

The problem with that is subtle changes in color often take place in a second printing and the mistake really shows up. What can be done?

Well, there are a few low-cost solutions that will work. I’ll list them in order of ease and effectiveness.

Often a border in a similar shade as the beige land works well in covering a shortfall.

Often a border in a similar shade as the beige land works well in covering a shortfall.

  1. If you are short in the height dimension, you could order some wallpaper border strips. You can find these in all kinds of colors that would look good with your mural, and some have nautical designs that could work. I’ve listed a few here with a bit.ly link to the source if you are interested. That is probably the best way to fix up a mural that is too short. You could even order enough to frame the entire mural if you like.

  2. You could cut some hardwood baseboard and with a mitre box and saw, “frame” the mural as if it is a large piece of artwork (which it is). Some baseboards look like picture frames, so this is a workable option.

  3. Paint. Yep, good old paint, but make sure you are not trying to match the mural colors exactly, as getting a good match is hard to do. But if you are feeling courageous and want to give matching a try, please check out my article on matching paint color with the ColorSnap from Sherwin-Williams. It will be the best $58 you will spend, and will help you choose a color that will be close match to the mural colors.

ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams is a great tool for matching colors.

ColorSnap by Sherwin-Williams is a great tool for matching colors.

But it is a new year! Let’s pledge to avoid the oops from now on! Measure your wall — twice — and give us a call at 801-367-7945 and we will be delighted to help you with an “oops-free” mural idea for your home or office.