Disposable Art

Looks great, easy to remove!

Photography by Mara Kuhn and courtesy of York Wallcoverings

Photography by Mara Kuhn and courtesy of York Wallcoverings

Dear Sandy,

I hope you can help bring peace to my home! My daughter and son want to decorate their rooms this summer and both of them really like murals for the walls. But my husband is not going to go to that expense, plus we are thinking of selling this house fairly soon and building our dream home (you will get a call to help). I am catching this from all sides so any advice you can give me that could possibly make them all happy, I would be forever grateful! By the way, the daughter is 12 and my son is 9.

Can’t wait to hear from you, Stuck in the middle, again!

Dear Stuck in the middle,

When kids get something in their mind it is hard to change it and Dad is just wanting to keep it sensible. There are ways to accomplish this request and make everyone happy.

Several times I have designed children’s rooms, keeping in mind that they are growing and they love to change their minds.

What I have found works are what I call “disposable art.” This is simply patterns on a magnetic-type vinyl that will stick to your walls, but when the time comes to change the look, you just peel them off. No damage to wall at all. Happy Daddy!

They are strips that are prepared and water activated. The strips are numbered in sequence so it is a quick and easy installation. Once you apply them to the wall you will want a soft brush to smooth out the strips.

For your daughter, I have chosen this mural featuring tall, pink flowers. This has lots of fun colors and will be a hit with her friends.

For your son I like the Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man XL wall mural. This mural is 10 and a half feet by 6 feet and will make a huge impact on the room.

As you see, there are many ways to settle design issues and make it work for your needs and budget. You just need to ask the right person!

Enjoy your happy home this summer. Sandy

SANDY SUTTONSandy’s Peach Chutney
• 1 ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon ginger, ground
• 4 cups ripe peaches

• 1/3 cup sweet onions, chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1 pectin packet
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup raisins
Peel and dice the peaches and place in a large Dutch oven with all of the ingredients except the pectin. Bring to roiling boil then lower to medium heat, stirring constantly. Allow it to cool and add pectin. Place in containers and store in a cool, dark place. Delicious!

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