Perseverance is a virtue, try, try until you succeed and necessity is the mother of invention are adages we’re all heard again and again. In developing Small Wall, Julie Boney heeded all of these plus Winston Churchill’s admonishment to “Never give in, never give in.” She wanted a decent size true paint sample that she could adhere to a wall, take down and move around the room to test the paint color before actually painting. She couldn’t find such an item anywhere although she was convinced that there was a need for it. So she persevered until Small Wall became a reality. It is now carried by Sherwin Williams and Ace Hardware.
The no-mark adhesive backing allows you to reposition the panels to view them in different light and in the context of other colors in your home. Small Wall requires no primer or other surface treatments before painting it. Boney says decorators and paint contractors love the panels because they can get them painted then mail them to clients. She named her company Knicava, for her son Nick, and daughter, Ava. The web site states: “At Knicava, we believe in the ability and ingenuity of the American workforce. Our mission is to provide solutions that make life a little easier.”
I see a lot of similarity between Small Wall and Casart coverings. Both became a reality as a result of a need. Both ideas were met with obstacles but in both cases, the developer believed in the product and persevered. Both products offer solutions that make decorating and life a little easier. Lastly, both companies are proud that their products are American made!
– Lorre Lei