Popular Pattern

October 23, 2014

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Boy, people sure love this design. I have hung it in several colors, in a good number of homes. Today I put this in an under-the-stairs powder room in West University Place.

The young homeowners have a fairly traditional house, and are trying to “contemporary-ize” it up a little. I think this wallpaper does the trick!

This wallpaper was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Grateful and Full

October 21, 2014

Digital ImageEvery once in a while, a customer feeds me lunch. It sure makes you feel good, when someone does something unexpected like that.

Powder Room Medallion, Grey & Silver

October 19, 2014

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Digital ImageHere is a silvery motif on a dark grey background, that I hung in a powder room in a new home in Bellaire. It’s hard to get good photos, especially in such a small room but you get the idea. (You shoulda seen me jimmying the ladder around the toilet, vanity, door, chandelier, over and over again, to get in and out of the room, and up to the top of the walls!)

A very unique feature in this room is the domed ceiling, with arches on every wall. The last photo is a shot of the ceiling, at one of the corners.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Paint Splatters on Floor

October 13, 2014

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In that same new construction home, I was preparing to prime the walls in the dining room, and while putting dropcloths down, I noticed these little splatters of paint, on the brand new floors, all along the base of the wall, in every room. Whoops! Looks like the painters forgot to use a dropcloth!

My wallpaper primer is white, and I wanted to be sure I was not blamed for this, so I grabbed the job foreman and made sure she knew the speckles were there before I started.

Got a Girl Who Loves PINK?!!

October 13, 2014

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I don’t have info on this paper, but it looks like one of the very expensive hand-painted murals on silk that cost several thousand dollars per panel. Just beautiful! (Although I might choose a more tone-down color!)

Note the zig-zag wallpaper in the entry and under the fer down.

Here’s How That Dining Room Turned Out

October 12, 2014

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The wallpaper had a slight texture to it, making it feel something like velvet. There was a little sparkle, too, when the light hit it just right.

Trading a 9′ Mis-Match for a 1’er

October 11, 2014

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When wallpapering a room, the last corner always ends in a pattern mis-match. So usually I minimize it by hiding it behind door, or the like. But in this dining room in a new home in Bellaire, all four corners were fully visible. If I had ended the pattern in the same corner I started in (first photo – one wall is done, the white wall is primed and waiting for paper), the result would have been a mis-match that ran from floor to ceiling – a full 9’!

Putting the mis-match over a door or window usually is too noticeable. But that’s what I did today, and it turned out to be barely noticeable. In the second photo, the two walls will be papered moving from left to right, to meet with the start point over the window. You can see where the paper coming from the right has stopped over the window. This is where I will place my mis-match.

Because the pattern is fairly busy, and because the colors are muted, and because it’s high up over a window, and because the lighting in the room is fairly dim, all those factors worked out to a good spot to place the mis-match.

Thick, Stiff Non-Woven = Noticeable Seams

October 10, 2014

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: These new-fangled non-woven materials are often so thick and stiff that the seams almost always show much more than on thinner paper products. From some angles, you don’t see the seams at all, but from other view points, they are quite obvious.

That’s just the nature of the beast.

The big selling point of this non-woven material, if you are wondering, is that, when it’s time to redecorate, it will usually peel off the wall easily, in one piece, and with little or no damage to the wall.

Me, I’d rather put a little effort into stripping a wallpaper that looks good, than living in a room with vertical lines every 27.”

Keep the Site Clean – OR ELSE!

October 9, 2014

Digital ImageI don’t often work in new construction homes where other workmen are still working (too much dust, noise, confusion, theft, messing up my beautiful new wallpaper, etc.). But this week does find me wallpapering in a home where workmen are doing final touches before the family (just had their first baby!) moves in.

This builder must be a step above – I have seen signs before saying “No Zapatos” (“No Shoes”) in order to protect the new floors. But this is the first time I’ve seen this one. I love it!!

Keeping trash in it’s place is really important, because you’d be surprised at the damage caused by debris and grit on floors, in bath tubs, on countertops, etc. Damp rags, chemicals, food, and the like can all cause damage, too.

Non-Skid Straightedge

October 8, 2014

Digital ImageMy magnesium straightedge is worth its $100 price tag. It is nice and straight and makes for neat cuts. It’s flat and holds tight to the cutting table. It won’t mark the wallpaper, like other metals will. BUT – it’s slick surface allows paper to slide, and that can mean a bad cut.

So – a little non-slip tape on the bottom edge is all that’s needed, to hold the guide and the paper in place. A fellow paperhanger friend in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bill Armstrong of Armstrong Wallcovering, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Armstrong-Wallcovering/262306247124122, generously sent me this self-stick grip tape, which he got at his local Ace Hardware. It is working GREAT! Thank you, Bill!


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