Archive for April, 2012

Hold On Just a Second, Would Ya??!

April 26, 2012

I just got a call from a lady. “Do you have wallpaper in stock?”

So my first sentence to her was, “Well, I am an installer, not a seller….” and before I could say another word, she said, “Oh, OK,” and hung up. !

Gee, lady, give me a second! My next sentence was going to be, “Are you looking to buy paper? I can give some suggestions of places to shop.” And those include places that have paper in stock.

Now, wouldn’t people realize that a wallpaper hanger would be a good resource for finding where to shop to buy wallpaper? Wouldn’t it be logical for the caller to wait two seconds for me to finish my sentence? Wouldn’t it be easier for her to let me provide information, than for her to continue calling and Googling and stumbling around trying to find a store?

Edible Wallpaper – Would YOU??

April 25, 2012

Thanks to my brother in Seattle for sending me this link.

Garden Oaks Home Tour 2012

April 24, 2012

I went on the Garden Oaks Home Tour this past Sunday, and am happy to report that, unlike the Heights Tour, one of the homes had wallpaper. And I installed it!!

Schumacher A-Twitter 5005031 stylized birds in stylized trees filled the entry, and was the first thing that hit you when you walked into the home.

Flaw of the Day

April 22, 2012

Thibaut paper of dark brown background with parrots and tropical palm fronds


It had a foot-long section an inch and a half wide that was apparently folded and mangled and torn during printing; this ruined a full 10′ drop.

Wallpaper and the Beverly Hills Hotel

April 19, 2012

Yesterday I hung this paper…

Please click the link to see this gorgeous and  exotic palm frond pattern – From what I understand, it was created for the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 1940’s, and was made famous again in the ’80’s as the wallpaper in Blanche’s bedroom on the Golden Girls TV show.

Read more claims to fame on the link!

Quadrille Wallpaper

April 18, 2012

Another interesting paper.


I’m not as fond of these patterns as those from other companies, but that’s just a matter of taste.   how about you?

Wallpaper from the 70’s

April 17, 2012

One of my customers just turned me on to this site:

Wallpaper and the 2012 Heights Home Tour

April 16, 2012

I love home tours, and go on all that I possibly can.

With the explosive interest in wallpaper these days, I was really surprised to see NO wallpaper in ANY of the six homes on the tour this year. 😦

On the plus side, though, one homeowner who uncovered some original paper during their renovation did save scraps and have them framed, and is displaying them as art throughout the home.





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Do Wallpaper Manufacturers Even Know What They’re Talking About??

April 14, 2012

Today I put some grasscloth on the backs of some bookshelves – an increasingly popular look.

I’m wondering if the manufacturer has tested its product, and knows what its instructions say to do with it…


“Proper priming will prevent all wallcovering from coming loose from the wall. Wall sizing is not enough! An oil base primer sealer or commercial wall prep is essential. Relaxation time of 2-5 minutes is recommended after pasting. Do not oversoak, as it will cause grasscloth to separate from the paper backing.

“Keep pasting area clean to prevent staining. Use a premix heavy duty (low water content) clear (non-staining) vinyl adhesive. Please take proper care not to get adhesive on the front surface of the paper. NOTE: Due to the fact that some adhesives may cause a staining reaction on natural fiber products, please check adhesive container for special instructions or warnings and then test hang one strip before proceeding.”

They recommend an OIL BASED PRIMER?! I happen to agree with this, but I have to admit, this is quite unusual with wallpaper manufacturers.

VINYL paste for GRASSCLOTH?! That is sure to stain! And very dry and hard to spread on the back. It is more sticky than cellulose, though.

The only thing I can think is, they are concerned about the paper backing coming away from the surface fibers, so are recommending the low-moisture paste. However, they are blinding themselves to the problem of staining, which is very likely with grasscloth. Seems like the manufacturer should have considered both these potential problems.

I did not use the vinyl paste, but used Shur-Stik cellulose C-11, and it turned out just fine.

Do Picky Paperhangers Get A Good Night’s Sleep??

April 13, 2012

My by-line for the Wallpaper Lady is “The Picky Paperhanger.” I like that, and my customers like that. And I’m proud that I do notice little things and they do bug me, and that I do take the time to fix them.

But, gee. I sure would get more sleep if I weren’t so picky!

Twice this week, I had jobs that I “could” have done from Point A, and they probably would have looked just fine, and the homeowners would have been happy. In both cases, it had to do with wall prep, and I just wasn’t happy with the walls at Point A. So I put extra time into getting the walls to Point B, which means nice and smooth and, as I like to say, “a good bed for the paper to lie in.”

In the first job, the builder had accidentally textured the walls in the room to be papered, so he had his workmen sand off the texture. Well, they did an OK job, and I guess I could have primed it and hung the paper. But the more I looked, the more I saw gouges, tears in the Sheetrock, rough spots, gritty spots, and areas where they hadn’t removed the texture at all. All this was going to show – ever so slightly – under the new paper. And, since the paper had a metalic sheen, any imperfections would show up even more.

So I decided to skim-float the entire room. This added about three hours to my day, but it yielded a perfectly flat, smooth wall, and the finished job looked great.

On the second job, the original paper came off fairly easily, and the walls were in OK shape, and I again could have gotten away with a simple primer.

But it kept bugging me, and I just knew the walls weren’t as smooth and flat as they could be, and that the job would look better and last longer if the walls were in better shape.

So I skim-floated this room, too. Float, wait for it to dry, sand, vacuum, wipe dust from the walls, wait for walls to dry, prime, wait for primer to dry, finally hang the paper. Looked great, and definately worth the effort. The homeowner was totally thrilled!

Now, what does all this have to do with sleeping? Well, for one thing, when I know I’ve done the best I can, and haven’t skimped or taken the easy way out, I sleep better!

But also, all this extra work takes extra time. In both these cases, I finally finished and left work at 9:00 p.m. Then there’s the drive home, checking phone messages and e-mail, watering the yard, fixing something to eat, playing with the (world’s sweetest) cats, and maybe a little relaxing before turning in for the night. A very late night.





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