Patch on a Patterned Wallpaper

Digital ImageI hung this wallpaper in a powder room a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, no one told me that the existing grab-bar was going to be replaced. As you can see in the first photo, the new grab-bar has a different span from the original one, leaving the original foot print and screw holes visible. These were too large to put a simple patch over, so the whole area had to be removed and replaced. In that first photo, you are looking at the edge of a wall, about 5″ wide, Digital Imagewith another wall to the left and Digital Imageanother wall with a mirror to the right, and the mounting bracket for the grab-bar.

I cut around some of the vines in the pattern and removed the paper inside that cut. You can see my white primer underneath. The circles of black paper that were under the brackets of the original grab-bar were primed white, too, to keep them from showing through the new, light colored paper.

Then I took a fresh piece of paper and cut around the same elements of the design, but this time cut on the outside of the vines. The idea was to have the vines from the patch overlap the vines on the wall. There is always a bump when you have an overlap, and cutting along a strong feature of the pattern reduces the chance of being able to see that bump or ridge. And, in Digital Imagemost cases, I like overlapping better than splicing, because it gives a good, tight bond, prevents gapping, and eliminates the possibility of scoring the surface beneath, which could split and pull away from the wall. And cutting along the design disguises the patch much better than simply cutting in an unprinted area of the paper.

Then it was a matter of pasting the new piece, using the same paste and techniques as I had when I hung the paper a few weeks ago, to ensure that the patch stretched and expanded the same as the paper it was being applied onto.

In the third photo, you see how the paper is being lined up. I liked how it wrapped around the corner, because this was a little more stable and less visible than simply replacing the piece on the narrow face of the wall.

The paper was smoothed into place, excess paste wiped off, and – Voilà! No one would ever know it’s a patch!

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