Archive for November, 2013

Finely-Textured, Linen-Look Grasscloth Going Up This Week

November 21, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis nice grasscloth has a finer texture than most, and almost looks like linen fabric. There is minimal paneling / shading (difference in color) from strip to strip, and the effect is soothing and serene.

This wallpaper is going in a dining room in the Memorial area of Houston.

Common Sheetrock Crack Over a Door

November 19, 2013

Digital ImageHouses in Houston shift on their foundations, and when they do, diagonal cracks like this over doors and windows are pretty common.

What I forgot to do was take a picture after I had “taped and floated” the crack, to bridge it and even out the surface.

The new wallpaper is stretchy vinyl, on a non-woven substrate backing, which should expand and contract a little. That’s good, because it means the wallpaper shouldn’t tear if the crack in the wall should open up again.

Mud-Colored Grasscloth – Much Prettier Than It Sounds!

November 17, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageHere is some grasscloth I hung today. The photos are poor, and don’t show the true color. I would say it’s the color of mud. But a very pretty mud!

I don’t like grasscloth much, but I do have to say, I LOVED this one. The color, a warm muddy grey-brown, is beautiful, and there was little paneling or shading between strips. The manufacturer is TWIL.

Oh, and the long skinny thing is my magnesium straight edge, used as a guide when trimming wallpaper on the table.

The Paste-A-Dot Trick

November 17, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageCeilings and walls are not always level and plumb. When you have a geometric design like this trellis, any deviation will show. See how the dot on the right is being cut off, as the ceiling line moves downward?

Sometimes, a large part of wallpapering is fooling the eye. My trick today is cutting dots out of scrap wallpaper, and pasting them at the top of the wall, covering up the ones that were being cut in half. The eye would catch if a dot were cut in half, but it would not likely notice that the lattice design is a little shorter than the one on the left.

Yes, pasting on an appliqué adds a little thickness, but up at the top of a 9′ high ceiling, it’s not visible.

I had to do the same thing along the top of the vanity, because the right side was 1/2″ higher than the left side.

This fun pattern is by Thibaut Designs, one of my favorite brands to work with.

Faux Wooden Plank Wallpaper – a Fun Installation

November 16, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThe teenaged boy who uses this bathroom insisted on this faux board wallpaper. The mother was not too happy about his choice.

By the time I was finished, EVERYONE loved the room, even the mother! I did five bath areas for this family, and I can say that this is my favorite.

The interesting aspect was running the paper horizontally on the walls, and then vertically on the sloped ceiling. If all the paper had run the same way, I think the look would have been overwhelming. Also, this way, it looks more like a real cabin in the woods or on a ship.

Crinkly Paint on Ceiling – Wallpaper Paste Crackles Paint

November 15, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageSee the little bits of crackly stuff on the ceiling in the first photo? And the dark discoloration and crackly stuff in the second shot?

The previous paperhanger did not get all the paste wiped off the ceiling. And wallpaper paste will cause paint to crackle and blister and flake off.

That’s why it’s important to carefully wipe all paste reside from the ceiling and woodwork. Or, better still, use tape or waxed paper or similar to keep paste from ever touching those surfaces in the first place.

Another Realistic Faux Grasscloth

November 14, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageBecause natural grasscloth can stain or show wear easily, fake products are often a better choice. I hung this faux grasscloth in a Bellaire bathroom today. This is a relatively inexpensive pre-pasted, paper-backed solid vinyl wallpaper. The pattern could be matched (real grasscloth cannot), there was no paneling or shading (a disappointing issue with real grasscloth), the design is more realistic than many higher-priced faux grass papers I have hung recently, and, being made of vinyl, it will resist stains and can be washed, which natural grasscloth certainly cannot. I wasn’t 100% happy with the seams, but I’m betting they will be less noticeable tomorrow when the paper is dry.

The homeowner and the teenaged boy who uses this bathroom both loved it!

Touch the Plate – NOT the Wall!

November 13, 2013

Digital ImageWhen I finish a wallpaper job, I never leave before giving my little lecture about NOT touching the wallpaper.

When flipping a light switch on or off, touch only the switch or the plate. Do NOT touch the wall.

Over time, letting your hand brush against the wall will get dirt onto the wallpaper, or even abrade it. Even clean hands have oils in them that can stain wallpaper.

So take care, and touch the plate or switch, both of which are easily cleanable. The wallpaper is NOT.

Koessel Studios – Unique Hand-Crafted Wallpapers

November 12, 2013

We had a meet up yesterday, of Houston-area wallpaper hangers, and a few from Dallas, Mineola, and even Chicago. Most everyone was a NGPP member (National Guild of Professional Paperhangers).

In addition to visiting and exchanging tips and stories (and eating!), we had a presentation and expo by Koessel Studios, manufacturers of fine hand-crafted wallpapers.

Almost all their papers are embossed with gesso, giving a three-dimensional effect. Many of them are further embellished with “jewels” – faux rhinestones, pearls, etc.

And, yes, they are pricy, running $200-$300 per single roll. Take a look at these gorgeous and unique designs:

http://www.koesselstudios.com/

Wallpaper Printed on Dark Stock to Minimize White Walls Showing at Seams

November 11, 2013

Digital ImageWallpaper swells a little when it absorbs water from the paste, and it can shrink on the wall when it dries. If gaps result, the white edges of the wallpaper can show, or even the wall underneath. On a dark paper such as this, the seams could be very noticeable.

To minimize this, good manufacturers will print their dark patterns on dark stock, so that if you do see the edges of the paper, you are seeing a dark color, not stark white.

This woodsy pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, #EH60305