Unusual Toile Going Up

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WP_20140909_0021 (2)“Toile” is a French word for a pattern that usually is a sort of pen-and-ink drawing on a plain background, typically 1700’s ladies on swings being serenaded by handsome shepherds, while hunters shoot rabbits in the background. But toiles can depict other scenes, too, like shipyards, or even fairy tales or animals.  They are almost always a very sweet look.  This one is unusual because it looks more like a black & white photograph, than the typical line drawing.

Here I am, working a 14′ long strip around an outside corner in an attic bedroom with VERY unplumb walls. Luckily, the homeowner said, “I am not picky, and I know there will be mismatches and imperfect areas.” That is true… this room has devilishly high ceilings, calling for my 16′ extension ladder and a lot of careful balancing, unplumb walls that require losing a significant portion of the pattern in order to hang the paper plumb, and vaulted ceilings plus three dormer windows, all of which will cause multiple mis-matches around the room.

Oh, and let’s not forget the FIFTY ONE stairs that must be climbed to get from the street to the job site. Try doing THAT with a 50lb bucket of wallpaper paste! (I was lucky – the contractor and his helper were on-site this morning, and carried all my heavy stuff up the stairs for me.)  🙂

This job was originally scheduled for November, but I had another job postpone, due to delays in construction, so I was able to move this nice lady up.  Her home remodel has been dragging on for months, due to all sorts of unexpected and unexplainable delays.  The homeowner remarked, “Thanks so much.  You are the most dependable person on my job!”  🙂

This wallpaper is printed on what’s called “non-woven” stock, and is by Cole & Son, a British company, 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.



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