Changing What I Did

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I hung this reddish faux finish wallpaper pattern a few years ago on the bottom of the walls in an entry in a 2-plex in the Rice University area of Houston. Some workmen bopped the walls and caused damage to the wallpaper (Photo 1). I told the homeowner that I thought I could touch up the dings with paint, but she opted to have the whole room redone.

In Photos 2 & 3, I have started stripping off the original wallpaper. (See step-by-step instructions on a “How To” page on the right.) The top inked layer has been wet, and then pulled off, and you see a little of the white substrate still clinging to the wall. This layer gets soaked with a wet sponge, and it pulls off easily, with little damage to the walls. The main reason this went so well is because I prepped the walls with a good primer. When people hang wallpaper without a primer, removal can be much more difficult, time-consuming, and cause damage to the walls.

In the next shots, you see the new paper. This was hung below an oak wainscoting, and there was oak trim and oak flooring of the same color at the bottom of the wall.

At first, I was dubious about the blue color with the brown wood, but once all the walls were finished and I stood back and looked at it, it looked great!

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, 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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