Archive for March, 2016

Leafy and Green

March 17, 2016
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These homeowners loved the idea of brilliantly colored tropical foliage in their powder room. When I first consulted with them, they were set on a paper they found on-line, a beautiful hand-printed boutique paper that cost $200 a roll – and they needed 10 rolls. !!

I suggested they visit my wallpaper source (below). Sure enough, they were able to find a pattern very similar that was way more reasonably priced.

The pattern has a lot of motion, but it is not really busy, because the pallet is limited to basically two colors. It really brightens up the room! To compliment the paper, they had the woodwork painted a bright green, and are using a bright brass faucet and light switch plates. The overall look is shiny and crisp and verdant.

This wallpaper pattern is by York, in their Sure Strip line, and was a pre-pasted product. It 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.

View of the Day – Working in the Country

March 16, 2016
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I’ve had a week-long job hanging wallpaper in Carmine (near Round Top and La Grange), Texas, about 90 miles northwest of Houston. It’s a new home on family farm land – and I’m getting to spend the night! 🙂

Below are more pics of the view, and of the job itself.

My Commute ….

March 16, 2016
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I just spent several days hanging wallpaper in a new home on family farm land in Carmine (near Round Top and La Grange), Texas, about 90 miles northwest of Houston. Of course, it rained buckets this week. Here are shots of my commute from my van to the house. Luckily, the homeowner advised me ahead of time to bring boots!

The mud you are looking it is slippery and sloshy and deep. On my first day, it was thick and sticky and bonded itself to my boots with a vengeance. Imagine hauling a 7′ long, 30lb work table, or a 50lb bucket of wallpaper paste back and forth through this!

Driving shoes off and boots on to walk through the mud. Boots off to walk through the house. Boots back on to walk back to the truck. Boots off and clean driving shoes on before getting into the truck. Repeat many times per day.

View of the Day – Sunset Over Farm

March 16, 2016
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Wouldn’t you love to go to sleep with this outside your window?

I am lucky this week, because that is exactly what I am doing. I’m working on a farm in Carmine, Texas (near our beloved Round Top), 90 miles northwest of Houston, and am spending some nights there.

Let your mind’s eye add cows and horses, and let your mind’s ear add crickets and tree frogs.

Yeah – I’ve got a great job. 🙂

Tiny Print in a Country Bathroom

March 15, 2016
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More pics of my recent job in the country …

This master bathroom is on a farm near Round Top, Texas. White beaded-board wainscoting goes 3′ up the walls, and the wallpaper covers the rest.

It’s a clean, airy look, and has a lot of “country” in its feel.

This wallpaper is by York Wallcoverings. It is prepasted and nice to work with. (The un-plumb walls and un-level ceiling are another matter all together….) The paper 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.

Soft Mossy-Green Floral in Country Bathroom

March 14, 2016
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This pretty floral pattern in a small scale and a mossy green color went in a teen aged gal’s bathroom in the family’s second home in the country outside Carmine, TX (near Round Top and La Grange), 90 miles northwest of Houston. The bathroom window looks out over green fields and a blue sky. What harmony!

The pattern and color blend perfectly with the paint in the girl’s adjoining bedroom, as well as with the faux-wood wallpaper in the attached powder room. (See previous post)

This wallpaper pattern is in the Easy-Walls, Chesapeake collection by Brewster, and is a pre-pasted paper product. It is thin and pliable and was a positive delight to work with, and can be expected to stick tight to the wall for a looong time. There was an ever-so-slight bit of shrinkage at the seams (hair’s breadth), but that is typical of this type of paper, and is much preferable to the curling and peeling that some solid vinyl papers can exhibit.

It 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.

Very Realistic Faux Wood Paneling Wallpaper

March 14, 2016
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Wow, I really liked this fake wood wallpaper! I’ve gotten a few requests lately for patterns that look like wood paneling, so I am happy to find this one, which looks pretty real, and even has a little texture to it. It is from the same book, and is made to coordinate with, the pattern I hung in the adjoining tub room of this bathroom. (See post above.)

I hung this paper so the “planks” run vertically. But in the homeowner’s other home, a few years ago, I hung a similar paper horizontally. https://wallpaperlady.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/faux-wooden-plank-wallpaper-a-fun-installation/

This wallpaper pattern is by Brewster, in their Easy Walls / Chesapeake line, 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.

Swirly, Golden Floral in a Farm House Powder Room

March 13, 2016
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The homeowner’s selection was spot-on when she chose this soft floral pattern with an upward movement. The color perfectly coordinates with the tile and countertop in the powder room, as well as with the paint colors in the adjoining entry hall and bedroom.

The wallpaper was carefully chosen, not just because of the color, but because this powder room-with-a-shower serves both the elderly father whose bedroom is next door, as well as guests, so the design couldn’t be too girly or frilly, while tying in with the country feel of this new home on the family farm.

This wallpaper 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.

Shaded Grasscloth

March 10, 2016

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This grasscloth displays what we call “shading” – slight difference in color between strips.

Additionally, often the dye will be darker on the right and left edges of the paper, than it is in the center.  Sometimes, the color difference starts horizontally in the middle of a strip.

This paper is still on the roll. Imagine how it will look on your wall.

When each strip on wall is a slightly different color, we call that “paneling.”

All these bolts are the same run number / dye lot, meaning they were printed at the same time with the same batch of ink.

This is not considered a defect. It is what the manufacturers call “the inherent natural beauty of the product.”

They will not replace material that looks like this.

Not all grasscloth looks this bad, but many do. If you choose any sort of natural material, be prepared for your walls to look like this.

This brand is Schumacher.

Working Around a Free-Standing Bathtub

March 10, 2016
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This master bathroom sports a lovely claw-foot bathtub that stands away from the wall. I have to hang wallpaper on that wall over the window. My stepladder won’t fit in the 4″ space between the tub and the wall, and an extension ladder would lean at an unstable angle. I could put a ladder in the tub, but it would have to lean against the window – naaah, don’t think so!

My solution was to cover the edges and bottom of the tub with a padded moving blanket, then use this 2’x4′ piece of 3/8″ plywood to span across the tub, and then set my ladder on top, making sure to keep the legs of the ladder as close as possible to the edges of the tub.

The tub is 400 pounds and very sturdy, and I made sure to keep my weight centered on the ladder. The set up may look scary, but it is actually quite stable and safe.