Luscious Lips

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This homeowner is not afraid of color, as you can see in the top photo, where the bedroom was originally painted deep purple. (In this photo, I have started the process to smooth out the textured wall, and have started applying the plaster-like smoothing compound.)

She found this wild, shiny, lip-swathed pattern, and knew that it was “her!”

The walls had to be smooth, because any bumps or imperfections would be telegraphed through the shiny Mylar surface of the paper. The small bumps, and also the few bubbles you see under the paper will disappear as the paste dries.

But some irregularities in the wall cannot be compensated for, such as the slight curl where the wall meets the crown molding (probably due to painter’s caulk rounding out the joint), and that’s why you see a different sheen just below the crown molding. These show up much more in the photos than they do on the actual wall in the room setting.

The wallpaper was tricky to work with, because any paste, or even water, on the surface would go into the slightly textured surface of the paper, and leave a mark that could not be wiped off (wiping made it worse). And the shiny surface would not withstand creases or folds.

So careful pasting and booking, clean dry hands, and a gentle touch were mandated.

This paper is by York Wallcoverings, and I hung it on an accent wall in a master bedroom in a newish home in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston.

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