Archive for November, 2020

Black & White Geometric Accent Wall in Katy Sewing Room

November 7, 2020

This homeowner in the Katy area of west Houston had recently retired, and was looking forward to spending a lot more time with her favorite hobby – sewing.

She chose this strong black and white geometric pattern to be an accent wall backdrop to the work she would be doing in her sewing room.

The wallpaper is by Designer Wallpapers. It is a non-woven material, and I hung it using the paste-the-wall process.

Since I don’t need my bulky pasting table for this job, in the top photo, you see me rolling the material out on the floor.

Traditional Update for Rice Military Area Master Bathroom

November 6, 2020

The pre-existing layer of wallpaper in this master bathroom in the Rice Military (Memorial Park) neighborhood of Houston was not holding up well (see top photo, and also see yesterday’s post).

After the existing material had been removed, the walls had been primed, the room is ready for either wallpaper.

The new choice is not that much different from the original. Except that it’s brighter, and has more movement, as you can see the pattern moving vertically up the wall.

One of the homeowners’ reasons for purchasing this was because the colors coordinated beautifully with three pieces of hand-painted art in the adjoining bedroom (not pictured).

This wallpaper is by Exclusive Wallcoverings. It is a non-woven material and is designed to be hung via the paste-the-wall method. After trying my favorite method of pasting the paper and then having some “issues,” I moved to pasting the wall, and all went well after that.

Non-wovens are designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece when it’s time to redecorate.

Wine Label Pattern Revisited

November 5, 2020


I hung this wine label wallpaper a few months ago, and was back to the home today to hang another room. Couldn’t pass the opportunity to snap a picture of the finished area.

This is in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston. Interior designer is Cokinos Design.

Why Are These Seams Pouching Up?

November 4, 2020

There are a couple of issues going on in this master bathroom, causing the wallpaper to curl at the seams and the layers to delaminate.

For starters, the previous installer did not bother to remove the original wallpaper, but hung on top of it. He did prime over the original wallpaper, which is good,,,, but that primer felt too slick to provide a good surface for the new wallpaper to stick to. I have a feeling it was not formulated for wallpaper.

Second, there has been a lot of steam and humidity in this room over about 15 years. This particular type of paper does allow moisture to find its way into the seams, causing curling and delaminating.

These pre-pasted, paper-backed, solid vinyl wallpapers are among my very least favorites.

Read more about this material by clicking the link below.

https://wallpaperlady.wordpress.com/stay-away-from-pre-pasted-paper-backed-solid-vinyl-wallpapers/

Shipping Damage – Banged Edges

November 3, 2020


Why can’t they just put a little bubble wrap in the box??

Sometimes, these flatten out as the paste dries. And a busy pattern helps disguise creases in the paper. The angle from which light hits the wallpaper makes a difference, too.

In this case, I called the homeowners in to make the decision whether to hang this material or not. They decided to go ahead. To be honest, once it was up on the wall and dried out a bit, the creases were not very noticeable.

Smoothing Suburban Heavily Textured Walls

November 1, 2020


In the tract homes in new subdivision developments all around Houston, it’s very common that the builder will use a heavy wall texture like this. You can’t hang wallpaper on this, because the bumps and dips will look horrible under the paper, and also they will impede good adhesion.

So the walls will need to be smoothed. This is accomplished by “skim-floating” or “skim-coating” the walls with joint compound. I do my own prep. And, as I like to say, I’m better at it than any “guy” you can hire. 🙂

The third photo shows the wall with half in original condition, and half with the smoothing compound applied over it.

Some people use a wide taping knife to spread the “mud,” as we call it. But I prefer the trowel shown in the fourth photo, because I am closer to it and can see everything that I am doing, and also I feel the position of the handle gives me better manual control.

Sometimes, using fans and playing with the A/C or heat systems, the compound will dry in a couple of hours. But with texture this heavy, the material must be left to dry overnight.

Tomorrow morning, I will sand the walls smooth, vacuum up the dust, wipe residual dust off the wall with a damp sponge, and then roll on a primer. Once that dries (again, call in the fans!), the wallpaper can go up. The second-to-last photo shows it finished and ready for wallpaper.

The last photo shows the brand I prefer, USG’s Sheetrock brand “Plus 3,” which you can find at most big box stores and most paint stores. It sands a lot more easily than the standard joint compound in the red, white, and green box.