Disappointing Defects in Schumacher Sisal Wallpaper

May 12, 2022
The homeowners ordered the brown colorway. So why did they send us both brown and blue??
Look closely and you’ll see that both the blue and the black lines are different thicknesses on each of these three bolts.
Close-up showing different widths of ink.
Even before I unrolled any paper, my suspicions were aroused by this … This cut was made by a hand-held scissors, not a factory machine. That tells me that perhaps an installer sliced off a few feet and then returned the paper, for whatever reason. Now I have no idea how many feet are on this bolt, what run number it is, or why the material was returned.
In addition, the five double rolls of sisal ( grasscloth ) material had no labels, no marks, no run numbers, or other typical information.

Feather Bloom is a very popular wallpaper pattern by high-end manufacturer Schumacher. This family paid several thousand dollars just for the material to cover one accent wall in their home office. Such a disappointment that I could not get their room papered today.

Schumacher is not among my favorite brands, and this is a good example of why. LOTS of printing defects, just about every time I work with it.

But this takes it to a whole new level, because obviously there was no quality control at the factory, no oversight to ensure all rolls were from the same run, nor even the same colorway.

Folks, stay away from Schumacher! As I like to say, for every high-end brand making a cool pattern in a material that’s expensive and difficult to work with, there is someone else making a knock-off that is lower priced and better quality.

Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Phone Jacks

May 10, 2022
These days, most families don’t use these phone jack connections. Why have this cover plate in the middle of the wall, if you’re not using it?
Unscrew from the wall, and they’re easy to disconnect. Just push a flat head screwdriver or similar into the latch connection at top and bottom, and ….
…. VoilĂ ! The gizmo is disconnected.
The wiring is still intact, in case the family wants to reconnect at a future date. For now, I’ve stuffed the wires into the wall …
… and covered the hole with wallpaper. The small recessed area is barely noticeable, and looks a whole heck of a lot better than a useless white cover plate.

Fairy Tale-ish Woodland Wonderland Pattern in Houston Heights Powder Room

May 8, 2022
Just the sink wall will be papered.
Sorry for the photos … the room is so small, and the door is blocked by the toilet, so I can’t get good distant photos.
Here’s that accent wall with the wallpaper on it.

The room also had an art niche with a curved rear wall. This is the first thing you see when you open the door.

I positioned the pattern so the dominant white flower would fall in the center of the wall, under the spotlight.
This is such a cute and whimsical pattern. Who ever heard of frolicking pigs wearing knitted sweaters?!

The manufacturer is Borastapeter from Sweden. It’s a non-woven material, and was perfectly lovely to work with. It can be hung by paste the wall , but I prefer to paste the paper .

Madame Ziggle in Heights Laundry Room

May 7, 2022
Accent wall primed and ready for wallpaper.
Finished! The pattern is nicely centered on the wall, both horizontally and vertically.
I love the way the colors in the wallpaper work with the moss green in the floor tile.
To the left, the wall continues into the bathroom. The homeowner wanted the wallpaper in the laundry area only, and not in the bathroom. We decided it made sense to stop the pattern at the edge of the door molding, and in the short 5″ high area over the door.
At first I trimmed the left edge of the strip vertically the same as the design that was running down along the side of the door molding. But I didn’t like the little triangles of background off-white against the color of the wall paint (not shown).
So I got creative and cut the paper off along the zig-zag lines of the wallpaper pattern. This way, the transition looks a little more planned and logical.
I told the mom that it looks like her kids took finger paints to the walls!

Manufacturer is Ottoline . This non-woven material had body, but was flexible and soft. It was a delight to work with.
I chose to paste the paper , but you can install this by the paste the wall method, too.

Don’t Wanna Keep Smackin’ My Head!

May 7, 2022

The space over this cabinet goes back 2′ plus is only 5″ high. It’s gonna be really hard to position wallpaper, trim it against the ceiling, and press it against the wall.
I figured out something simpler and easier.
I could pre-trim the paper at the ceiling line, so there would be no need to try to reach into that narrow area with a straightedge and razor blade.
But I didn’t want to butt the next strip of wallpaper against the existing one, because the strip might not be perfectly plumb, and the wallpaper might move up or down the ceiling line.
By overlapping at the green zig-zag lines, I could tweak the paper if needed, to keep it straight at the ceiling.
Here I’ve trimmed a strip to match the design at the ceiling line. I also cut along one zig-zag line on the left, planning to overlap this to the zig-zag already on the wall. Overlapping will allow me to futz and adjust if necessary.
That one strip wasn’t wide enough to reach the far wall, so I cut another piece that matched the pattern at the seam, and, at 3 1/2″ wide, would cover the last bit of wall space.
Both strips are the right height, and won’t require trimming at either top or bottom.
Here I’m overlapping the wider piece on top of the third zig-zag on the existing strip of wallpaper.
No need to trim at the ceiling, because I’ve pre-trimmed the paper at the right design point.
Still need to cover that last 3 1/2″ wide bit.
Now that little 3 1/2″ wide piece has been put into place.
No trimming, no paste to wipe off the ceiling or wall or cabinet.
All parts smoothed against the wall, and good to go!

Sweet Floral in Baby’s Nursery

May 6, 2022
Two accent walls and a bump-out ‘column’ are primed and ready for wallpaper.
Finished!
This is a little more sophisticated than many babies’ rooms. But that’s good, because this wallpaper pattern will be suitable through many stages of the little girl’s growth.
The woven rattan light fixture is the perfect complimentary accessory!
The pattern is by Lake August and is called Nasturtium . That printing you see is the selvedge edge and has to be trimmed off by hand. The material was superior quality wallpaper and was really nice to work with.

William Morris Strawberry Thief in Houston Heights Breakfast Nook

May 5, 2022
Primed and ready for wallpaper.
Finished!
I love the way the light fixture repeats the red color, as well as mimics the curve of the birds’ bodies.
It’s almost like a hummingbird hovering over flowers in an English garden.
Strawberry Thief is a popular pattern, and I have it coming up two more times, in the same neighborhood, also in renovated 1920’s bungalows. Usually you see it in the red or navy colorway.
This is the first time I’ve seen it in this muted, pastel colorway. This color is available only from Morris & Co.
The symmetry and the fluidity of the design are very pleasing.
I’m seeing a lot of interest in William Morris designs lately. Many vendors are offering his originals, and many others are designing similar patterns. Dorota at the Sherwin-Williams in the Rice Village showed me two new wallpaper books with patterns reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau eras. See my post from April 17, 2022.
This material is very user-friendly, being a non-woven material that can be hung by pasting the wall or by pasting the paper.

Tech Perk at Work

May 4, 2022
The battery on my phone doesn’t last very long, and my Sirius XM radio will drain it in an hour, so I have to keep it plugged into the charger. Today I didn’t need to use my adapter, because this newly renovated bungalow in the Houston Heights comes complete with built-in wall chargers!

Nicely Packaged Wallpaper

May 3, 2022
To prevent the edges of this wallpaper from being damaged in shipping, the manufacturer packaged each bolt in a double-walled cardboard box, complete with foam cushions on the ends.
See the foam square in the upper left?
The brand is Livette’s Wallpaper .

Light Fixture Makes The Room

May 1, 2022
I’d like to claim that my beautiful wallpaper job takes center stage in this breakfast nook.
But the truth is that this stunning light fixture steals the show!
I love the way the butterflies compliment the wallpaper flowers in both theme and size.
The wallpaper pattern is called Hollyhocks and is by House of Hackney .