Posts Tagged ‘anaglypta’

Anaglypta Textured Wallpaper – Tough Day at Work Today

March 18, 2017

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This homeowner wanted to brighten up a drab bathroom (previous paper was a dark tan, with no pattern). She loves texture, and was thrilled to find this herringbone “man’s suit” pattern by Anaglypta.

This is an embossed paper, and the herringbone pattern is quite deep and tactile.

So all that was quite nice for the homeowner. What was not so nice for me was that the material was positively horrible to work with.

It was so thick and stiff that it was honestly impossible to unroll it, let alone lay it out flat so it could be pasted.

Even gentle handling could cause it to crease. Laying my straight edge against it could cause it to crease.

It was impossible to paste, book, and then table-trim, as one would do with a “normal” wallpaper.

I finally started sponging the back with clean water, which relaxed it enough to open it up, so I could paste it.

Once I got a pasted strip to the wall, it was not easy to press the hard stuff against moldings or ceiling, so it was difficult to get tight cuts in those areas.

Cutting around curved crown molding was a challenge – I couldn’t see around it or feel through it, so it was tedious going.

The seams showed a little, depending on what angle you are looking from, because the puffy texture of the herringbone on one strip didn’t necessarily line up with the puffy texture on the next strip.

The last pic is a shot of just this. The photo doesn’t look all that bad . … It looks worse in real life.

It took me probably twice the originally planned time to hang this bathroom. Let’s just say that I was there ’til way after dark.

The end result, though, is that it looks great. The homeowner loves it, and said that she is “beyond pleased.”

Still, I’d like to point out that there are companies that make textured, embossed, paintable wallpapers that are not such bugger-bears to work with. Most of these other brands are softer and more pliable, and will allow themselves to be worked around turns and moldings and etc. My wallpaper source (below) can help you find one.

I hung this in a guest bathroom in a newish home in Montrose (Houston). The wallpaper is by Anaglypta, a company that dates back to the 1800’s. The paper can be left as-is, or it can be painted.

It was bought at below retail price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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Textured Paintable Wallpaper Evokes the Age of Art Nouveau

May 21, 2015
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Here is another textured, paintable wallpaper, also by the Anaglypta company (#RD803). However, whereas the paper I hung yesterday in the same house was paper and had a waffled back (Anaglypta “Original”), this one is made of expanded vinyl. I found this one easier to work with, and I liked its performance better.

The pattern reminds you of the dados (area under a chair rail) that were popular in the early 1900’s, in the style of Art Nouveau.

I hung this on the bottom of the walls in a dining room in Oak Forest. Once it’s good and dry, it will be painted, and then the homeowner, who is quite artistic, will go over it with a glaze, which will stick to the lower areas, creating an aged effect. I will get photos of the finished room when I go back next month to hang some more wallpaper.

Addendum:  The bottom photo was taken three weeks later, when I went to do two other rooms.  Here you see how the painted and glazed faux-finish turned out.  In the whole-room setting, it looks fantastic!

Anaglypta Textured Paintable Wallpaper in a Hall Bath

May 20, 2015
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This week, I am working in a new home in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston. The homeowners have a lot of antique furniture, and much of the house is designed to reflect their taste.

In the upstairs bath, I hung this textured wallpaper, which is reminiscent of the pressed-tin tiles that were used on walls an ceilings a century ago. It is designed to be painted, and then that is followed with a thin glaze, which is wiped on and then wiped off, leaving a little in the recessed areas, which accentuates the texture in the pattern. It’s a really cool look, and much more affordable than the real pressed tin.

The homeowner chose the Anaglypta brand, which is pretty much the grandfather of textured, reproduction wallpapers. Other companies make similar products.