Posts Tagged ‘block’

Repairing a Printing Defect

September 5, 2018

This custom-made “Meadow” wallpaper by Peter Fasano was very expensive, so I was disappointed to find a good number of printing defects in the material. I think it is digitally-printed, which is equally perplexing, because that process is much more precise than screen or block printing.

Either way, I encountered blurred ink, streaks, streaks of red running through the black & white print, and voids, like you see here in the top photo. This is one that I didn’t catch when I was hanging the paper (and you get to a point where you can only replace so many strips of paper, or you won’t have enough to do the whole room). The homeowner spotted it a few days later, so I went back to fix it.

Replacing the whole strip was too complicated (for many reasons) and would have used too much of their left over paper, and splicing in a patch would have damaged the wall surface, leaving it open to the possibility of curling edges. So I chose to do a patch. I could have simply cut a patch out of paper that matched the pattern of the flowers in the photo, but that would have placed a somewhat thick patch on top of the exisiting wallpaper. This would have been pretty unnoticeable, but I knew it would look better if the patch were thinner.

So I soaked the scrap of patch paper in water, and then worked carefully to remove the paper backing. Most wallpaper is made of at least two layers – the printed, inked layer, and the paper backing. Once I wet the paper backing, I was able to carefully and slowly peel the paper backing away from the inked top layer. See third photo. This process is a lot more delicate than it sounds.

Then I cut this patch to match the design on the wall, so the patch (now called an appliqué) would be as small as possible. See fourth photo.

Then I pasted the appliqué and applied it over the flawed area. Smoothed into place and wiped free of excess paste, the patch is invisible. See last photo.

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Rounded Flame Stitch in a Heights Dining Room

July 10, 2016
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This dining room in a new home in the Houston Heights has traditional block paneling that reaches up 5′ high. In the first photo, you see the painted paneling, and the new Sheetrock above it. I primed the Sheetrock with a pigmented wallpaper primer (Ultra Prime Pro 977 by Roman’s), and then every surface in that room was – WHITE!

And it was – BORING! 🙂

In the next photos, you can see how wallpaper transformed the room. The pattern is small an tight and contains only two similar colors on a white background, so it is not busy or overwhelming at all.

But just look at how that little bit of pattern and color brings life to the room! And look at how the paneling and woodwork suddenly becomes noticeable and beautiful, once it is contrasted against the darker wallpaper.

The interior designer who helped bring life to this home is Stacie Cokinos. The wallpaper is in the Echo line, and is by Baker, a British company. It is on a non-woven substrate, and is a paste-the-wall product.