Posts Tagged ‘bolt’

Flaw of the Day – Icky Blobs

August 10, 2017

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Danged blotches got on the printing press and tracked through more than a bolt and a half of wallpaper.

We were lucky with this pattern, though, because it had no repeat and no match. The ink blotch was on the right side of the paper, so I was able to trim 4″ off that side and still be able to use the remaining 17″.

With no pattern to match, I could butt the edge I had just trimmed up against the factory edges of the other strips, and everything looked perfect.


Color In Grasscloth Changes Abruptly

June 13, 2017

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Grasscloth is very popular right now, because homeowners love the texture and natural feel of the material. However, ‘natural’ equates with ‘irregular,’ and can lead to very noticeable color differences and variations in the product. Up on the wall, these can look pretty bad.

The photo shows how the color of grasscloth can change from the top of the strip to the bottom. It also shows how darker strands of fibers can be interwoven into the material, resulting in eye-jarring irregularities.

I had this homeowner buy an extra double roll bolt of wallpaper. This gave us enough extra that I could discard this strip with its ugly dark horizontal bands, and replace it with another that was more homogenous. The 2nd photo shows a wall with three strips that are pleasingly similar in color and texture.

Note that in most grasscloth installations, ‘you get what you get.’ Which is to say, if the paper comes off the roll with dark bands or defects or shading or color variations, you just have to accept it as “the inherent beauty of the natural product.”

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Hiding The Manufacturer’s Name

January 12, 2017

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This wallpaper was bought on-line from Walls Republic Wallcoverings. However, they are not the manufacturer of this paper. If you look at the bolt of paper on the bottom of the photo, you will see that Walls Republic has stuck their own label over the identifying information on the manufacturer’s label. The manufacturer’s actual label is revealed on the roll at the top of the photo.

A lot of retailers do this. It’s not a bad thing, but it is a little confusing.

Barely Squeaked By Today

January 5, 2016

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For some reason, the amount of wallpaper I asked the client to buy was not the amount that was on-site when I showed up for work today. We were short a lot. I won’t go into details, but through careful planning, the fact that the rolls were a little longer than normal, and a number of tricks I pulled out of my hat, I was able to get all the walls covered.

Usually, there are several feet left on each bolt of paper, which is good in case of need for repairs down the road. But today, all that was left was a mere 18″ of paper.

But we got ‘er done. Whew!

Flaw of the Day – Wrinkly Paper

December 22, 2015

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This wrinkled mess ran down the center of about 6′ of a bolt of wallpaper, definitely making it unusable. My guess is that it got caught up in the printing press somehow. Luckily, I had the homeowner buy enough that I was able to discard this messed up paper, and still have enough to finish papering the powder room.

This wallpaper is by Designer Wallpaper, by Seabrook.

Flaw of the Day – Ink Smear

December 1, 2015

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Look at 23.5″ on the left. See the line of blue ink? This stripe appeared sporadically through an entire 33′ long bolt of wallpaper. Some of the paper I was able to use, where the smudges were faint or would be positioned up high. But some paper was unusable, and had to be discarded.

This manufacturer is Hygge & West, and the pattern is called “Emily.”

Fabulous Faux Wood Wallpaper

August 20, 2015
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I love the first photo, because it shows the “before” (left of the door) and the “after” right of the door. You can really see how the wallpaper pattern transforms the room. In the second photo, the paper is turning a corner. The close-up shows how realistic the design is. Even the color is spot-on. I have seen similar patterns that had too much pigment in one area, for instance, so, from a distance, your eye was caught by globs of color. This one has a much more uniform, realistic appearance.

I did have issues with squashed edges for the first 4′ or so of each bolt, and the last bolt had these mysterious indentations poked into the paper. Another reminder of why to always purchase a little more than you think you need.

This wallpaper is by Beacon House, and was an expended vinyl product, which means it is thick and spongy and has a textured surface. It was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

If You Choose Grasscloth, Expect to See Paneling

January 16, 2015

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There is nothing wrong here – this is what grasscloth is supposed to look like. It is, according to the manufacturers, “part of the inherent natural beauty of the natural material.”

All of the strips in the photos above are from the same “run,” meaning, they were all made a the same time. In the second photo, all three strips came off the same bolt of material. As you can see, there are light and dark areas, and abrupt changes in color even in the middle of a strip.

Indeed, it’s pretty hard to avoid this look when using undyed fibers, because the ladies who make grasscloth by sewing the material onto the backing are just grabbing handfuls of grass and reeds from the pile, and the pile is made up of whatever they cut from the fields and marshes. Even when they dye the fibers, there can be very noticeable differences in color from strip to strip, and even within each strip (for instance, darker color on the outer edges of the strip). Most grasscloth is made in China and Japan, with better quality control coming from Japanese factories IMO.

People love textured wallcoverings, and grasscloth is very popular right now. I, personally, greatly dislike this look, and try to steer my clients toward the faux products, which are much more predictable in appearance. Many people say they understand and that they won’t mind the paneled effect. But once it’s on the wall, I think many of them are surprised at how extreme the color difference can be.

On the other hand, many people don’t even see it. When the room above was finished, this client, for example, said to me, “Julles, I know you said you don’t like grasscloth. What about it don’t you like? Because I think this looks fabulous!”

Flaw of the Day – Ink Splotches

August 3, 2014

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Digital ImageThese big globs of misplaced ink appeared in the middle of a bolt of wallpaper, and, along with some smaller smudges, ruined about 10′ of paper.

The brand is Norwall. Please, when ordering wallpaper, be sure to order a little more than you think you will need, to cover issues like this, and to allow extra for repairs down the road.

20.5, 27, & 10

November 1, 2012

Aviso:  Somewhat technical.  But it will give you a feel for what mental gymnastics we paperhangers go through every day.

There are two standard widths for wallpaper – 20.5″ and 27.” The 20.5″ wide bolts are 33′ long, and the 27″ wide ones are 27′ long; they both contain the same number of square feet, which is 56 (but you allow for only 44, due to waste in matching the pattern, trimming at the ceiling and floor, banged up ends, etc.).

Sometimes, the amount of paper you need to buy has less to do with square footage and more to do with the number of drops you can get out of a double roll (bolt).

On a job I’m doing this week, one narrow accent wall at the top of a stair landing, it’s a relatively small square footage – about 50. Since there are about 44 USEABLE square feet on each double roll, normally I would tell the homeowner to buy two double rolls.

But, trying to save the homeowner some money, as well as avoid unnecessary waste, I counted how many strips would be needed.  The wall is 45″ wide by 10’1″ high, and the wallpaper pattern she was looking at is packaged 27″ wide and 27′ long.  Two 27″ strips would be plenty wide enough to cover the width of the wall, and I could easily get those two 10′ 5″ strips (allowing 2″ for trimming at top and at bottom) out of the 27′ long double roll, with 6 feet left for matching the pattern, placing the main element of the pattern at a nice point on the wall, etc.  So, all she needed to buy was one double roll.

BUT…. When I got to work yesterday, it turns out that the paper that was ordered was not 27″ wide, but instead it was 20.5″ wide.  Now, this could pose a problem.  Two 20.5″ wide pieces side by side only equal 41″, and I had 45″ of wall to cover.  However, since the paper is narrower, each bolt is also longer, in this case, 33′.  Sounds good, right?  I should be able to get my three 10’5″ strips out of that 33′ long bolt, right?

WRONG!  Now we’re trying to get 31.5 feet out of a 33 foot long bolt of paper.  It sounds plausible.  But remember – we have to match the pattern, and not just on two strips, as with the 27″ wide goods, but now we have to match three strips, which takes up considerably more paper than matching just two.  And what about the banged edges, or ends of the roll that have tape plastered on them, that cause me to routinely cut off and throw away several inches or more?

In addition, I like to have the flexibility to be able to put a particular figure from the pattern at the top of the wall.  In other words, if the pattern has a monkey on it, you don’t want to have to cut off the monkey’s head!  Keeping the monkey’s head attached to his torso could eat up quite a bit of paper – and we have precious little paper in this case.

Luckily, this particular pattern is pretty much a bunch of swirls.  While I would like to put a whole swirl at the top of the wall, I quickly decided that it was more important to get ANY part of the pattern on the wall, rather than worry about a half swirl 10′ up.  It’s also not important to center any particular swirl on the wall, so that frees up a little paper, too.

This particular pattern spans the entire width of the paper.  If, instead, it were smaller and there were two or more of the pattern side by side on the strip, I would have the option of  splitting the strip vertically, being careful to keep an absolutely straight edge, and then splicing the pieces together, to make a full-length strip, which is what I did two weeks ago with some grey paper that had defects in the printing (see previous post).  Unfortunately, that is not an option in this case.

Depending on the length of the pattern repeat, I MIGHT be able to get the three strips I need.  With it so close, the only way to tell was to unroll the paper, measure out each strip, figure the repeat for all three strips and both matched seams – and keep my fingers crossed!

After carefully unrolling the entire double roll, measuring, marking, plotting, my consensus is that there WILL be enough paper to get my three strips.  There will be a lot of waste – 16.5″ wide by 10’5″ long, because the third strip will be only 4″ wide, but that’s how it goes.  Left on the roll, after I take those three strips, if I figured and measured correctly, we will have about four whole inches left!

Tomorrow I hang the paper, so tomorrow will tell!

Here is the pattern, by Graham and Brown: