Posts Tagged ‘border’

Laura Ashley Border in a Bedroom

July 4, 2018
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No, not many people are opting to have borders around the tops of their walls these says. But this homeowner loves the look, and she loves the sweet charm of the Laura Ashley designs. Even though (I think) Laura Ashley stopped producing home goods a while back, this home owner was able to track down some rolls of border by shopping on-line.

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Update for a Teen Aged Boy’s Bedroom

June 8, 2018


Stripes are safe, but they’re not very interesting. And the original border showed little children at play. Now that this young man is old enough to choose his own décor, he wants something that reflected his interests – boating and the ocean.

You don’t see many borders these days, but the family liked the look. Also, because the installer who hung the original border used a rubbery paste that would not come off the wall, sealing it and hanging the new border over it is much easier than retexturing the walls. The new border is wider than the original, which works nicely to cover the old residue.

This nautical look wallpaper and border are by York, in their Sure Strip line. The job site is in Baytown, a suburb of Houston.

Can’t Sell the House With Outdated Wallpaper

June 23, 2017

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The homeowners have put this Bellaire (Houston) house on the market, but it has not been attracting much attention, and the realtor says it’s partially due to the outdated wallpaper. My camera ate pics of three of the rooms, so you have only this mossy green stripe combined with a coordinating faux finish accent wall – topped with a topiary themed border. Gee – NO ONE is doing borders these days. The paper has to go!

So, today I am stripping off paper that I hung in 2001. I am proud to say that every wallpaper in every room I did 16 years ago is still in absolutely perfect condition, even in the humid bathrooms.

This job went especially well, since I used a good paste and because I had primed the wall with an excellent primer, oil-based KILZ Original. I was able to remove the paper in three bathrooms in just a few hours, with virtually no damage to the walls, because the KILZ protected them.  Because KILZ Original is oil-based, it will not re-wet when wallpaper paste is put on top of it, or when water is used to remove old wallpaper.

NOTE: The formula for KILZ has changed in recent years, due to environmental regulations. Wallpaper paste won’t adhere to it, so it is no longer a good primer for wallpaper projects.

In the second photo, I am stripping off top vinyl layer of the green striped wallpaper. The tan colored paper backing is left on the wall. In the third photo, you see the tan backing. I have soaked some of it, and the wet areas are a darker tan color. Once it gets good and wet, the paste reactivates, and the paper can be gently scraped from the wall, or, if you’re really lucky, gently pulled from the wall in large pieces. In the third photo, the white area in the center is where the paper backing has been removed, revealing the KILZ primer underneath. It was fun to also find my measurements and notes written on the wall back in 2001.

See the next post for a pic of the room with the paper off.  The realtor walked in and was very happy.  Next the painter will prime with a stain-blocking primer (like oil-based KILZ Original or Zinsser’s BIN) to prevent residual wallpaper paste from causing the new paint to crackle and flake off, and then paint the walls.

Clever Solution for a Border that You Can’t Get Off the Wall

July 8, 2016

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These homeowners had gotten tired of the border around the top of their bathroom. But some borders can be the Devil to remove. So this savvy lady came up with a simple and handsome alternative.

She painted the border to match her wall color. Then she added painted wooden trim around the bottom, to cover the edge of the border. I think it looks great, and you would never know there is wallpaper under there.

Another option would be to paint the border and the wood trim semi gloss white, to match the crown molding. This would give the effect of really wide crown molding, and look quite elegant.

Coordinating With an Out of Print Wallpaper Pattern

November 1, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageThis homeowner loved her kitchen wallpaper and wanted to keep it, but the top of the border was ruined when they fixed leaks in the ceiling (top photo).

The paper is decades old, and no longer available, and no borders could be found that matched the theme or color of the wallpaper.

Dorota (wallpaper sales person) found her this light tone-on-tone wavy design. I cut the 27″ bolt into two 10″ strips, and hung it just above the green line of the original border.

Keeping that green line was important, because it set off the border from the wall paper, and also disguised the slight color difference between the old paper and the new border (bottom photo).

The client loved it.

Dorota is great at finding just what you want. She works at at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet at Wakeforest. (713) 520-6262 dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com – Always make an appointment before heading over.

Wallpaper Gets Dirty – and Can Sometimes Be Cleaned

July 4, 2013

Digital ImageThis wallpaper is in a 30+ year old home in the Woodlands. It’s hard to see in the photo, but there’s a little whiter patch near the center.

The wallpaper had a dirty look to it, but I figured that was because of fading over the years, kitchen cooking smoke and grease, and sometimes the lack of a primer used under the paper or a clay-based paste, which can bleed through the surface.

I hung a new border over this old wallpaper. As I wiped my damp rag along the border to smooth it and remove any paste that oozed out below it, I was surprised to see that much of the reddish dirt actually wiped off. In fact, it came off quite readily.

This is rarely the case. But, since the paper has a light vinyl coating, it would be possible for the homeowner to go around the walls with a sponge or rag and some clean water, or possibly a light cleaner, like 409 mixed into the water, and LIGHTLY scrub the walls.

With 30 years worth of dirt and grime removed, the wallpaper would be brighter, and the kitchen would look fresher.

Cutting a Border from Striped Wallpaper

November 7, 2012

Borders aren’t as popular as they were some years back, but there are still many rooms where a border works well to complete the look. I, personally, don’t care for borders around the ceiling, but I do find that they work well at the 3′ height, in place of a wooden chair rail.

Usually the bottom is papered or painted a darker color, which works well because the darker color is “heavier” and works best on the bottom by “weighting” it.

That’s what I did today.  The top of the laundry room was papered in a cheerful yellow Thibaut paper with playful drawings of clothing.   The bottom 1/3 had been painted a dark green. Something had to go between the wallpaper and the paint. http://www.thibautdesign.com/collection/old_collection.php?productID=3874&patternID=691

Since this pattern did not have a coordinating border, the homeowner got the idea to find a striped paper in colors that went with the wallpaper, and cut a border from the striped paper.

So that’s what I did, and that’s what you see at above. Cutting the border from the roll of paper is a matter of having a sharp blade, a straight edge that won’t slip, a keen eye, and a fair amoung of patience.