Posts Tagged ‘bull nosed edges’

Outsmarting Bull-Nosed Corners

July 15, 2015
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Bull-nosed corners and edges have been the standard in new homes for, well, maybe 10 years now. They sure make it hard when the wallpaper is to end at that rounded edge, because it’s hard to cut straight, mostly because you can’t see or feel what you are doing.

The couple buying this new home in West University Place (Houston) worried that the wallpaper would not look good turning around the bull-nosed edges in their windows, so they had the builder add this wooden trim inside the window return. It looks super, and it sure made my job easier, because I only had to wrap about 3/4 of an inch instead of 5 inches. I still had to do some minor piecing at the top corners, where the arched top met the vertical sides. (The bull-nosed edge of the Sheetrock is at the far right, in Photo 1.)

In Photo 2, I am using my laser level as guide for trimming around a doorway with rounded corners. This worked great on the left side of the doorway – but not on the right … because that side was way off-plumb. So I relied on my home-made trimming guide (see other posts) to get a straight cut.

Photo 3 shows the finished doorway.


Grasscloth in an Entry, Bullnosed Edges

January 30, 2015

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Here’s one of those jobs that’s easy to look at, but you don’t realize how difficult and time consuming it was to hang. It took a full day to hang this one wall, with its recessed door niche, and the short pieces under the curved stairwell.

This product is grasscloth, and it helps that, unlike most grasscloth wallpapers, it’s particularly thin and pliable. This helps it conform to the bull-nosed edges and curves in this new home in Sienna Plantation south of Houston.

Bull-nosed edges have been all the rage in new construction for about 10 years now. They are nice to look at, lending a softer look to the home. But they are the devil to hang wallpaper on, because you can’t see or feel where you’re supposed to trim it, and because strips of straight wallpaper don’t want to conform to curved walls and edges.

But paperhangers have their box of tricks, and, even though it took a lot of time, I got this wall to look great. I still have three other walls in this entry to hang. I am allowing three days total for this job (plus another day and a half for prep).

Classic Wallpaper Pattern in a Dining Room Today

August 2, 2013

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Like most new construction in the ‘burbs today, this home had rounded outside corners (bull-nosed edges) and arches with the same bull-nosed treatment. These are much more difficult to trim around than standard straight 90* edges. This room had the one you see in the photo, plus a much wider arch leading into the entryway. I spent a lot of time – a couple hours – trimming around the rounded corners and the arches with rounded corners.

I think they turned out pretty darned well!

The homeowner plans to paint the bottom of the wall in a darkish grey paint, and will use brush strokes to mimic wood, which will make the bottom look like it’s made of fancy wood paneling (my suggestion!).

This wallpaper is EcoChic #DV40210, and comes in other colors