Posts Tagged ‘claw foot’

A Very Pretty Heights House Renovation

February 10, 2021
New drywall. I draped strips of protective dropcloth paper over the top of the wainscoting, to protect from splatters from my primer.
Notice the “raised ink” and the hand-painted look.

Recent updates reflect respect for the original feel of this 1920 bungalow in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston. There will be a claw-foot tub, as well as a very cool authentic vintage pedestal sink that the homeowner found on the side of the road, discarded from another older bungalow just a few blocks away. !!

Vintage-look beaded board paneling was added, along with hexagonal floor tile, both in a warm, muddy green that compliments the greens in the wallpaper.

The homeowner has a stunningly beautiful garden, and sought a wallpaper pattern that would bring the feel of nature indoors.

The top photo shows the walls as the contractor left them, in what we call a “Level 4” condition. This is optimal for wallpaper installation. No texture for me to get rid of, and no paint or PVA-based primers under the wallpaper. All I had to do was roll on my wallpaper-specific primer, Romans Pro 977, Ultra Prime.

The wallpaper is called Garden Party and is by York, in the Waverly collection (yes, reviving classic designs from the 1990’s!), and in their SureStrip line – one of my favorite products. It is pre-pasted, goes up nicely, hugs tight and thin to the wall, and performs wonderfully over the years, even under (mildly) humid conditions – such as a bathroom in an old house with poor ventilation.

The interior designer for this job is Stacie Cokinos, of Cokinos Design. She works mostly on new builds and whole-house remodels, and mostly in the Heights / Garden Oaks neighborhoods.

Working Around a Free-Standing Bathtub

March 10, 2016

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This master bathroom sports a lovely claw-foot bathtub that stands away from the wall. I have to hang wallpaper on that wall over the window. My stepladder won’t fit in the 4″ space between the tub and the wall, and an extension ladder would lean at an unstable angle. I could put a ladder in the tub, but it would have to lean against the window – naaah, don’t think so!

My solution was to cover the edges and bottom of the tub with a padded moving blanket, then use this 2’x4′ piece of 3/8″ plywood to span across the tub, and then set my ladder on top, making sure to keep the legs of the ladder as close as possible to the edges of the tub.

The tub is 400 pounds and very sturdy, and I made sure to keep my weight centered on the ladder. The set up may look scary, but it is actually quite stable and safe.