Posts Tagged ‘countertop’

Messy Countertops Make Wallpaper Installation Difficult

December 3, 2017

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A week before I start a job, I send the homeowners information about the installation process and what things I will be needing. One thing I ask is that they clear toiletries, jewelry, paperwork, etc., out of the work area. Well, here are a few households that didn’t get the message. 😦

All this mess is hard for me to work around. And since I often need to sand, even if I cover these items with plastic, they are likely to get a little dusty. And they’ll need to be protected from splatters from the wallpaper primer.

Sometimes I’ll move things out of the way, and then you never know where they will end up – under the vanity, on the bedroom floor, on the dining room table, in the bathtub – anywhere I can find a surface to set them on. That gets them out of my way and keeps them clean, but it puts the homeowners on a search mission later, and they’ll have to try to put everything back the way they had it in the beginning.

Best for the homeowner to take these things out of the room herself, and stash them where she can find them when the wallpaper job is finished.

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Time for the Bubbles to Blow Away

August 18, 2017

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The existing wallpaper’s sphere pattern was easy to live with, and it went very nicely with the ’80’s era terrazzo floors. But the lady of the house was ready for an update.

The new grey quartz countertop started it off, and it goes very nicely with the terrazzo. Next, this wallpaper pattern pulled everything together … It combines the greys and tans of the countertop and floor, and adds some jolts of strong brown, and then just enough bright magenta to keep everything fun.

The foliage-inspired pattern has swingy movement and a youthful feel. The scale is perfect for this large, open master bathroom, in a home in the Fondren Southwest neighborhood of Houston.

Fireworks or Dandelion Heads ??

August 17, 2017

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No matter if you see fireworks or flowers, this light colored pattern full of bursts of movement really transformed this powder room. Originally, the room was papered a dark brick red color. It was so dark that I could not even get a photo, plus the paper had no pattern, so you have to wonder why they didn’t paint instead.

The homeowner searched hard to find a wallpaper that would coordinate with both her new grey granite countertop and the existing Saltillo tile floor, while brightening up a room that had been cave-like for decades.

I would say that she was successful, because this paper fills the bill in every way.

This home is in the Fondren Southwest neighborhood of Houston. The wallpaper is by York, in their Candice Olson line. The label said it was unpasted, but it turned out to be pre-pasted. I pasted the paper anyway, and was very happy with the quality of the paper, and how nice it was to work with, and how tight the seams were, as well as the overall finished job.

Here is How I Protect Woodwork While I am Priming

June 14, 2017

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I do a lot of skim-floating to smooth textured walls, so the wallpaper will be bump-free and have a smooth surface to adhere to. The penetrating sealing primer I like for this is Gardz, because it soaks in, dries hard, and binds the surface together. The downside is, it’s thin like water, and splashes and runs like crazy. There are tricks, like using a micro fiber roller, rolling in an upward direction, using light pressure on the roller, and paying attention to what you’re doing.

Still, splatters and drips will happen. And they can happen with other primers, too, as well as with paint or any other product you are rolling or brushing on a wall.

Most painters use a dropcloth to cover the floor. But I can’t stand the tiny “speckles” that fly off a roller and land on the shoe mold, baseboard, chair rail, or backsplash. Many people wouldn’t even notice them, but I do, and I think the homeowner deserves better.

So I protect the homeowner’s floors and countertops as you see in the 2nd photo. I put dropcloths down on the floor or counter. Then I cover the baseboards or chair rail or backsplash with an additional dropcloth, this time a thin flexible plastic-backed paper material. I use push-pins to hold it tightly against the wall, to catch any and all splatters and drips.

It takes more time and it increases my material costs, but it sure is a better way to treat the client’s home.

Swirly, Golden Floral in a Farm House Powder Room

March 13, 2016
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The homeowner’s selection was spot-on when she chose this soft floral pattern with an upward movement. The color perfectly coordinates with the tile and countertop in the powder room, as well as with the paint colors in the adjoining entry hall and bedroom.

The wallpaper was carefully chosen, not just because of the color, but because this powder room-with-a-shower serves both the elderly father whose bedroom is next door, as well as guests, so the design couldn’t be too girly or frilly, while tying in with the country feel of this new home on the family farm.

This wallpaper was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Sleek, Upscale, French, Elegance, Shimmer – All This In One Tiny Room!

February 9, 2016
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Please pardon the crummy pictures, due to poor lighting, a cheap camera, and why the heck did I move after I clicked the button?! Anyway, you get the idea.

This young family lives in a home in Bellaire (Houston) that is large and open and somewhat contemporary, yet has formal elements, like intricate moldings – plus a whole lot of WHITE. They wanted something to warm up the space, while being sleek and French-chic. This pattern is not by Candice Olson, but it could be – it has sass, glamor, glimmer, movement, and style, plus it coordinates nicely with the marble countertop in this under-the-stairs powder room. It added just the touch the homeowners were looking for.

This is a thick vinyl in a dark color on a white paper backing. I colored the edges of the paper with grey pastel chalk, but the third photo shows that you can still “kind of” see the seams. This is typical, and not a defect. Depending on where you’re standing and where the light is coming from, most of the seams are invisible. When the paper is good and dry, the seams will be even less noticeable.  And, really, it’s the kind of thing that I see, but homeowners don’t even know what I’m talking about.  🙂  The dark lines in the top photo are shadows from the lighting.

A wallpaper facelift is addictive … When I left, the homeowners were saying, “We’ll have you back soon, to do something with the living room!”

This swirly wallpaper pattern is by York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. Tell her what you are yearning for, and she knows exactly where to find it. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Smoky, Misty “Wood” Look Textured Vinyl Wallcovering

November 18, 2015
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This new home is contemporary in style, and everything inside is all taupy grey brown charcoal cream white. This subdued pattern, reminiscent of wood planks, in the same hues and shades, is the perfect match. I’m not big on contemporary décor, but when the first strip of wallpaper went up, I was just blown away by how good it looked against the countertop and how well it coordinated with the rest of the house.

This is a textured heavy vinyl material, with no pattern match, so it looks a little like grasscloth on the wall. The manufacturer is Elitis, a French company. The interior designer is Neal Le Bouef, of L Design Group (do a Search on Google, HOUZZ, and Facebook), a lovely and fun person to work with, and who designs rooms that are crisp and sleek but still warm and welcoming and livable. This home is in Spring Branch (Houston).

Why Is This Natural Stone Countertop Spotted?

December 10, 2014

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This powder room in Bellaire was just redone completely, including a new vanity and natural stone countertop. Every time a drop of water got on the countertop, it soaked in and darkened the stone. Once it dried, the stain disappeared. Still, what an icky appearance, for something the homeowner paid so much money for, in hopes of having a stunningly beautiful guess bath.

The reason? The stone installer did not apply a sealer. But don’t worry – he’s coming back, and will take care of this. It’s important, too, because, while water won’t stain the countertop, at least not right away, other spilled substances just might. And something like a broken bottle of perfume could penetrate the stone and the scent could linger for months.

I see this a lot, to be honest. I see granite or other stone that never got sealed, and the same for tile grout. All of them show spots when water splashes on them. Often it’s because the tile guys are too lazy to come back after the grout is dry, to spent 45 minutes sealing the floor. And most homeowners don’t know the difference, so they don’t realize they have not gotten their full value for the money they spent.