Posts Tagged ‘defective’

Chandeliers and Shadows

December 16, 2020

The shadowy smudges you might notice on this wall are not defects in the wallpaper, nor errors due to installation.

They are shadows cast by the chandelier.

Not convinced? Look up to the ceiling, and you will see that the smudgy areas are continued.

Trust me – I’ve done many a gut-wrenching job worrying that either the paper or my work were defective.

But all I had to do was to reach up and spin the light fixture around, to see that the dark areas were merely shadows cast by the hanging light.

Whew!

Reasons To Discard Paper / Reasons To Buy Extra

August 1, 2016

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In the top picture, you see a mark on the wallpaper, which is common with the first foot or so of paper as it comes off a new bolt. The second photo shows edges that got banged up during shipping. Sometimes these will flatten out as the paper dries, but other times I try to avoid using them.

The third picture shows a speck of black ink on the back of the wallpaper. I discarded this piece, because I feared the speck would show through the front side, especially once the paper was wet with paste. In the last photo, I am holding the paper up to the window, and you can definitely see the dot from the front side. Better to not risk using it.

These all reasons to purchase a little extra paper, so you can reject defective pieces, and still have enough to paper your room.

Flaws of the Day – Smudges, Ink Pinpricks, and One Big Blob

December 5, 2015

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Two of the three double roll bolts I worked with today had smudges like you see in the first photo, running horizontally across the back of the wallpaper. You never know if something like this is going to show through to the front or not, especially once the paper is wet with paste. So it’s best to discard iffy paper. There were also a number of tiny black specks imbedded in the paper here and there (not shown). Some could be picked out with a razor blade, but some just had to stay in place.

In the second photo, there is a big hard blob of dried ink, or something, that definitely is not acceptable. What’s sad is, I could have done this job with just two bolts of paper. However, I’m glad I had them buy three, because I was able to discard the defective strips and hang only clean, problem-free paper.

This pattern is called “Feathers,” and is by Serena & Lily, and on-line company. Aside from the defects, their paper is nice to work with and performs nicely over time.