Posts Tagged ‘expanded vinyl’

Another Faux Bead Board Paintable Wallpaper

September 18, 2015
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I love this Thibaut hummingbird pattern so much, it hurt to strip it off. But the home owner wanted something more subdued for this powder room in a townhome in the West University / Medical Center area of Houston. The beaded board pattern she chose is made of expanded vinyl and is intended to be painted (although it’s OK to leave it as-is, too). It is on a non-woven backing, and is supposed to strip off the wall later easily and cleanly and in one piece.

It is by Allen & Roth, made by Graham & Brown, who manufacturers a lot of these puffy papers.

Speaking of puffy papers – the surface is very delicate, and can be damaged by even a fingernail. In the last photo, you see horizontal lines in the material. I never creased the paper, yet these lines developed during “booking” (folding the paper pasted-side-to-pasted-side and letting it rest before hanging).

I threw one full-length strip away due to lines like this, but these two strips would be behind the mirror, and we had a limited amount of paper, so I let them stay on the wall. Subsequent strips were booked, but folded only once, to minimize the chance of these creases developing, and then handled very carefully during installation. Still, the homeowner will have to be careful over the life of the paper, to not press any hard objects against the walls, as this could create impressions that will last forever. I hope that painting the paper will increase its durability.

The paper has a vinyl surface, which does not “breathe,” and will take a while to dry completely. Because of this moisture, it’s important to have a good primer underneath, to prevent damage from moisture getting to the Sheetrock. I suggested waiting a week before painting, to be sure it’s good and dry.

The homeowner mentioned painting the walls a sage green. This will be pretty, and will coordinate with other rooms in the house. This type of textured wallpaper also looks good with a glaze coat of a different color, to add shading. Then again, the room looks so darned good with the white wallpaper, it’s possible she may leave it as it is!

Textured Paintable Wallpaper Evokes the Age of Art Nouveau

May 21, 2015
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Here is another textured, paintable wallpaper, also by the Anaglypta company (#RD803). However, whereas the paper I hung yesterday in the same house was paper and had a waffled back (Anaglypta “Original”), this one is made of expanded vinyl. I found this one easier to work with, and I liked its performance better.

The pattern reminds you of the dados (area under a chair rail) that were popular in the early 1900’s, in the style of Art Nouveau.

I hung this on the bottom of the walls in a dining room in Oak Forest. Once it’s good and dry, it will be painted, and then the homeowner, who is quite artistic, will go over it with a glaze, which will stick to the lower areas, creating an aged effect. I will get photos of the finished room when I go back next month to hang some more wallpaper.

Addendum:  The bottom photo was taken three weeks later, when I went to do two other rooms.  Here you see how the painted and glazed faux-finish turned out.  In the whole-room setting, it looks fantastic!