Posts Tagged ‘faux finish’

Coordinating Walls to Fixtures

September 21, 2018


This home between West University and the Medical Center was damaged by flooding from Hurricane Harvey a year ago in Houston. The homeowner loved her seafoam green toilet and pedestal sink in her powder room, and made sure to protect them during the renovation. She chose a wallpaper that coordinates nicely with the fixtures.

This faux finish wallpaper pattern is by American Beauty, by Brewster. It is a paper product with a slight texture from the raised-ink white sand-like specs on the surface. The pattern did have a match, and it was mighty hard to spot! Once on the wall, the seams were all but invisible. It will hold nice and tight to the wall for years to come.

This was bought from my favorite source for good quality, product knowledge, expert service, and competitive price – Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Incidentally, I hung the original paper in this home back in the ’90’s… all still in good condition. Except for the flood damage, that is. 😦

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Brunschwig & Fils “Bird and Thistle” in a North East Houston Powder Room

September 8, 2018


The homeowner loved this paper, and had to have it somewhere in her family’s new home in Humble, in far northwest Houston. The powder room turned out to be the perfect spot!

Originally the room was faux-finished in a heavy and rough “Tuscan” texture painted a dark reddish brown color. This classic wallpaper pattern changes the whole look, bringing an air of elegance.

The paper has a toned-down silver metallic look, with soft seafoam colored tree trunks, foliage, and birds on it. The ceiling was painted a coordinating soft murky blue, and the wallpaper coordinated beautifully with the tile.

It was quite thin. I like thin papers. The seams were practically invisible, and the paper was somewhat twisty – Sometimes that is good, because you can manipulate a strip to fit slightly off-plumb areas. But sometimes it’s not good, because warps and wrinkles can develop. In the powder room, this was not a big deal, because I never had more than three strips next to one another. But in a larger room with more strips hanging sequentially, it could be a problem.

This design is called Bird & Thistle, and is by Brunschwig & Fils, a British company and a higher-end brand. It was bought from my favorite source for good quality, product knowledge, expert service, and competitive price – Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Marbleized Trend In Wallpaper

December 18, 2017


I’ve had a number or clients express interest in patterns like this recently. A faux-finish or marbleized pattern.

I didn’t realize that this was a hot decorating trend, until I saw it in a nation-wide magazine.

This is a nice backdrop pattern. Nothing to jar the eye or steal the show … Just an easy pattern in a muted color scheme. A perfect backdrop for business or home.

Silvery Grasscloth Accent Wall in a Powder Room

October 15, 2017

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The dΓ©cor in this home in Bellaire is a sort of modern rustic, somewhat heavy, Spanish-influenced blend. The powder room originally had a nicely done faux finish, and it served well for 17 years. The interior designer had that painted over with a single color, and then had me hang this silvery material with natural colored grass on one accent wall behind the vanity.

It updates the room, adds just a touch of dazzle, and blends nicely with the stone sink and rustic vanity, and the new stone floor.

The interior designer for this job is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs.

Chutzpah For Your Walls

July 4, 2016

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It takes a lot of guts, and someone who loves to live large, to put a “Wow!” pattern like this in a prominent room in the home. This homeowner has it, and the dining room turned out super.

The original wallpaper was a gold and red faux-finish, with bold gold paint below the chair rail. The new pattern coordinates beautifully with the gold paint – and ads a whole lot of punch!

The wallpaper is by Fabricut, and is printed on a non-woven substrate, and is a paste-the-wall product.

A ’90’s Faux Brightens Into a 2016 Faux

June 3, 2016
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When this Bellaire (Houston) home was built in 1990, faux-finishes were all the rage, and this navy blue wallpaper suited the powder room nicely. Fast-forward 25 years, and the homeowners were ready for a brighter room. But they still like the faux-finish look, and, luckily, the style is still current. My favorite source (below) helped them track down this pattern.

The new pattern is very subtle, and difficult to see in the photos, but the soft greys and off-whites have dramatically transformed the small bathroom. In addition, the homeowners have added a new, modern style, brushed-nickel light fixture, and will install new towel rings and toilet paper holder.

This was pretty much a dream job; it had all the elements that make me happy. The homeowners were very communicative throughout the purchasing and installation process. I could park right at the door closest to the room where I was working. I had plenty of space and light and got good reception on my satellite radio. The homeowners had the pedestal sink and toilet removed, which made my job MUCH easier and saved me at least an hour, plus allowed the wallpaper to go behind the sink, instead of being cut along the top of it (which could lead to curling / peeling).

My clients must have heard about my preference to work in peace and quiet, because they planned a full day of activities, so I could have the house all to myself while I was working. And to top it all off, they are perfectly lovely people. Oh, and the paper was nice to work with, too. A very good day at work. πŸ™‚

This wallpaper pattern is by Wallquest, in their EcoChic line – one of my favorites – and 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.

You Can’t Hang Wallpaper Over Textured Walls

April 21, 2016
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The homeowners wanted a contemporary, textured look in their powder and master bathrooms, so hired a faux-finish company to create this striated look.

Unfortunately for all, they were not pleased with the look. They decided to go with wallpaper instead; one thing about wallpaper – you get a sample or look in a book and so pretty well know what the finished project will look like.

But, before the new wallpaper can go up, the walls need to be smoothed. This will eliminate ridges from showing under the new wallpaper, and will provide a smooth surface for the new wallpaper to grab onto.

So I “skim-coated,” or “floated” over the previous texture with joint compound (“mud”), let it dry, sanded it smooth, wiped dust off the surface with a damp sponge, and then primed with a clear penetrating sealer called Gardz (by Zinsser and available at Benjamin Moore paint stores). Now we have a good surface for the new wallpaper.

Note: The areas at the bottom of the second photo show some vertical lines – these are remnants of the striated surface below. The spaces between the ridges have been filled in with smoothing compound, and the whole surface is smooth.Β  The scissors is there to give a reference as to scale.

A Light Update, Medieval Feel

March 8, 2016
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This bathroom started out with a rose-colored faux-finish paper. Very nice in its day (it was put up 12 years ago), but the homeowners were ready for an update. The new selection is also on a faux-finish background, but the coppery-brown colors are more neutral, and there is a scratchy, weathered-looking medallion pattern that adds interest, along with a bit of an old-world feel.

The homeowner chose the paper partly because it went with her existing shower curtain (tropical, not shown) and window valance (floral, shown). But once the first strips of the new wallpaper went up, it was evident that the old fabrics were not going to work. (I knew that all along, but just kept mum. πŸ™‚ )

In fact, the homeowner agreed with me that the window looked better with no valance at all, just the shutters. Then she went digging through her linen closet and came up with a textured, cream-colored shower curtain that perfectly matched the color of the woodwork but had no distracting pattern; it looked great next to the brown metallic wallpaper.

The homeowner will keep her original mirror (sorry, no photo, but it is hand-painted and coordinates wonderfully with the wallpaper), and a very loved Medieval-themed painting of angels that looks fantastic hanging on the new wallpaper (sorry, no photo).

Changing What I Did

February 17, 2015

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I hung this reddish faux finish wallpaper pattern a few years ago on the bottom of the walls in an entry in a 2-plex in the Rice University area of Houston. Some workmen bopped the walls and caused damage to the wallpaper (Photo 1). I told the homeowner that I thought I could touch up the dings with paint, but she opted to have the whole room redone.

In Photos 2 & 3, I have started stripping off the original wallpaper. (See step-by-step instructions on a “How To” page on the right.) The top inked layer has been wet, and then pulled off, and you see a little of the white substrate still clinging to the wall. This layer gets soaked with a wet sponge, and it pulls off easily, with little damage to the walls. The main reason this went so well is because I prepped the walls with a good primer. When people hang wallpaper without a primer, removal can be much more difficult, time-consuming, and cause damage to the walls.

In the next shots, you see the new paper. This was hung below an oak wainscoting, and there was oak trim and oak flooring of the same color at the bottom of the wall.

At first, I was dubious about the blue color with the brown wood, but once all the walls were finished and I stood back and looked at it, it looked great!

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, and 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

Yes, Virginia, Faux Finishes DO Have a Pattern Match

December 1, 2012

Digital Image Whoops … It looks like the original installer (most likely the homeowner) didn’t realize there was a pattern match on this faux marble wallpaper pattern. Either that, or he failed to buy enough paper, so didn’t have enough “waste” to allow him to match the pattern.

He also failed to smooth the wall before hanging the paper, leaving little bumps showing underneath, and providing the potential for seams to gap. Which they were.

Digital ImageThe second photo is how the room looked when I finished hanging the new paper – also a faux finish. But I took the time to match the pattern. πŸ™‚