Posts Tagged ‘fur-down’

Disguising a Mis-Match Under a Fur-Down (Soffit)

May 7, 2014

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Digital ImageOverhanging fur-downs, or soffits, can cause a conundrum when two of them meet in a corner. In this case, the fur-down was particularly deep (almost 2′), and difficult to reach. The wallpaper pattern coming along on the face (vertical surface) from the right has to match the pattern on to the left. But this means that, as the paper is folded under the fur-down, the pattern goes off in two different directions, and will not match where the two strips meet.

Sometimes this is handled by splicing the two pieces together, drawing a line from one corner to the other. This is neat and flat, but it leaves a very obvious mis-match, and the double-cutting (splicing) required can weaken the wall surface underneath, opening the potential for the wall to break open and the paper to curl.

So, in today’s case, I did something different. I overlapped the pieces of wallpaper a little. There is a visible ridge, but it’s way up high in a somewhat hidden location, and, when the paper is dry, everything pulls flatter and less noticeable. But you can see the mis-matched pattern.

To minimize this, I took some scrap wallpaper and carefully cut out part of the trellis pattern. I lined it up with the trellis pattern on the underside of the fur-down, and – voilĂ ! The pattern mis-match still exists, but, because the lines of the pattern are intact, the eye tends to skip right over it.

As the paper dries, the ridge will become less noticeable, and the top layer of wallpaper will become more opaque, hiding the shadow of the pattern underneath.

Acrobats and Contortioning – Trellis Design in a Kitchen

May 4, 2014

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Digital ImageDigital ImageThis kitchen in the West University neighborhood of Houston has some very deep fur-downs (soffits), high up over the cabinets. They are VERY difficult to access, let along maneuver strips of wallpaper and tools.

In addition, the homeowner has chosen a geometric trellis pattern, which looks lovely in the room, but is a bugger to work with. The eye wants to see the same element of the pattern at the same height on the wall on every strip. But the face of the fur-down varies in height by 1/4″ around the room, and the bottom edge is not level, which causes the portion of wallpaper on the underside of the fur-down to twist and go off-kilter.

It is taking a lot of time and wrestling and patience and reaching, but, as you see in the other photos, I’m gettin’ ‘er done.

This kitchen used 14 single rolls of wallpaper, and took me three days to strip, prep, prime, and hang. The trellis design is in the Sure Strip line by York Wallcoverings, prepasted non-woven material made to strip off the wall easily when you’re ready to redecorate. I really love to work with this brand and this line.

Funny side note – This line is Sure Strip, made to come off easily. The paste I use is called Shur Stik, and meant to hold paper on the wall.