Posts Tagged ‘hall bathroom’

Cute Paris Theme for Little Girls’ Shared Bathroom

October 4, 2018


Most everything in this new home in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston is sleek and white. The homeowner wanted to add just a little pizazz to the hall bathroom shared by her two young daughters.

This Paris-themed design, with its pencil-thin lines and three-color palette is just perfect! I love the way the line drawing effect reiterates the lines in the shower’s subway tile. Charcoal grey, white, and just a touch of red are enough to brighten the room, without overwhelming the serene white color scheme. And it’s a fun design to look at. I mean, who wouldn’t love Paris – especially a Paris with a Ferris wheel?

The wallpaper is by York Wall, in their Sure Strip line, and is a pre-pasted product on a thin non-woven backing. It is designed to strip off the wall easily with no damage when it’s time to redecorate. In the meantime, it is thin and hugs the wall tightly, and the seams are practicably invisible. This brand is very reasonably-priced.

The interior designer for this project is Stacie Cokinos, of Cokinos Design. Stacie specializes in helping choose floor plans, finishes (flooring, countertops, paint colors), fixtures (faucets, lights, knobs), appliances, in new home construction and in remodel projects. Her look is fresh and clean, but very livable for modern families. She is a delight to work with.

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Stripping Off Old Wallpaper

February 14, 2018


This hall bathroom in a 1955 ranch-style home in the Briargrove / Tanglewood neighborhood of Houston was damaged by a roof leak during Hurricane Harvey. The contractor’s guys did a good job replacing drywall and painting the woodwork, but they fell short when it came to wallpaper. See first photo.

But this just gave the homeowner a chance to choose something that coordinated better with the decades-old tile that she loves (and that I love, too), and to pick a paper with more color and flair, that is more suited to her taste. See tomorrow’s post for that.

My first task was to remove the existing wallpaper. It turned out that there were two layers of paper, and, in some places, THREE layers.

In the second photo, I have removed most of the top (new) paper, which is the aqua trellis by Thibaut. I took it off by simply tearing it off the wall. Below it, you see the green savoy (small, tight, squiggly) by Waverly. Interestingly enough, I have hung this a bunch of times – in the ’90’s. 🙂

This paper was attached more tightly to the wall. To remove it, I had to first separate the top inked layer from it’s paper backing. You can see this in the second photo. Once the top layer, with it’s water-resistant acrylic surface was removed, it left behind a white paper backing. I used a sponge and bucket of hot water to soak the backing. It didn’t take long before the underlying paste reactivated, and then it was ready to let go of the wallpaper. You can see clean wall revealed in the photo, where the layers of wallpaper have come away.

In one area of the room, I got a surprise. There was a third layer of paper under the others. The top vinyl layer had been stripped of eons ago, but the tan, gritty paper backing was left on the wall. You can see this in the third photo dry (light tan) and soaked with water (dark tan). Once that tan paper backing got soaked enough with several spongings with hot water, the paste reactivated and the paper was happy to come away from the wall.

I was uncommonly lucky today, because whoever hung the original wallpaper had taken the time to prep the walls correctly. First, he skim-coated the textured walls to yield a smooth surface for the paper to adhere to. Second, he applied good quality penetrating sealer. This sealer might have been Gardz, a product that I use now, or another similar sealer, perhaps even a solvent-based (as opposed to water-based) sealer. His sealer provided a hard surface for the new paper to stick to, and also gave a surface that was resistant to all the water I was using to strip off the old wallpaper.

Check out the fourth picture to see the huge pile of wallpaper I pulled off this one small hall bathroom.

Once all the paper was off, the walls were in very good condition. There were no delaminated areas, no lifted areas, nothing that needed patching – just an amazingly intact surface.

I did a few little touch-ups to a few little areas (I wanted to clean up 60 years of grime collected along the top of the tile), and then rolled on my favorite wallpaper primer, by Roman’s, their Pro 977 / Ultra Prime. It’s a white pigmented primer, and is a wonderful surface to hang wallpaper on.

Fun Rainbow Fan Pattern in a Hall Bathroom

June 22, 2017

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Another all-white bathroom goes from dull to lively and fun, thanks to wallpaper!

This pattern is called Chou Chou, and is by Sister Parish Design. The substrate was paper, and it was a hand-trim product. It was positively lovely to work with.

The pattern, however, was NOT. Those rainbows look alike, but they are not. It was the Devil trying to tell one blue dot from another. Add to that extremely off-plumb walls, bowed walls, and an unlevel ceiling, plus the selvedge edge obscuring the pattern motif at the edges of the paper. I spent more time trying to match up dots than I did hanging paper.

The room had some tricky elements to it, too, so this install took way longer than I had anticipated or planned for. Let’s just say, the homeowners gave me a key, told me how to let myself out and lock up, and went to bed.

So it was a loooong work day (night). Still, it turned out looking fantastic.

This home is in the Galleria area of Houston. The interior designer for the job is Layne Ogden.

How Many Birds In The Forest?

August 21, 2016
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It takes guts to put a dark paper in a small room. In this small hall bathroom, this pattern looks super! What helps this black wallpaper work is the white tile floor and shower surround, and a black vanity with a soft grey marble top. There are enough light colored surfaces to balance all the dark.

What’s extra cool is that this home is set on about an acre, and all the land is planted with foliage and large trees and looks quite wooded. The homeowner also owns an aviary with several types birds. So this woodland scene is perfect!

This paper is by Witch & Watchman, and is a non-woven material and uses a paste-the-wall process of installation. I ran black chalk along the edges, to hide the white backing, and that made the seams disappear.

I hung this in a home in Hedwig Village (Houston). The remodel work is being done by a company I work for from time to time, Greymark Construction, who does mighty fine work.

Ditchin’ the ’70’s for Mid-Century Modern

April 10, 2016
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Hung in the hall bathroom of a 1963 ranch style home, this “groovy” blue & tan, large-scaled floral wallpaper pattern was considered quite handsome in its day. Indeed, this paper had seen its way through several decades in this hall bathroom.

Well, we’re 40 years older now, and it’s time for an update.

I love the new pattern this homeowner chose. What’s funny is, the new design is decidedly Mid-Century Modern. So it coordinates perfectly with the era during which the home was built.

Decorating has come full circle!

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, 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.

Brilliantly Colored Spring Green in a Hall Bathroom

April 7, 2016
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The homeowners stripped their old wallpaper off eight years ago. Well, since then, they never quite got around to buying or hanging new wallpaper. (That’s kinda like how things go around here, says the gal who’s had a chandelier sitting on her bedroom floor waiting to be hung since April 2014.) So this hall bathroom has been naked for eight years. Time to get crackin’!

The homeowners’ daughter is an interior designer in Kansas City (Tess Hawes), and when she visited Houston, she got things rolling by choosing wallpaper and paint, and then called me.

Stripping the old paper left gritty, sand-like paste residue on the walls. The first thing I did was to sand the walls to remove as much of this as I could. Then I skim-floated the walls with joint compound. Once this was dry, I sanded it smooth and primed with Gardz, a penetrating sealer. Photo 1 is how it looked when I left last night.

The lighting in the room was poor, so I didn’t get any good full-size “after” shots. But you can see the beautiful, vivid color of this paper, and the bird-and-foliage theme.

The bathroom had one window, that looked out to a magnolia tree, and, beyond that, more greenery. The spring-green color of the wallpaper against the room’s white woodwork, with the trees and foliage outside the window, was stunning. Crisp and cheerful and vibrant.

The designer had the vanity painted a cobalt blue, which looked fantastic against the lime green wallpaper, and played perfectly off the blue accents in the paper.

This wallpaper is by Thibaut Designs.

Murky Green Wallpaper in a Hall Bathroom

December 20, 2014

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Originally, this bathroom was papered in dark brown diamonds, and it had murky brown woodwork and cabinets, and brown granite countertops. It was a nice look, but didn’t suit this family with young children. The new pattern, a murky green with orange and brown accents, works stupendously with the brown woodwork, but is much lighter and lively, and a much better choice for a young family.

My photos don’t do the room or the paper justice, as the colors are not true. Believe me, the paper and the pattern and the woodwork are just perfect together. In fact, I realized that one reason I love this paper so much is because it is VERY similar to what I have in my own bathroom, by York Wallpaper, but a bit more blue, and a little darker, but also with orange flowers and brown birds.

This wallpaper is by Thibaut Designs, and the interior decorator is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/

Textured Grey Paper Modernizes a Hall Bath

December 13, 2014

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Here is a textured contemporary pattern in grey, that I hung in a hall bathroom in a ’60’s home in Tower Oaks (Eldrige Parkway & Fallbrook), a suburb of Houston near Highway 290 and Highway 6.

The homeowners had remodeled the bathroom, but had run into all sorts of snafus, and the project had run on for the better part of a year. When it came time for wallpaper, the contractor said he would have his guy hang it, but he never showed. So the wife called me. She left the cutest message … She is a native Houstonian, lived in Meyerland, and so, of course, knows all about me. How flattering is that?! The idea that I’ve been around so long, that anyone with any history in this city knows about me! I admit, I have not erased that phone message! 🙂

Anyway, the room was in pretty good shape, but some of the workers’ Sheetrock work needed sanding, plus there was some flaking paint. I could have hung over it as it was, but I thought it would look better if the walls were perfectly smooth, and I wanted to get rid of the flaky paint, to reduce the chance of the wall de-laminating and the wallpaper coming off. So I scraped off the flaky stuff, then skim-floated all the walls, needing just a very thin coat, which was nice because it dried faster than floating over a typical textured wall. Sanded, primed, and then got the paper up.

The rest of the house is pretty traditional, but this room has gone modern. The cabinets are dark, and straight-lined, with square silver knobs, and the floor is dark tile with grain-like lines running through it – very contemporary.

The wallpaper is by Rauch, a German company.

I have worked all over the greater Houston metropolitan area, but had never been to this subdivision before. I love seeing and exploring new places, especially neighborhoods. This subdivision has HUGE trees (hence the name), and the lots, likewise, are HUGE, with the smallest being 1/2 acre, and the largest maybe 2 acres. I saw one or two new, large homes, but the vast majority are typical ranch-style homes from the 1960’s, and moderately priced, too. … Well, there is a reason for that. They are not on the Houston grid, so do not have city services like water or trash pick-up, to name a few. Still, it’s like living in the country, but within a half hour of downtown. (IF they ever get done with construction on Hwy 290 😉 )