Posts Tagged ‘laundry room’

Longing for the Big Apple

January 20, 2019


Originally living in the heart of New York City, these homeowners “got a better offer” and moved to Houston. In a nicely updated 1925 bungalow in the Woodland Heights, life for these two has changed for the better – but the wife still reminisces over the view she had out her skyscraper office window back in NYC.

She found this really cool wallpaper design, which depicts hundreds and hundreds of New York buildings, from tall to gigantic, from the 1800’s to the 2000’s, with many styles of architecture tossed into the mix.

Where did this cool and sentimental wallpaper go? … In the laundry alcove. But it’s not tucked away in the rear of the house … this laundry room is in the main hall leading through the house – which means that this fun and sentimental wallpaper is on view every time anyone walks through the house.

This wallpaper is by York, in their Sure Strip line. It is a thin, easy to manipulate non-woven material, and is designed to strip off the wall easily and with minimal damage, when it’s time to redecorate. This is one of my favorite brands, because it’s easy to work with, doesn’t tear or crease, it doesn’t shrink and gap at the seams, it’s easy to remove, and it will stand up to humidity, such as will exist in a laundry room.

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What’s It Like to Wallpaper Behind a Washing Machine?

April 19, 2017

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Originally, this laundry room had the White Wall Woes – too much of nothing. Once the wallpaper went up, the room took on warmth and a cheery personality. The homeowner, an interior designer, loved the way the pattern made the low ceilings look higher. And the color perfectly melds with the color of the woodwork.

What’s it like to hang wallpaper in a laundry room when the washer & dryer are still in the room? Well, you do a lot of reaching, squeezing, and contorting. Luckily for me, I’m small.

Because my ladder would not fit behind the appliances, I had to stand on the W & D (being careful to distribute my weight to the frame, not the center). This worked out because the ceiling was low enough that I could reach the top of the wall by standing on the W & D.

That took care of the top of the strips of wallpaper. To smooth them into place along the lower portion of the wall, I had to squeeze myself into that narrow space you see in the third photo, and work around all those hoses and wires.

This is a very nicely remodeled bungalow in the Woodland Heights (Houston), with a 2-story addition on the back. This room was in the new section, and it had about the most plumb walls and level floors / ceilings I have worked with – all important when dealing with strong straight lines such as these picture frames.

Nonetheless, I did have to pull a few tricks out of my hat, to keep the pattern looking straight around the whole room and against all the moldings.

This wallpaper is by Sanderson, a British company, and is called “Picture Gallery.” It is on a non-woven substrate and is intended to be a paste-the-wall product, but in this room with complicated cuts and narrow spaces, it was preferable to paste the material.

The interior designer (and home owner) is Stacie Cokinos, of Cokinos Design. All of the jobs I have done for her have been remodels or new builds in the greater Heights area of Houston.

Interestingly enough, I’ve had a number of queries and jobs about wallpaper in laundry rooms. It must be a new trend. I think this newish non-woven material will work well in a humid room, whereas the paper-backed solid vinyls that were popular for decades are a poor choice, due to moisture getting into the seams and causing curling.

And you just have to love the idea of doing mundane housework in a cherry, pretty setting!

Shiny, Shimmery, Sexy Silver Cork in a Laundry Room

January 19, 2017
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This wallpaper is composed of thin slices of real cork on a paper backing, frosted with a delicious silver metallic ink. Women love this dazzling paper, and I have hung it a bunch of times, in powder rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more, in several different color incarnations. In this home, the husband loves it as much as the wife! I hung it in a laundry room of a beautifully renovated home in the Runnels Creek neighborhood of far west Houston.

It is by Thibaut Designs, pattern #839-T-7047, and was bought at a below retail price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. A fellow Wallcovering Installers Association member hung an identical paper today, but it was by Scalmandre – I’ll bet his client paid a whole lot more for that high-end designer’s name.

Reach Dorota at (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.

Wallpaper That Looks Like Limestone

April 17, 2016
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When I first looked at this job, I had a flash of déjà-vu. I really think I put this paper on this laundry room counter top – many years ago.

Well, today I got to strip it off, and then replace it with something more subtle.

The new wallpaper is a textured non-woven material by Rasch, a German manufacturer. At first, I was not keen on the bland pattern. But once on the counter and wrapped down and around the edge, danged if it doesn’t look exactly and truly like a real stone countertop! Once it dries for a couple of days, a sheet of thick glass will be placed on top, to protect the paper and to provide a good surface for sorting and folding laundry.

The homeowner bought this 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.

Lucky Lady’s Laundry

October 25, 2015
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It’s a lucky laundress who gets to work in this utility room! This wallpaper pattern is named “A Twitter,” and it is quite popular – this is my second time to hang it this year! This color way is called “Winter,” and it’s all greys and taupes and blacks. It goes beautifully with the putty colored cabinetry in this room. The homeowners are going to add flat black door knobs and handles, which will play off the black in the chickadees and really set the room off!

With a paper-backed vinyl paper, you might worry about humidity causing the seams to curl. But this product is made of paper, not vinyl, and is much more resistant to humid conditions.

I hung this in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, in a wonderfully rehabbed older home.

Wallpaper on the Heights Home Tour

April 14, 2015

I attended the Heights Home Tour yesterday, which showcased six homes. My favorite was a new home built in a traditional style – meaning, nice decorative woodwork, granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile in bathrooms, no mid-century modern looks (which were popular in many of the other homes). And this home happened to be part of the Gallery Furniture family. And, yes, all the furniture in it came from Gallery Furniture.

Another thing I loved about this home is that it had fair amount of wallpaper in it, all very nicely hung. There was a cute pen-and-ink drawing of dogs hanging in the back entry hall. There was a beautiful silver cork with a white leaf pattern stenciled on it in the master bathroom and potty. Another bathroom had a soft grey wallpaper, the laundry room had a paper that looked textured from a distance but actually wasn’t, another room had a patterned grasscloth, and, finally, in the “man cave” in the garage apartment, there was a fine grasscloth over all the walls. I was impressed that this grasscloth did not display the color variations (shading and paneling) that is common, so it had a very nice, uniform, textured look.

Of course, hundreds of tour-goers saw those rooms and how lovely they are, and will surely be clamoring for wallpaper in their own homes. 🙂

Why I’m Holding Off on the Drop

November 12, 2014

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Hmmm… It must be a trend. This is my second laundry room to wallpaper in two weeks. 🙂 Note that because wallpaper often shrinks just a tad as the paste dries, to reduce the possibility of the white wallpaper primer showing at the seams, I have striped the wall with a dark blue paint, just where the seams will fall.

In the top photo, I have placed my first strip, butting up against the far wall. I measured and plotted the layout so that none of the birds would be cut off vertically in the corners. So, by starting here, I get full birds in both the left and right corners of the room, but I end up with a dicey situation right at the corner of the countertop.

The 27″ wide paper reaches beyond the 25″ wide countertop by just a little – and that little 2″ bit is very prone to tearing, not to mention, even if hung alongside a plumb line, it’s very common for paper to go crooked if it’s disconnected from its top half. So, I have left the paper booked (folded pasted-side-to-pasted-side), and sitting until I can get the next strip in place.

I hung the second strip butted up against the first strip. Because it was a full-width piece, it fell nice and straight right to the floor. Then, as you see in the third photo, I was able to carefully unbook the remainder of the first strip, tease it gently along the 2″ narrow space, butt it up against the strip to the left, and then work it into the angled section below the countertop.

This cheery “Daydream” pattern is by Hygge & West (http://www.hyggeandwest.com/). I have hung this pattern before, but this is the first time in this dark blue colorway. It went on one accent wall in the laundry room of a young family living in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston.

Love to Do Laundry?

November 5, 2014

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Love to do laundry? You would, if you had this pretty room to spend wash day in. I was lucky, too, because the washer and dryer had not yet been installed, so it was easy to get paper on all the walls, without having to work around heavy appliances.

This cherry trellis wallpaper pattern is #839T7649 by Thibaut Designs, and I hung it in a laundry room in River Oaks, Houston. The interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs, a designer I particularly enjoy working with, and who creates some truly lovely-but-livable rooms.

This is a whole-house remodel, and she is coordinating much of the decisions re paint colors, wallpaper (I’m doing three rooms in this house), cabinet styles, drawer pulls, light fixtures, all that sort of thing, and even lining up some of the contractors working there. Really takes the pressure off the homeowners, to have a designer who knows what’s needed and how to get things found, purchased, and installed, and all on time.

http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/

This pattern is a good choice for a room like this, which will have a lot of other things going on. The design is not busy, because a.) there are only two colors, and not much contrast between them, b.) the motifs are relatively tight, and c.) the pattern covers the whole field, without empty space between motifs, so it feels uniform.

For those reasons, this will be an easy room to wash and iron in, and, in addition, the classic trellis pattern will not go out of style. The type of paper is also good in a room that will have humidity.

See? See?? Why hiring an interior designer helps direct you toward the right decisions in both style and durability, and saves money at the same time!

Wallpapering Laundry Rooms a Trend??

July 12, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I put wallpaper on an accent wall in a laundry room (a cool retro ’70’s Disco sort of design, that was, BTW, featured on HGTV).

Yesterday I met with several homeowners to measure and bid jobs. Two of them were papering laundry areas – one in a garage and one in a closet.

What’s the point of papering a laundry room? Well, if it’s a space where you are going to spend time, it makes sense to make the space as pleasant as possible. For one of the homes I visited yesterday, the washer and dryer are in the garage. A fun, colorful pattern behind the machines would have a huge impact as the homeowners pulled into their garage.

I think all this is a very good idea! 🙂

Know Your Clients! Protocol

March 10, 2010

I had a potentially dicey situation yesterday.

I am currently working for a design firm, to paper a powder room in a nice home being updated for new occupants. I know the homeowners only as “the Joneses.”

The designer had asked me to also measure two other rooms, a second powder room and a laundry room on the second floor.

While I was getting set up to start, a woman came in and identified herself only as “Sue.” She asked me to be sure to measure the two additional rooms, and talked about her wallpaper selections, how quickly they could be shipped, and if they would arrive in time to be installed that same week.

I assumed she was a member of the design team. When she asked if I could recommend any places where she could find wallpaper, and especially stores with paper in-stock, I gave her my printed sheet that lists Wallpapers to Go http://www.wallpaperstogo.com/index.htm , which is about the only nearby place that still carries wallpaper in-stock, and also two other stores with which I deal frequently, Southwestern Paint http://southwesternpaint.com/ on Bissonnet and Sherwin Williams http://www.sherwin-williams.com/ in the Rice Village.

The woman also wanted to know how many rolls of paper she would need to buy. So I gave her my yellow sheet, which lists how many rolls are needed for each room, how many days to do the job, and my price for labor and materials.

BIG mistake!

Turns out the lady was NOT a designer, but the HOMEOWNER herself!

Now, when a contractor (such as me) is working for a designer, it is very important to learn their “ground rules” up front; how they like me to interact with the client. Some designers want the homeowner to pay me directly, and don’t mind if I talk freely with her. Other designers prefer that I keep communications with the homeowner to a minimum, not interfere with their decisions, not give my opinion on selections, and not discuss prices or payment. In these cases, when a designer is working with a client, she doesn’t want “meddling” to interfere with choices they have made. Also, since many designers add a mark-up to my installation fee, they prefer the client not be aware of this. Now, it’s perfectly all right for a designer to tack on a little, because, after all, this is how she earns her living, and a little commission on a sale is simply a way of doing that. They also like to deal with their own vendors, where they quite likely get a discount on the wallpaper, and then, frequently, do a markup on the price of the paper, earning a little more income the same way. This is all quite common in the design industry, perfectly acceptable, and should never be viewed as “cheating” or “gouging” the customer… It’s simply a way of making a living in a field that does not pay like a 9:00-5:00 job.

If you’ve read this far, you understand the goof I made. This particular designer had asked me NOT to discuss money with the client, and here I had gone and done just that Then I went a step further and even suggested other places where the client could purchase wallpaper. Some designers aren’t that touchy about this subject, but others can get quite upset, even angry. I certainly don’t want to upset the designer, nor do I wish to compromise either the relationship between the designer and her client, and especially not the relationship between the designer and ME… I very much want to continue to work with this design firm, and hope this one error hasn’t jeapordized that.