Posts Tagged ‘league city’

Pink Horses for Baby Girl’s Nursery

September 8, 2021
The homeowners had this board-and-batten wainscoting added to one wall of the nursery. It compliments similar elements in other areas of the house.
Finished. The side walls are painted a very, very faint pink blush color – just enough to add warmth and unity to the room.
Horses! The mom-to-be had the manufacturer enlarge the scale of the figures, to better fit the size of the wall. That’s a nice service from Spoonflower.
This wallpaper is hung by overlapping about 1/2″ at the seams. This is not common, but there are several companies that work this way. I actually like it. It eliminates the chance of gapping at the seams as the paper dries and shrinks. And it distributes torque / tension on the wall cross that 1/2″, so less worry about a seam pulling up due to wall surface delamination.
This overlap does leave you with a bit of a visible ridge running the length of each seam. A little bit noticeable here, but less so on a busier pattern with less “blank” areas.
Spoonflower is a nice company. But I like ONLY their “Pre-Pasted Removable Smooth” option. I am not as fond of their “Pebble” – mainly because they can’t describe clearly what, exactly, it is. And definitely Do NOT get any peel & stick product, by this company or any other (see page to the right.)

This home is in a new subdivision in League City.

Lively and Fun Room for a Baby Girl

May 10, 2015

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The baby may be too young to groove on this accent wall in her nursery, but the parents LOVED it!

This popular wallpaper pattern is called “Petal Pusher” and is by Hygge & West. I have hung it several times, all in different colors. Today, I put it in a baby girl’s room in a new development in League City.

An odd thing about papers by Hygge & West, when the material gets wet by the paste, I guess it expands and stretches a little. I find that the pattern on the second strip matches the pattern on the previous strip at the top of the wall, but then begins to drop down as you go further down the wall. Getting the pattern to match required manipulating the paper so that, for example, 5″ of paper would fit into a space only 4 1/2″.

This stretching and expanding of wallpaper is typical and expected. But what I don’t get is, assuming all strips are pasted with the same paste and booked for the same length of time, if one strip stretches a little, shouldn’t the next strip stretch exactly the same? So, theoretically, the pattern on each strip should match up to the pattern on the previous strip. Yet I had a wrestling match with every strip, and more and more as I progressed along the wall. Good thing that this wall only called for five strips.

And, just like the last time I hung this paper (a month or two ago, blue on white), the inked areas absorb paste differently from the white background, and that causes the seams to curl a little – which then requires more work than usual to get the seams to lie flat – which can damage the paper.

Other than that, it’s a really cool pattern, and people love it, and it sure does give that baby girl something to look at!

Preventing White Gaps

February 28, 2015

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I am about to hang a finely-textured gold grasscloth with something of a metallic sheen in the space between these bookshelves, in a home office in League City, south of Houston.

I have smoothed and primed the wall, but noticed that a little of the original painters’ white paint has wrapped just a teenie bit around and onto the navy blue walls of the bookcases. It looked fine when everything was painted and you had white wall against blue shelves. But with the gold grasscloth going next to the shelves, there was the potential for a wee little stripe of white to show between the wallpaper and the navy blue shelves.

So I got out my Box of Tricks (paint bottles) and mixed two colors together until I got a pretty good match, and then used an artist’s paintbrush from Texas Art Supply to cover up the white line where the navy blue shelf meets the white wall.

This way, you won’t have any white wall peeping out from between the new gold grasscloth and the navy blue wood.

Gold Grasscloth on the Backs of Bookshelves

February 21, 2015

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This is a new home in League City, south of Houston. The builder had left the wall behind these bookshelves textured and painted like the rest of the walls in the house. The decorator, Christine Zuehlke, envisioned something to distinguish the shelves from the rest of the room. She found this tightly-woven, gold-colored grasscloth with a slight metallic sheen, which was the perfect fit.

The walls had a the spray-and-drag texture that is typical of new homes these days. This texture would surely show beneath such a finely-textured material. So, I “skim-floated” with “mud” to smooth the walls, sanded, vacuumed, and then primed the area. Once all that was dry, the grasscloth could be hung.

The sheen of the material is subtle, and a perfect backdrop for the home owners’ home office. Note that the grasscloth is all the same color. There appear to be color differences between shelf units – but that is due to shadows and lighting and the like. Viewed in person, the color is uniform, and the effect is very pleasing.

This wallpaper 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.

Cherry Blossoms Make for a Very Pretty Bathroom

May 10, 2014

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Digital ImageThis beautiful pattern is serene, yet just a little beachy, in the master bathroom of this League City home not far from Galveston Island. Previously, the walls were just plain boring paint, and the room felt empty and had no character.

I also put some light aqua & natural fiber grasscloth in an art niche just outside the bedroom door. The homeowner said, “I LOVE it. Now I want to find another room to paper!” (She did. 🙂 )

I spent four days here, smoothing the textured walls, priming, and hanging the wallpaper.

This pattern is by Schumacher, and was sold by Dorota at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village in Houston. She is wonderful at helping you zero in on just the right pattern, and her prices are lower than ‘most anywhere else. By appointment. dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com (713) 520-6262