Posts Tagged ‘liner paper’

Typical Texture in a New Home in Houston

August 15, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageNot all parts of the country have texture on their walls, but here in Houston, we sure do. These photos show a pretty typical texture found on walls in newer homes in our area.

This style is called “orange peel,” but it’s much heavier than what was being used a few years ago. I don’t care for this style much, but it’s MUCH better than the old “popcorn” stuff that was popular in the ’70’s.

And, yes, the texture has to be smoothed out before wallpaper can go up. For one thing, the bumps will show under the paper, and it looks horrible. For another, you want the wallpaper to have a flat surface to grab on to. If texture is left on the wall, the paper can only stick to the tops of the bumps, and won’t have maximum potential for adhering.

Liner paper won’t disguise this sort of texture. Besides, it takes as much time to line a room as it does to skim float it. That’s my preferred method – skim floating with a layer of joint compound (sort of like plaster), then sanding smooth and then priming.

Voilà – a perfectly smooth surface for the new wallpaper!

The Azalea Trail and Wallpaper

March 11, 2013

I went on the Azalea Trail Home Tour today, put on every year by the River Oaks Garden Club. River Oaks is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Houston, and one of the fifth in the nation. So the point is, we got to see some VERY lux homes.

Three of the four homes I visited were traditional in style, and two of those dated back to the ’20’s and ’40’s. In these types and caliber of homes, you expect to see wallpaper in various rooms, quite often exotic hand-painted silks or high-end designer papers. This year, though, I only saw one room that was papered, a dining room.

It was a small diamond shaped lattice pattern in a light orange/red on cream background, and it was the perfect background for the setting. It looked to be one of the British papers. What amazed me, though, was that you could see the texture from the wall showing under the paper!

Granted, it was a very light texture, and I had to look hard to be sure it was texture and not a mottely color on the background of the paper. But, still, it was visible.

If I had done this job, I would have ensured that the walls were smooth before hanging the paper. It’s possible the installer did use a lining paper, as many of them do with these British pulp papers. But liners don’t completely hide texture, so other steps should have been taken to make sure the surface was as smooth as it could possibly be.

Just my 2¢. It’s possible the homeowner didn’t want to have the wall smoothed, and it certainly wasn’t glaringly noticeable. The finished room was lovely, tiny bumps or not.

I just wish there had been more wallpaper on this home tour!