Posts Tagged ‘medallion’

More Pics of the Glass Bead Wallpaper with Bull Nosed Arch

November 13, 2015
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I tried really hard to get pics of the light glinting off the glass beads, but the photos don’t show it. 😦 What you can see, though, is the arched doorway with rounded / bull-nosed edges. It’s pretty tricky to trim wallpaper on these edges, because you have no definite edge for your trim blade to fit into, and because the wallpaper hangs over the edge and you can’t see what you are doing or where you are cutting. Cutting through those hard balls of glass made it all the more trying.

I have a special home-made tool that helps with that, as well as a laser line, straight edges, aviator’s shears, and a quiet, empty house to work in so I could concentrate and move my assortment of gear wherever I needed to.

It turned out looking great, and I was particularly pleased that the thick, stiff material molded to the rounded corners and held tightly without curling up. This is a young and active family, though, so they will need to take care not to brush against the cut edge of the wallpaper as they pass through the doorway. I can tell that this high-traffic area does take some abuse, because there are smudges and marks in certain places on the walls. If the paper should start to come loose, there are a few tricks I can pull out of my hat to fix it. 🙂

This medallion pattern is by Ronald Redding for York Wallcoverings, 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.

Purple Power in a Dining Room

February 25, 2015

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This dining room with grey walls (the color in the photos is off) got a major hit of color and personality from this accent wall with a silvery medallion on a very dark purple background.

The wall had a fairly heavy texture, so I spent most of the day floating, sanding, vacuuming, and priming. Then plotting the layout of the pattern, coloring the seams, etc. When I finally got to put the paper up, that part went pretty fast – probably and hour and a half, for seven full-length strips.

I placed the medallions at the top of the wall, and centered the motif so when the family places a buffet in front of the wall, it will look smartly balanced. It worked out that the medallions were intact (not cut off) and exactly the same width on either side of the wall. (See fourth photo.)

This was a non-woven material, and a paste-the-wall product (instead of the customary paste-the-back-of-the-paper).

Many of these non-woven papers are thick and spongy, and that thickness often makes the seams fairly visible (Do a Search – upper right corner.), especially on such a dark paper printed on a white substrate. So I used a special marker to CAREFULLY color the edges of each strip, from the back to avoid getting ink on the surface. This worked great, so when the seams butted together, no white showed (last photo), nor was there a noticeable ridge or difference in thickness at the seams, which often happens with thick non-woven papers. I am very happy with the way these seams turned out.

I hung this wallpaper in a dining room of a nicely updated 1964 ranch style home of a young family in the Meyerland area of Houston. 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.

More Glass Beads – This Time a Faux with More Sparkle

June 22, 2014

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Digital ImageThis large scale medallion pattern in subdued tones went on a long dining room accent wall in the home of a newly-wed couple in Oak Forest (Houston). In the second photo, you can see that the motif has glitter, when the light hits it just right.

This paper is on a non-woven backing, which is very durable and should peel off the wall in one piece, when it’s time to redecorate. I did two other rooms in the last two weeks in papers with glass beads. This paper is similar, but has no actual glass or sand components – it’s all synthetic.

I have to say, I like this the best of the three. It was light weight, was easy to cut and did not dull my blades or ruin my scissors like cutting through the real glass beads. There were no tiny beads falling all over the client’s floor or getting behind the paper to cause pimples.

I like the slight shading effect, too, in the medallions. But most impressive, I think this definitely had way more glitter and pizzaz, than either of the other two. Add a little side- or up-lighting, and that wall will really POP!

This paper is by Seabrook, Questex, pattern #SBK24448, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. By appointment. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com

Pretty Powder Room

May 30, 2014

powder roomHere’s another shot of a damask / medallion hybrid wallpaper I hung in April 2014 in a Clear Lake powder room. They will add a mirror soon.

Bye-Bye Frou Frou, Hello Sophistication

March 16, 2014

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Digital Image “Ribbons and Bows” patterns were popular in the ’90’s, but two decades later the look is tired and way too frou-frou. The homeowners live in Tanglewood and have a very traditional-with-a-touch-of-elegance décor.

The new wallpaper for their powder room has a dark brown background with a muddy aqua fleur-de-lis medallion. It’s much prettier than my photograph lets on.

Under the stairs, this powder room was configured oddly, and had three separate ceiling areas. Originally, two of these were wallpapered. I talked the homeowners out of putting the dark paper on the ceiling, because it crunches the ceiling down and makes the room claustrophobic. Instead, I prepped the overhead spaces for paint, and they will have a someone apply a color derived from the wallpaper – a lighter version of the muddy aqua in the medallion. That will tie the walls and ceiling together, and make the overall look very sophisticated.

Pattern Match is Off

December 19, 2013

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I knew I had matched the pattern correctly. The medallion is at the top of the wall on every strip, as it should be. What I finally figured out is that the background design, the mottled mini-print, did not correspond with the medallion. If I matched the mottly print, then the medallions would not line up properly at the top of the wall. And when I put the medallions at the top of the wall, then the background design did not match. The background had been printed out of sync with the main design element.

Maybe the manufacturer thought the mottled background was indistinct enough that it didn’t need to be matched. I beg to differ – I think it’s quite noticeable. However, the homeowners didn’t notice a thing, and totally loved the wallpaper in their new dining room.

The brand is Designer Wallpaer, by Seabrook, Pattern # JV 80107.