Posts Tagged ‘pintrest’

Playful World Map With Fun Animals for Baby’s Nursery

August 8, 2017

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Couples love this mural for their new baby – I’m betting it’s all over HOUZZ and Pintrest, and that’s where web surfers are finding it. This is the third time I’ve hung it, each time in a different color. The seams were much better this time, having been cut straight so there were not gaps of overlaps, and lying down better. (Search to read my previous posts.)

The mural came from Portugal, and was custom-sized to fit this accent wall in the nursery. The homeowner did the measuring, and he did a good job (as opposed to a prior install – read previous post), and the manufacturer also added a little around all the edges, to allow for trimming at the side walls, floor, and ceiling.

Now, if the homeowner had called me before he ordered that mural, I would have had him get it a little larger. The manufacturer’s guidelines allowed for a scant 1″ at the ceiling and baseboard. In a perfect world, this would be fine.

But in this room (in a beautifully renovated 1940 bungalow in the Houston Heights), the walls were not plumb, and the ceiling was not level. If I had hung the mural true-to-plumb, it would have started tracking off-kilter along the ceiling and floor lines, quickly eating up that 1″ allowance, and quite possibly ending up running out of paper at the top of the wall or at the baseboard. The same thing could happen at the corners, too. (That did happen on one of my other installs.)

Before I pasted a piece, I did a lot of measuring and plotting, to be sure I could position the mural so it would cover the entire height and width of the wall space. Much too complicated to explain. But, in a nutshell, what I did was to hang the mural off-plumb, but parallel with the un-level ceiling.

I started with the center panel, to minimize any tracking on either the left or right sides. I also made sure that the strips falling on either side of that center piece would be wide enough to reach the two wall corners, even if they hung crooked.

My strategy worked, and I ended up trimming off 1 1/4″ from the top, and 3/4″ from the bottom, on each strip. This meant that the mural was running parallel with the ceiling and floor, which was more important than being perfectly plumb. (Note: Usually you’re trimming off 2″ at both top and bottom, so today we were really cutting it close.)

Another complicating factor to this install was that, while most wallpaper widths are 20.5″, 27″, or 36,” these three mural panels were each 4′ wide. I’m 5’3″ tall, and my arm stretch is probably not a full 4,’ so handling, positioning, manipulating the pasted 9′ long strips was very difficult.

Additionally, it was important to “work clean,” because the surface is textured and it’s not easy to remove any paste that might get on the front of the wallpaper.

There’s more: My work table is 33″ wide, so pasting and booking the 48″ wide x 9′ long strips was a challenge. And the pasted strips, which I booked in accordion folds, were heavy and unwieldy.

All that mental plotting and physical gymnastics were worth it, though, because the finished mural looked fantastic, and the mom-and-dad-to-be loved it.

I have a pretty long lead time (4 months), but this couple called at the moment when another job had just postponed due to construction delays, so I had an open day and could get them done right away. That’s really good, because the baby’s coming, and the parents want to get the room furnished and decorated and ready.

I’m glad I was able to help them. 🙂

Another Baby’s Room – Third in a Row!

June 5, 2014

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Digital ImageI have done three accent walls in a row for couples having their first child. I’m honored to help them get things ready for the new little one. I think it’s fun to see what patterns parents are choosing these days – not all of them are “babyish” at all.

The one I did yesterday is a fairly formal damask in gold tones (sorry, no pics), and this one is a sophisticated horizontal neutral tones wide stripe. Last Saturday, I did a cute aqua-on-white dot.

This mother-to-be saw this idea on Houzz or Pintrest. Instead of the usual one accent wall, she wanted two walls opposite one another wallpapered. The stripe was made to be hung vertically, so, to get the horizontal effect, I “railroaded” it – hung it the long way.

In the second photo, you see the first strip is up, and the second is in progress. I am using a push-pin to hold the pasted paper in place while I move the ladder so I can position the next section. I did this along the wall until all the paper was supporting itself, then went back and butted the seams and smoothed the paper into place.

After the first two strips were up, it was easier, because I didn’t have to stand on the ladder, with limited reach. Once the wallpaper dries, the blotchiness will disappear, and the color will become a little lighter.

This is a pre-pasted paper (not vinyl) by Sanitas.

More Grasscloth on Bookshelves

September 21, 2012

Woo Hoo!  My latest grasscloth installation for Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs made the top line / second photo of her Pintrest KOL page:  http://pinterest.com/pamelahd/kol/

This was a beautiful copper / bronze / black grasscloth by Thibaut.

Welcome E-Mail from a Client Today re Searching for Paper On-Line

September 19, 2012

A gal e-mailed and said that she knows everyone is doing everything on-line these days, but that it’s too hard to shop for wallpaper on-line. Meaning, it’s hard to see the actual color, size, scale, quality, etc. from a blurry image on a computer screen.

I had a similar conversation with a gal with whom I visited on Sunday. She had found a lovely pattern by searching on the ‘Net, and showed me her Pintrest account with the selection.

But as soon as she scrolled to more information, I saw red flags. For one thing, while I know everyone wants a bargain, any paper that is selling for $20 or less per single roll is cause for question. The brand was another – one of my least favorite manufacturers.

The site didn’t list much information about the paper…info that I, as an installer, wanted to know, and that homeowners should be aware of…. Is it prepasted or unpasted? Is it pre-trimmed or untrimmed? Is it solid vinyl or vinyl-coated or uncoated? How wide is it? What is the pattern repeat? Is it washable? Scrubbable? Spongeable? How about strippable? Peelable? What kind of stock is it printed on? How thick is it?

I recommended that both these gals get to a brick-and-mortar store, and look at selection books with real wallpaper samples. That way, they could be sure of what they are getting. And ensured of a quality product for a fair price. Maybe not $20 a roll, but definately a good quality wallpaper.

My favorite place? Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet at Wakeforest (713) 528-5614 dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com

Textured Wallpaper on a Dresser

August 18, 2012

“Borrowed” from Pintrest….

http://pinterest.com/pin/8373949276807502/

Can’t say I love this (and the pattern should have been matched better, so it lines up vertically), but it is clever, and definately would fit into certain home decors.