Posts Tagged ‘pre trimmed’

“Indian Flower” by Jasper Wallcoverings, Hand Trimmed Goods

April 5, 2019


The selvedge edge of this wallpaper had to be trimmed off by hand, using a paperhanger’s straightedge and a razor blade.

Once that was done, the paper could be pasted, booked, and hung, just like any pre-trimmed paper.

The manufacturer is Jasper, and the pattern is called Indian Flower. I hung it in the dining room of a home in the rapidly-developing area off the Grand Parkway and Birnham Woods, in the Spring area of Houston.

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Selvedge Edge Needs To Be Trimmed Off By Hand

March 24, 2018


The wallpaper mentioned in my previous post had an unprinted selvedge edge that had to be trimmed off by hand. I used my heavy brass-bound straight edge (not shown) as a guide. This takes a lot more time and precision than hanging pre-trimmed goods.

“Iconic” Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper

August 20, 2016

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This “Martinique” (French island in the Caribbean), wallpaper pattern is the exact same as was used in the ’40’s in the Beverly Hills Hotel – and on TV shows like Friends and the Golden Girls, and in celebrities’ homes, and on a Mariah Carey album cover, to name a few. I have hung it several times – it is retro, it is timeless, and people love it.

It is also expensive. And thus there are knock-offs. Most of the knock-offs are easier to hang. This one was not.

While most wallpapers these days come pre-trimmed by the factory, this paper came with a selvedge edge, which I had to trim off by hand with a 6′ straight edge and plenty of sharp razor blades. I spent maybe an hour and a half just trimming the edges off six strips of wallpaper. And the trim mark arrows printed by the manufacturer were not distinct, so it was hard to tell exactly where to cut, which means it was easy to get an edge that was not perfectly straight. That means you can get perfectly butted seams, but also what we call “gaps and overlaps.” In addition, the pattern was not perfectly matched by the manufacturer, so there were some slight mis-matches once on the wall. Luckily, the pattern is busy enough that these are pretty disguised.

The paper had a thick vinyl coating that was difficult to cut. The thick manila paper backing sucked up paste, leaving little to hold the paper to the wall. The paper backing opposed the vinyl surface, causing curling at the seams. I added extra paste, I added more moisture, I striped the wall behind seams with paste, but I still had seams that wanted to curl up a little. Usually, once the paper is good and dry, the seams give up their moisture and that causes them to shrink, and then they pull tight to the wall. By the time I left, most of the seams were tight and flat.

In the end, the finished wall looks fantastic, and the homeowner loves it.

I put this bright and bold “Martinique” wallpaper pattern on an accent (headboard) wall in a guest bedroom in a new home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

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