Posts Tagged ‘rasch’

Wallpaper That Looks Like Limestone

April 17, 2016
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When I first looked at this job, I had a flash of déjà-vu. I really think I put this paper on this laundry room counter top – many years ago.

Well, today I got to strip it off, and then replace it with something more subtle.

The new wallpaper is a textured non-woven material by Rasch, a German manufacturer. At first, I was not keen on the bland pattern. But once on the counter and wrapped down and around the edge, danged if it doesn’t look exactly and truly like a real stone countertop! Once it dries for a couple of days, a sheet of thick glass will be placed on top, to protect the paper and to provide a good surface for sorting and folding laundry.

The homeowner bought this 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.

Faux Wood Plank Paneling in a Boys’ Bath

April 15, 2016
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Shared by two teenaged boys in a country home in tiny Carmine, Texas, this bathroom started out with boring builder’s flat paint. The faux wood plank wallpaper pattern is rough and rustic, and the perfect choice for a boys’ bathroom with a window that overlooks a farm pond and a green cow pasture. O.K. – that sounds mundane. But if you could stand in the bath and look out through that window, as I did all day while hanging the paper, you would see how perfect this choice is.

It is also absolutely perfect with the tile, which carries the same hues of grey, brown, and blue.

I railroaded the paper (hung it horizontally), to create this interesting “cabin wall-like” effect. Gravity works differently with wallpaper that is stretching across the wall, rather than hanging down it, but the learning curve was easily mastered, and it turned out great.

This wallpaper pattern is by Rasch, a German company, and features a slightly textured vinyl surface bonded to a non-woven backing. It is a paste-the-wall product that was thin and pliable and nice to work with (as opposed to other thick, stiff, non-woven material). The homeowner consulted with Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby, who helped her zero in on just the right pattern and color. Dorota sells wallpaper at a discounted price. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

A Small Shift in Placement Makes a Big Difference

March 11, 2014

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Digital ImageI hung this textured snakeskin wallpaper in an under-construction home two weeks ago. Somewhere along the line, it got scratched, so I went back to rehang the wall today. It was printed on the new “non-woven” backing, which is supposed to strip off the wall easily. I have to say, it did what it said it would. There was no damage to the wall, and all the sheets came off almost entirely intact.

When I rehung the pattern, I made a change to the placement … The first time, I had the belly of the snake centered between the two windows. It always bugged me, because, even though the back of the snake was evenly placed, it seemed like the back was “more important” and should have been running down the center of the wall, not the belly.

So I took advantage of the rehang to move the positioning of the pattern, and moved the back of the snake over 7″, putting it smack in the middle of the wall.

It’s hard to tell from the photos, and I doubt that any person living in or visiting the room would even notice, but it sure made ME feel better.

The wallpaper is by Rasch, a German company, and was bought on-line.

Clever Way to Close a Gap

February 22, 2014

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Digital ImageHanging wallpaper around windows is tricky. You can put a strip above a window, and then put a strip of the exact same width under the same window, but when you hang the next strip, which will go from the ceiling to the floor, butting up with the two previous strips, you often discover that, no matter how meticulously plumb you kept the paper, or how much you twisted and maneuvered it, there is either an overlap or a gap.

In this case, there was a 3/16″ gap. The wallpaper was on a non-woven substrate backing, which is not very flexible or malleable, so I was not able to work it into place. Instead, I chose to trim a fresh piece and patch it in.

With this busy snake-skin pattern, you never even notice!

This thick, textured faux snake skin wallpaper is by Rasch, a German company. Pattern #42350.

Out of Africa and Into Houston

February 17, 2014

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Digital ImageThese wallpaper patterns went in a new home in the Galleria area of Houston. The snake skin paper went on the headboard wall of a master bedroom, with a textured silver wallpaper on the other walls (hard to see in the photo).

The zebra design went on an accent wall in a first-floor study. A lion mural is still to come…

Both papers were a thick vinyl material, textured to mimic real scales or hair, and were on a non-woven backing. The manufacturer is Rasch, a German company.

Clarification Please!

August 11, 2012

This was on the instruction sheet that came with pattern #768435, http://www.rasch-tapeten.de/en/search/?tx_solr%5Bq%5D=768435&id=106&L=1&x=0&y=0 a Barbara Becker paper by Rasch:

“Apply paste (special paste) directly onto the wall with a lambskin roller.”

Note that there is absolutely NO reference as to WHAT the heck IS this “special paste!”

So I punted, and used my regular paste (this time, it was Roman’s 838), and the installation went just fine.

I hope to have pics soon. This went on an accent wall behind the counter and display case of Gusto, a soon-to-be-open shop on S. Shepherd offering home made Mediterrean food ready to take home, heat, and eat.

I got samples today, and I can attest – these folks can COOK!

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