Posts Tagged ‘richmond’

Grasscloth Wallpaper on Un-Straight Outside Corner

November 16, 2017

Digital Image

Digital Image

Outside corners are difficult, because they are virtually always off-plumb or un-straight. Thus, trying to wrap wallpaper around them can result in wrinkles within the strip, or an un-plumb or wavery edge, which is impossible for the next strip to butt up properly against.

Obtuse angles like this one are even more onerous for the framers. This outside corner ended up being quite irregular. I knew that it would be impossible to wrap stiff grasscloth around it without having gaps or wrinkles in the strip, and that the far edge of the new strip would be wavy and unsuited to butt another strip up against.

So I gave up the idea of trying to wrap the strip around the corner. I decided to end the first strip right at the edge of the obtuse angle. And then to start the next strip at the other side of this same angle / wall.

So I cut the width of my grasscloth strip an inch wider than the width of the wall. Then I hung the strip, then took a razor blade and trimmed off the excess the paper so the strip followed the contours of the outside of the obtuse angled corner.

For the next strip on the opposing side of the corner, I butted it up against a plumb line, which left an inch on the right side hanging over the obtuse angle corner. Then I used a new, sharp razor blade to trim off the excess, so that this strip, too, conformed to the undulations of the wall.

That’s what I’m doing in the first photo. It’s a lot more tricky than it looks, because you’ve got to cut so that the edges of the two strips butt together, without gaps or overlaps, or edges that got cut off too much, and without disturbing the lay of the grass fibers on the paper backing (meaning, without fraying the edges of the grasscloth or causing the fibers to run either up or down. (They should lie perfectly horizontal.)

The blue plastic tape is to keep paste off the surface of the other strip.

The finished corner is shown in the second photo. I think it turned out pretty nicely. And way better than having large wrinkles, or an edge that is too crooked to butt up against another strip of wallpaper.

I am hanging grasscloth in the home office / den / library of a new home in the Richmond / Fulshear area on the southwest side of Houston. The wallpaper is by York.

Candice Olson Jazzes Up a Home Office

September 6, 2014

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital ImageWoo-hoo! This is the third time I’ve hung this pattern, but the first time in this gold-on-black color. It looks fabulous! It went on one accent wall in the home office of a young realtor in Aliana (Richmond, Tx), who runs her business from the room, and also receives clients there.

This wallpaper will certainly make a statement to her clients!

The homeowner said, “Wallpaper is addictive. I’ll be having you back to do more rooms!”

This wallpaper pattern is by Candice Olson (of HGTV fame) for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Coincidence of the Day

July 31, 2013

I have so many coincidences happen so often, they don’t even surprise me anymore, no matter how odd or improbable. They DO intrigue me, though.

This week I am working in a new development way west of Houston, in Richmond, called Aliana.

Today I got a call from a couple wanting to wallpaper their baby’s nursery, and they live in a subdivision just a short distance from Aliana…in fact, I have to drive past their place on my communte!

Now, what are the chances of that?!

It makes it easy to bid their job, too, because I can stop by on my way home, instead of making that long trip back out there on Sunday.