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Pretty Entry Today

August 24, 2012

Schumacher #5004122. Nice stylized nature pattern in light colors, with white furnishings accented by lime green – this really brightened up the entry in this 1950’s ranch style home.

http://www.fschumacher.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=5004122

 

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Closed Vehicle + Houston Heat & Humidity = Spoiled Paste

July 19, 2012

Mold or Mildew Have Grown in Paste Bucket

Once a bucket of paste is open, it’s subject to contamination by something in the air, the paste brush, etc. Add a little heat and moisture, and it can grow like crazy. A living thing, mold / mildew will continue to grow, even under wallpaper, creating a stain that shows on the surface. Powdery mildew can reproduce, causing the paper to come loose from the wall.

This happened quickly – I had used this bucket of paste just a week or two ago, and it was fine.

This $50 bucket of paste was still more than half-full, but I could not use it. Too much risk that the organism would continue to grow, ruining the new wallpaper.

I made a mad dash to the store (4 stores, actually, before I found one who carried this particular “non-staining, clear” paste, Shur-Stik Dynamite C-11, made for grasscloth), and got a fresh bucket.

Got three of the four walls done in the dining room, and they look fabulous. I’ll finish tomorrow.

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Cute Retro Kitchen with Vintage Wallpaper

July 18, 2012

Like I said in my last post, I LOVE retro and vintage!

Check out this cute retro kitchen. Note the use of old wallpaper next to the book shelf (photo #3) and in the breakfast nook.

A clever way to get maximum use of the wallpaper, without spending a fortune. (I know of two sites that sell these original oldies, and the prices are high, while available quantities are usually low.)

http://www.thekitchn.com/lauryns-bright-cheerful-retro-kitchen-small-cool-kitchens-2012-174212

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Commerce Coincidence

June 26, 2012

A wallpaper hanger buddy of mine (Don Dye), did a job a month or so ago in a loft-style townhome on Commerce Street in a developing area a bit east of downtown.

Don had transported some tape and materials for me, so I drove over to his work site to pick them up. This also gave me a chance to spy on my buddy and his job – which involved a 2-story wall over a fireplace. It’s always fun seeing how someone else works, his techniques, tools, materials, etc.

Well, last week I got a call to come look at a job in a new townhome a little east of downtown …. on Commerce Street. When I got there yesterday to do the bid, it turned out to be just one townhome complex away from where Don’s job was.

Small world!

Nice people, too, BTW, with some cool decorating ideas and innovative colors and patterns. It will be fun working on that job!

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It’s a Small World, Again Today

June 15, 2012

I was driving to a friend’s house, and a few doors away, out at her truck, was a lady painter friend of mine, Noel Gregory (a.k.a. Gregory), whom I had not seen in several years. Oddly, one other time I ran into her, I was driving and she was getting something out of her truck. 🙂

Anyway, it turns out that she knows my friend on that block, and they had even shared pet sitting duties for a neighbor. We had a nice few minutes chatting and catching up.

Then my friend and I were walking across the street to look at some neighbors’ new landscaping, and the neighbor lady saw me and exclaimed, “Oh, I read your blog. In fact, I found Gregory by reading your blog.” So, she knows this lady painter, too, and hired her because of reading my recommendation on my blog.

Just too small of a world!!

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Arrrrggggh! But Luckily, I Was Still On the Scene

May 26, 2012

Yesterday I did a very tedious 10-hour installation of Mexican Lotteria tickets – colorful and fun, but on very flimsy paper, and difficult to work with the paper and in the powder room, which was tiny and hard to maneuver in, plus had very unsquare walls and floors.

I had just finished and was packing up my tools when the homeowner came in to look. He loved it! He was so excited, he wanted to hang the mirror immediately. But it was the hooks were difficult to work with, and after several attempts, he decided it would be better to wait until later. I looked with relief to see that none of the paper under the mirror had been scuffed or damaged.

Until… the homeowner looked down to where his knees had pressed against the wall… Three areas of the wallpaper had been forced sideways across the wall, tearing, bunching up – arrrrgggh!

Luckily, it was easy to fix. I worked the mushed up parts back into place, and then cut out more Lottery rectangles (didn’t even need to match the pattern; any rectangles would do) and simply pasted them on top of the damaged areas. Absolutely invisible.

I am so glad that this happened while I was still at the home, and able to do the repairs while the paper was still wet, and without having to come back at a later time.

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Wallpapered Furniture

May 16, 2012

I’ve put wallpaper on furniture before, but this takes it to new levels!

http://artpratique.com.au/

Art Pratique

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Wallpaper Repairs – Double Up When You Can

May 9, 2012

Wallpaper repairs are usually small, and don’t take a full day. Couple of strips damaged by a water leak. Cat clawed and tore some grasscloth. Kids banged into a corner. Lamp fell over and gouged a hole in the wall.

I like to help people who need repairs to their wallpaper, but it’s tricky finding a day when I can do a small job, and not loose a full day when I could be papering a whole bathroom for another family.

So I often will try to do repairs on a Sunday, when I’m finished visiting clients and giving estimates on new jobs.

Or, like today, if it’s workable for the homeowners, I can try to do two or even three repairs on the same day.

Today I did the shorter, easier repair first. That way I was better able to predict what time I would be finished and on to the next house. I was lucky today, because the second homeowner wasn’t home and had given me a key, so I didn’t have to be there at any exact time. This second job involved three short strips and a bit of floating, and took 3 hours.

So, with drive time, working, loading and unloading the van, and a trip to Southwestern Paint http://southwesternpaint.com/, it ended up being a little short of a full 8 hour day.

I was able to help two families, look at new wallpaper books, hit PetSmart for parakeet seed and cat litter, pick up a few groceries, and still get home before rush hour traffic!

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Wallpaper and the 2012 Heights Home Tour

April 16, 2012

I love home tours, and go on all that I possibly can.

With the explosive interest in wallpaper these days, I was really surprised to see NO wallpaper in ANY of the six homes on the tour this year. 😦

On the plus side, though, one homeowner who uncovered some original paper during their renovation did save scraps and have them framed, and is displaying them as art throughout the home.

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Do Picky Paperhangers Get A Good Night’s Sleep??

April 13, 2012

My by-line for the Wallpaper Lady is “The Picky Paperhanger.” I like that, and my customers like that. And I’m proud that I do notice little things and they do bug me, and that I do take the time to fix them.

But, gee. I sure would get more sleep if I weren’t so picky!

Twice this week, I had jobs that I “could” have done from Point A, and they probably would have looked just fine, and the homeowners would have been happy. In both cases, it had to do with wall prep, and I just wasn’t happy with the walls at Point A. So I put extra time into getting the walls to Point B, which means nice and smooth and, as I like to say, “a good bed for the paper to lie in.”

In the first job, the builder had accidentally textured the walls in the room to be papered, so he had his workmen sand off the texture. Well, they did an OK job, and I guess I could have primed it and hung the paper. But the more I looked, the more I saw gouges, tears in the Sheetrock, rough spots, gritty spots, and areas where they hadn’t removed the texture at all. All this was going to show – ever so slightly – under the new paper. And, since the paper had a metalic sheen, any imperfections would show up even more.

So I decided to skim-float the entire room. This added about three hours to my day, but it yielded a perfectly flat, smooth wall, and the finished job looked great.

On the second job, the original paper came off fairly easily, and the walls were in OK shape, and I again could have gotten away with a simple primer.

But it kept bugging me, and I just knew the walls weren’t as smooth and flat as they could be, and that the job would look better and last longer if the walls were in better shape.

So I skim-floated this room, too. Float, wait for it to dry, sand, vacuum, wipe dust from the walls, wait for walls to dry, prime, wait for primer to dry, finally hang the paper. Looked great, and definately worth the effort. The homeowner was totally thrilled!

Now, what does all this have to do with sleeping? Well, for one thing, when I know I’ve done the best I can, and haven’t skimped or taken the easy way out, I sleep better!

But also, all this extra work takes extra time. In both these cases, I finally finished and left work at 9:00 p.m. Then there’s the drive home, checking phone messages and e-mail, watering the yard, fixing something to eat, playing with the (world’s sweetest) cats, and maybe a little relaxing before turning in for the night. A very late night.

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