Posts Tagged ‘wallpapers’

Mildew on Wall Indicates Moisture Problem – Somewhere

October 9, 2018


I have just stripped off a solid vinyl wallcovering that had been up for at least 10 years, possibly twice that. The entire wall was covered with mildew. The mildew was present just on the exterior wall; not any of the walls that connected to interior areas of the home.

Mildew breeds when there is moisture. This indicates that there may be a leak in the home’s siding, or a leak in a window on an upper floor allowing water to get inside the wall and into the drywall. Another possibility is that plumbing inside the wall could have sprung a leak, and also caused the drywall to become wet.

Because the wallcovering was solid vinyl, it trapped the moisture between the wall and the wallpaper, and that allowed mildew to grow between the two surfaces. I’m rather surprised that the mildew didn’t penetrate through the wallpaper and show on the surface. The drywall didn’t appear to be soggy or rotted or compromised.

Another reason why I don’t like solid vinyl wallpapers.

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Navy Denim Striped Wallpaper in a Boys’ Shared Bathroom

September 26, 2017

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The original wallpaper in this bathroom, which is shared by two teen aged boys, was a drab, mid-tone grey with little maroon “swoops” on it.  Not much to get excited about there.

The homeowner switched to this denim-look stripe pattern for the boys’ bathroom.  Everyone loves the new, more sophisticated, lighter and brighter look.

Look closely at the second photo.  You will notice that there is one white stripe that is narrower than the others.  The factory had a slight discrepancy during either printing or trimming, and thus the factory edges butted up against one another did not match the pattern correctly.

I didn’t catch this until I had papered most of the room.  By that time, it was too far into the game to make changes to the walls that had already been hung.

But for the remaining walls, which were all 24″ to 72″ in height, I took some extra time and hand-trimmed off the ill-sized stripes, and then trimmed new strips so that the stripes would match up with the aforementioned stripes.  If you are not following this – no worries.  I know what I’m talking about, and I was able to make the stripes on all the subsequent strips match up perfectly.  🙂

This wallpaper is by Designer Wallpapers, and was wonderful to work with.  The interior designer for the job (a whole house!)  is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs, assisted by Joni Karnowski and Danna Smith.

http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/

Fuzzy Stuff vs. Toothbrush

September 23, 2017

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See the fuzzy stuff on the edge of this paper?  This roll by Designer Wallpapers has shards of paper left by the factory’s trimming process.  If left in place, they could cause gaps or rough looking seams.

A toothbrush has turned out to be a handy tool for scrubbing off these minute particles of paper.

Trimming Wallpaper With a Selvedge Edge

December 20, 2016
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Many of the higher-end wallpapers come with an unprinted selvedge edge, which has to be trimmed off, so that the seams can be butted together on the wall. The first photo shows this selvedge, along with the proofs for ink colors that are used in the design.

The second photo shows my straightedge, razor blade, and some of the selvedge that has been trimmed off. The trimming process is exacting, tedious, time consuming, and not always as accurate as I want it to be.

The third and fourth photos have poor lighting, but look closely and you will see the deep red dotted lines forming much of the pattern.

This wallpaper was bought on-line from Grow House Grow, and I hung it in a rear entry in a Mid-Century Modern home in the Highland Village neighborhood of Houston.

Hand-Trimming Wallpaper

October 4, 2016
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Two wallpapers I hung this week came untrimmed, with the unprinted selvedge edge still intact. This means that the paperhanger has to take a razor blade and a straightedge and trim off the selvedge, following trim marks from the manufacturer, or an element of the design.

It’s tedious and time-consuming, and you have to be mindful of what you are doing at all times, or risk getting a crooked cut, or a seam that won’t butt together properly.

Usually, it’s the higher-end papers that come untrimmed. Hmmm… you pay more for the paper, but the manufacturer puts in less work on his end. Hmmm.

Pre Pasted Wallpapers

July 17, 2016
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Many of my paperhanger friends snicker at pre-pasted wallpapers, because they were originally developed to target the DIY crowd. But I love them*, and I’m not ashamed to say it!

They are much faster than papers that have to be pasted by hand, the paste is smooth and thin, and they slide around on the wall, offering optimum positionability. Here is have my water tray and towels laid out on the sidewalk outside a client’s home, and have already wetted my strip. It has been booked and rolled and left to set for a few minutes, to activate the paste and allow for expansion, and for excess water to run off.

I do roll a little extra paste on the wall, especially under the seams and along the ceiling and baseboards, to augment the manufacturer’s paste.

*Pre-pasted paper, that is. Most pre-pasted vinyl is …. crap.

Pink “Globetrotter” in a Little Girl’s Bathroom

September 10, 2015
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This wallpaper pattern is fun and sweet at the same time. The paper is by Clark & Clark, a British company, and is printed on a non-woven substrate, and was a paste-the-wall product (a little different from traditional wallpapers).

The pattern is called “Globetrotter,” and it has thin cartoon type drawings of famous structures from around the globe – the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pizza, Big Ben, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Great Wall of China, and much more.

I hung this in a little girl’s bathroom in a home in Tanglewood. The mother is an interior designer – Elizabeth Mann, of Haterous Designs.

Another Reason I’m Not Thrilled With Non-Woven Papers

August 30, 2015
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Wallpapers printed on non-woven substrates are becoming more and more popular with manufacturers. They are aimed at the DIY crowd, I think, because they are supposed to strip off the wall easily when you want to redecorate. (Although that is only quasi-true.) And they are often installed by pasting the wall, rather than the back of the paper, which is supposed to be simpler. (Whoever pushed that theory never put wallpaper behind a toilet or around detailed moldings.)

There are various types of non-woven substrates. I like the thinner ones OK. This particular one is thick and spongy. It’s hard to push into detailed areas or corners, making trimming difficult and imprecise. And the littlest movement or force can cause it to crease or become mashed. The crease in the photo happened when I simply picked up a strip of paper and the top half flopped forward. It’s likely that this crease will not be noticeable once the paper is up on the wall and dry. But, still, it might show.

Many of the thick, stiff non-wovens have visible seams. This one was thick, but it was soft, and I was really pleased with the seams – positively invisible.

Paris Map Wall Mural – 7’x5′ One-Piece Mural

September 11, 2013

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The wall was textured, so what you see in the 2nd photo is where I have carefully measured the size of the mural (not the paper it’s printed on, as the white border had to be trimmed off), plotted where it would hang in the center of the wall, and then skim floated just that area, to smooth the wall. Most wallpapers stretch when they get wet with paste, so I allowed for that, and left about a half inch around the outer edges unsmoothed, to ensure there would be no white showing beyond the mural’s edges.

I’m not very tall, so I was a little worried about managing the 7′ wide piece, but it ended up being fairly easy. There was some twisting and stretching, which would have been less if the mural had been in traditional sized strips or panels.

The homeowner is toying with the idea of having an artist paint a frame around the mural. This is the bedroom of a teen aged girl – who loves Paris! Besides the tufted headboard, there is a pair of mirrored bedside chests that will flank the bed. Pretty classy for a high school kid!

Black & White Wallpapers

May 29, 2013

Borrowed from the New York Times “Letter from London” about one woman’s love affair with black & white monochromatic decor.

I especially love the storm clouds by Cole & Son.  Who would think of papering a room in rolling storm clouds?  A friend from the National Guild of Paperhangers (NGPP) hung that paper recently, in an entry, and it was drop-dead gorgeous!  Take a look….

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/02/letter-from-london-monochrome-wallpaper/

Her blog is a good read, BTW