Posts Tagged ‘wood plank’

Man-Tailored Linen/Stringcloth/Grasscloth in a Former Boys’ Room

February 23, 2019


This large 2nd floor room in a 1934 home in the West University neighborhood of Houston was home to two boys, who took it on a 20+ year ride through crayons, toy cars, sports, school projects, first dates, college entrance forms, and professional careers. Now that the sons are grown and gone, Mom is calling the room her own. She got rid of the dorm look and is going for something calming and sophisticated, with a farm-house twist.

On the ceiling, I hung wallpaper that looks like ship-lapped wood… Joanna Gaines “Magnolia” book by York, in their SureStrip line.

To augment that, the homeowner chose another York pattern, this soft brown / charcoal linen weave stringcloth. It’s a textured material that resembles the fabric of a man’s tailored suit.

It’s beautiful with the wood plank look on the ceiling, and creates a snug, cozy feel in the large room.

I wasn’t happy with the quality of the product. See my previous post about the mismatches at the seams.

In addition, the material was thick and difficult to trim, and difficult to turn around corners. But worse, whatever backing the manufacturer used sucked up paste like the dickens. I pasted the back and booked according to directions. Yet when I went to hang a strip, it didn’t want to stick to the wall. There was virtually no paste on the back … it had all been sucked up into the backing, leaving little on the surface to hold the strip onto the wall. The strips also had a lot of memory, and wanted to keep curling up.

Although the instructions said the substrate was paper, I believe it was a non-woven material. That means it was dimensionally-stable and didn’t need to book or sit for any period after pasting. I tried various installation techniques and finally settled on lightly misting the back of each strip with water , rolling it up and letting it sit for a few minutes while I rolled paste onto the wall (not the back of the paper). Then I applied the paper to the wall.

The misting relaxed the paper and stopped the curling, and also made the material more pliable. Pasting the wall made sure that paste was there to hold the paper to the wall, instead of letting the thirsty substrate soak it all up.

Even so, this has been a difficult install. The paper is thick and hard to trim, and there are issues with the seams that do not make me happy (see yesterday’s post). I worked an 8-hour today and only got two walls done. So I have to go back tomorrow, and the job will take a day longer than I had planned for.

The wallcovering is made by York. I usually like their products, but, like I said, I am a bit displeased with this stuff. The homeowner, however, loves it.

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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.