Aqua Blue Texture = Cool Tranquility

The walls in this large open office area were painted an ordinary, neutral, (umm…blah) tan. Around the ceiling, a dark border was the only added color and it was dating the area.
Then there was the beautiful bathroom sink cabinet and fixtures which were barely noticed against the dark red paint. The color also darkened the small room quite a bit.

The homeowners wanted to revitalize the area and decided on their favorite color, a soft aqua blue.  A heavy stucco-like texture was first applied to all the walls in the main room to add some distinct character. They kept the texture in the bathroom relatively light.

I just love, love, love, the new look. I can’t believe what a difference it has made.

~ So we start with the wall preparation. (It’s more like ‘demolition’.)

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Starting to prime the bath

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Voila. Bath is done!

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Another snap of the Bathroom.

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From this…

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To this!

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One of three window walls ‘before’.

 

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Love this color!

 

 

Moire

I recently got to work for a lovely older couple who wanted to change out their aging master bath wallcovering.
After removing the existing paper and border, then preparing the walls, I hung a liner to insure a smooth, fresh surface to hang on.
It has been a while since I’ve hung a Moire and it was a very easy installation.
Although the wall color is darker now, the bright lighting combined with all the other light surfaces, allow the solid color walls to pop.
It looks like a brand new master bath!

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Teal and Gold Powder Bath

I loved this paper so much I may hang it in a room in my own home. The dark paper was the original paper.
Although there was some prep work, I did not have to worry about much of it because the homeowner removed all the existing paper and took down the lights and other things from the walls. He did an amazing job, I must add. I then repaired some areas and primed the walls.
The paper went up beautifully although my photos do not capture the finished look as well as I had wished.

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More ‘Old World’ Walls

I have added a couple of areas to a job I worked on previously. This job is a work in progress and done for one of my favorite customers! – I have been very fortunate to have the most amazing clients in my career, so actually ALL my customers are my favorite 🙂

The rustic Mediterranean finish was achieved by heavily layering a faux plaster mix on the walls, then washing color on it to simulate aged stucco. At a later date, I will be painting grape vines above the arches and trail them down the sides. I can’t wait to see this space when it’s completed!

Until next time, have an awesome day.

Michelle

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Back At The Horse Farm

I’m finally getting to post some pictures up of this job. I worked quite a while at this home and then I went right into a few more jobs so I couldn’t get my pictures sorted and sized for my Blog. I do not have all of them ready but I think this sampling will be plenty.

Considering the walls and rooms look pretty easy, the job was a bit slow. All the rooms had major wall prep issues to deal with. The main areas and halls had textured, glossy paint on them and the paper for those areas was very thin. That wallcovering also needed to be hand trimmed on both sides, which is a slow process. The bedrooms and baths had paper on them that did not want to come off. I took care of each room in the way that best suited the situation and hung lining paper in every one of them before installing any of the wallpapers.

The paper used in both foyer areas and all the hallways is by ‘JuJu Papers’. This pattern is Sisters Of The Sun and the colorway is gold on cream. Owner Avery Thatcher is wonderful to work with and shipped very quickly, considering this is a hand printed material and made to order. Please check out the website if you are looking for some eclectic patterns that will go with almost any décor or style.

JuJu Papers is environmentally responsible in every possible way.

My client thought her rooms looked very ‘happy’ when all the papers were up. I think she’s right!

HERE IS THE PAPER FOR BOTH FOYER AREAS AND ALL THE HALLS:

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I TOOK THESE TWO PICTURES THE DAY I MEASURED. NOTICE THE WOOD IS PAINTED WHITE AND THE CEILING IS LIGHT BLUE. I DID LIGHTEN THESE UP A BIT. THE WALLS ARE 9′ UP TO THE MOLDING.

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THEY HAD THE HALLWAY CEILINGS (AND MAIN LIVING AREA CEILING) PAINTED AQUA, AND THE WOOD A DARK BEIGE.

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AFTER:

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THIS IS THE HOW THE FOYER LOOKED BEFORE I STARTED:

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ALL PHOTOS BELOW ARE VARIOUS SHOTS OF THE WALLPAPERED FOYERS. YOU CAN SEE ONE OF THE HALLWAYS A LITTLE. THE HALLS WERE HARD FOR ME TO PHOTOGRAPH BECAUSE OF THE LIGHTING.

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A GUEST BEDROOM:

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Above is the paper that was on the bedroom walls prior to the red pattern.

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BATHROOMS:

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‘Hip Hop Grill’ 54″ Vinyl In A Theater Room

All of the walls were textured heavily, and painted, which required lots of priming and floating. The material is a heavy type ll commercial grade vinyl. It comes in 54” wide bolts and is sold by the yard. A 30 yard bolt is usually the largest size packaged at once. If you need 45 yards you would be sent a 30 yard and a 15 yard bolt. However they are not only wide but fairly heavy, making it difficult to handle. Normally you have to overlap the edges and, in this case, match it up precisely, then cut away the excess and make sure the seams go together without showing. To make it a bit more challenging, the instructions called for reversing each strip. Because it’s a geometric pattern I had other challenges as well. Of course there is much more to it which is why a professional installer is mandatory.

To sum it all up: my client’s theater room looks amazing and this pattern will be relevant for years to come.

Latasha and Tim if you read this I want you to know all my wallcovering friends really liked this material and the way your room turned out. Great choice!

I loved working for you – thanks for making my job a joy.

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The wall below is the one that was added to transform the room from an open game room into a theater room. If I can get pictures once the room is completed I will add them to my Blog at that time.

The furniture was moved out into the hall.

*The furniture was moved out into the hall to make it easier for me to get around and set up my equipment. .

From Dark Stripes to A Light Grey Hall Bath

This was a fairly straight-forward paper to hang. The stripe was previously installed in the sink area along with the faux finish blue which had been hung in the tub area.. I soon got rid of those! Having both areas done in the same paper makes the bathroom look larger and less chopped up.

The updated look is very nice and gives this bathroom a totally different, more contemporary feel.

Material Information: Graham & Brown, Mercutio Plain – Grey

My clients were sooo nice….they even gave me fresh ground coffee to take home 🙂

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AFTER:

(I had to place some folded material under the light fixture while the paper dried so the weight of the fixture did not mark the paper.)

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Revisiting The Horse Farm’s Master Bath

A while ago I posted some photos of a job I had finished at a Horse Farm near me.

The room originally had glossy, lime green paint on the upper third of the walls and was covered with chicken wire. In farm-house fashion and with the bead board below, it was an eclectic mix of kitsch and country.

Here is the link to those pictures:

https://apaperhangersblog.com/2015/01/31/rustic-master-bath-horse-ranch/

When I began tearing off the chicken wire and needed my wire cutter…and work gloves (which I had left at home), I REALLY began to think it should not be changed out.

Well, the deed was done and the new Ralph Lauren paper went up. Because it was an Equestrian themed paper it definitely fit the décor and gave the space a more formal feel.

It is sometimes difficult to see the whole ‘picture’ when everything in the room is still in disarray, but this is how I usually walk off a job. The furniture is put back, the window treatments rehung and all the accessories are displayed after I am gone.

When they called me back to measure for some more work recently, I asked the homeowner’s permission to take some pictures of the room all dressed out. I am so glad I got to share these because she is an awesome decorator – worthy of Southern Living Magazine – don’t you think?

Once again, to all the photographers out there, I do apologize about my photography skills. I am a Wallcovering Installer. We can’t all be good at everything  🙂

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A Bright Contemporary Entryway

This Houston home was built in the late 1970’s and not one wall was straight. Some of the smaller areas were off by an inch from the bottom width of the wall, to top of the door frame, making a geometric pattern quite a challenge to hang. I did use a few ‘tricks’ to compensate where possible. Overall the room looks amazing. A great choice in wallpaper to match their grey, painted, wood paneling in the den.

Not shown: I also hung this same material in two bookcase areas in the den. One area held their TV and the other had shelves. It added a bit of pizzaz to the fireplace wall it was on and tied the whole look together giving an older home the face lift it needed for this young couple.

Info: Thibaut wallcovering pattern named ‘Ikat’. Shown here in the grey and white colorway.

You can reach me at: Paperhnger@aol.com  (Yes, their is an ‘a’ missing)

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Mural Surrounded with Faux Weathered Plaster

This entryway went from ordinary painted walls to a

stunning masterpiece with an Old World feel!

The hand of God reaching out to Adam’s – (from Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’) is the centerpiece of the stairway wall. Surrounding it is a faux weathered Venetian style plaster. It was troweled on a bit more heavily than usual so we could see the depth of the plaster. 

A few days and many processes and applications later the area is no longer a generic entryway! The results were quite spectacular – extending around the corners, up over a doorway, then down the other side – framing out the entrance into the living area.  Unfortunately these photos do not show the depth of character and actual texture of the plaster. The overall appearance here is muted.

This room is definitely something that needs to be seen and experienced in person.

Questions? Need to schedule a consultation? You can scroll to the bottom of this post to contact me!

***Here is some of the finished area, but see below for more of the process***

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Above:  One of several applications of paint, glaze or sealer.

Below: Notice that I applied the faux material to the wall plug cover, painting it to match the wall.

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If you look closely you will see the blue undertones that show through slightly around the outside of the mural area. I also added some cracks in the plaster in various places. These are sculpted into the plaster and painted.

More photos to come ~ In the meantime

Ciao,
Michelle
 

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