I am temporarily out of commission 😦
To all my fantastic customers and future clients, I need to keep you updated on my absence from work. (I would not classify what I do for a living as ‘work’ – I truly love the career I chose), however, I am MIA temporarily due to surgery.
I recently underwent an ACDF procedure, involving bone grafting (fusing), and plating two sections of my cervical spine.
I was truly not prepared for the surgery or the extended time off from life.
I know a couple of my very good customers have been waiting on me to return and finish their jobs, and I am grateful you have been so loyal.
However I do not want you to wait and I will make arraignments for someone else to complete your work (or start it) if you would like.
– I truly understand!
Joe, I will be calling you 🙂
I am doing all I can to heal, while sticking to my weight limits and post-op instructions. I was told several times, I could return to work as soon as I felt like I could do my job…until I said, “I hang wallpaper for a living and it’s pretty physical”.
I will post more here, as my recovery progresses, and let you know when I am Back In Business! And please reach out if you need to find another installer / or muralist.
I wish everyone an amazing 2020!
I am a professional wallcovering installer who also happens to be an artist.
My work area is in and around Cypress Texas.
Besides hanging paper, I hand paint murals and have done decorative painting techniques such as faux plaster. I started hanging paper as an apprentice, learning from two women who were both perfectionists. Installing wallcoverings is a craft which is dying and that makes me sad. I am hoping more young people discover this trade and embrace it.
It is a very rewarding career in every way!
I began painting many years earlier as a child and was supposed to go to a prestigious art school in Boston, but my life took a sharp turn (which I don’t regret).
The art of wallcovering installation it is a constant learning experience. In order to keep up with new techniques and materials I became a member of the the Wallcoverings Installers Association.
The WIA is a community of wallcovering installers and association members; (the people and companies who supply materials, tools, and services that paperhangers use every day). WIA members are manufacturers, distributors, retailers, architects, designers, removers and trade specialists as well as wallcovering installers. It is where we all go to exchange ideas and enhance our knowledge.
There are many tricks of the trade to remember. Once you get them all mastered, new tricks are discovered, new products are created, new materials are made, and the learning never ends. Each wallcovering and each wall situation will have different applications, so mastering one will not necessarily allow you to hang a different type paper in another area. You may have a nonwoven to hang in a cut up kitchen with three old layers of paper on the walls, a digital mural in a Doctor’s waiting room on a wall that was heavily textured or maybe you are looking at new sheetrock and have grasscloth to install in a dining room. There are too many scenarios to list.
Trying to install your own material in today’s environment of constantly changing substrates, delicate materials, wide array of adhesives, and priming or prepping products, is just a huge challenge for most people. If you want to ensure it is done right and your investment will last – it is important to find a seasoned professional who has lots of references.
If you are looking for an experienced, conscientious paperhanger or just some answers to your upcoming job, send me a message below. I look forward to hearing from you!
My Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/WIbyMichelle
Although I no longer keep my social media pages updated, I can be reached via my email:
I am a proud past member of the Wallcovering Installers Association **Formerly the NGPP
When I am healthy enough to return and you want to make an appointment for your next Wallcovering Installation, or Consultation for a Mural Design, or a combination project, you may email me at the above email address or fill out the form below, and I will give you some more information on the process.
I try to answer all my messages as quickly as possible. You should hear back from me within 24 hours unless I am on a large job working long hours, then my response may be a bit delayed.