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Phillip Jeffrie’s Grass in Master Bath

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My client knew exactly what paper she wanted for her bright and spacious master bath – all she had to do was find it!
After a bit of searching and a lot of research, she ordered some samples. Going back and forth between two different products, she eventually decided on this gorgeous Phillip Jeffrie’s natural textured material.

The main target was to tie the master bath in with the bird’s-egg-blue that was a main color in the master bedroom. I am a little disappointed these photos of the completed job do not show that blue very well – even so, the character and warmth of the material made this area look amazing.
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I have to admit this was also the most challenging job I have done in some time.

Here is a list of a few of those challenges:
1. Getting adhesive on the front of this particular material can stain it, so working clean, with dry hands, is a necessity.

2. Even after pasting the material and letting it sit to relax, it was too stiff to bend.
3. ~This also means it was difficult to cut.
4. Templates had to be made for the pieces that went around the trim at the windows.
5. Engineering the layout of the material for the three areas was time consuming.
6. Because it is made of grasses, bamboo, sisal etc, shading is to be expected.
This is referred to as ‘paneling’ by designers and installers.
Some natural materials ‘panel’ more than others, but it is not a flaw at all.
People love grasscloth for the inherent natural beauty of the product and choose it for the distinct beauty of a natural textured wallcovering, which can not be replicated with manmade materials.
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The Biggest Challenge:   
7. There were nine (9) bullnose corners, and an arched doorway: See number 2.

…The rattan and bamboo in the “grasscloth” would NOT bend, let alone bend and stay adhered to the rounded edges and corners.

Determination, my magic wand, and a few [mild] expletives, helped me make this job a success!   😉

 

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*As a footnote I want to add that the homeowner experimented, then used a protective spray on this material where her towels may touch the walls.  It is totally undetectable.

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Kitchen in Red – Brewster Wallcoverings ‘Kismet, Gypsy Red’

   This was a very cut up kitchen and breakfast area with many challenges, including a 16 foot high area that was difficult to get to. Of course, to me, it made the completed job even more satisfying! Don’t you think the final look is awesome?
    The Brewster wallcovering (Kismet pattern in gypsy red) made the bold, red island pop. The before photo show how unnoteable the walls were in brown taupe.
    The walls had five to six layers of wallcovering and backing papers on them.
In the kitchen area the top layer of paper was painted and textured with a semi gloss paint. This had to be stripped completely off. The breakfast area still had the previous wallcovering on the top and had been painted over below. Both had layers of backing paper beneath.
    After stripping the rooms, priming with a white primer, floating, then sanding – I hung a blankstock lining material to assure a smooth well adhered final installation.
Because of the difficulty (and my short stature) getting to the high area over the refrigerator, I had another member of the Wallcovering Installers Association help me hang that section. I want to thank Don Dye of Houston, Texas for that.

As for the adorable children’s artwork; I know it adds quite a bit to the room, however, I think the new wallpaper makes it stand out even more than it did with the plain walls.
Being a grandparent, I can appreciate that. 🙂

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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. .

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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