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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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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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Paintable Wallcovering Over Wood Paneling

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The Completed Room. There is wood paneling on all these walls!

This older home was ready for a facelift. The homeowners wanted to cover the wood paneling in the large living area, kitchen and breakfast areas with a paintable paper. The idea was to have the finished project look as though it was textured and painted AND have that texture match the existing paint texture. They had a vision and just needed a little help executing it.

After a long search for the perfect paper, then preparing the walls, installing the materials, and painting it all, the results were amazing! ~ Did I mention the homeowners painted it all themselves, including the trim and the high ceiling? – And they are a retired couple in their late 60’s?

Unfortunately my photos do not rise to the quality of my wallcovering installation skills…this is the best I can do with photography. Hopefully they are adequate enough to show the steps taken and the results.

These photos show the project from beginning to end. There were many steps taken in order to do it correctly and make sure the finished project would last many, many more years. Those steps included removing the window coverings and rods, removing all the plug covers, nails and pictures from the walls, washing down the paneling with ammonia, priming all of it with Draw Tite, floating the grooves, sanding and refloating the grooves (and any uneven areas of the panneling), then another coat of Draw Tite. Blankstock was hung assuring all was sound and smooth and giving me an awesome surface to hang over.

As a side note: This particular paper was thin, and once pasted, it was similar to hanging wet paper towels. It was so bad, my razor knife just caught it and shredded the edges instead of cutting it. I fought with it all the way around the room. The brick wall and fireplace were real challenges to cut around.

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This is the room just as I was beginning to work.

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A good look at the paneling

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All the grooves had to be filled in.

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Long wall, partly prepped.

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Some blank stock wall liner is going up.

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The Breakfast room below the chair rail is also panelling. Here it is with blankstock on it. Almost ready for the paintable wallcovering.

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The paintable wallcovering is now up on this wall. This wallpaper is by ‘Brewster’.

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Opposite wall has paper now.

This photo was sent to me by the homeowner, after they painted the wallpaper to match the existing paint on the surrounding walls. They even painted the wood trim all around the room. What an amazing difference!

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