Wallpaper, by Sue

(Posted by Sue Paasch)

It’s hard to believe that we are now into the second month of the year, February. It was a cold and snowy January and it looks like it’s going to continue into February. It’s a great time to finish some of those projects from 2013. If you’re like me I had some big ideas to get some decorating done for the holidays, but my big ideas ran out of time. I started  to re-model our family room before the holidays, but just couldn’t get it all done. So now I’m wallpapering part of my family room. We took down some paneled walls and replaced them with dry wall. We painted, re-stained, and now I want to add some wallpaper.

There are so many new and beautiful wallpapers available today. There are geometric, abstracts, floral, textures, handcrafted and even grasscloth. They are available in so many colors from neutral to bold colors. Getting your walls ready to wallpaper is key. Your walls have to be clean and prepared with a wallpaper sizing. If you have wallpaper on your walls that has to be removed first. There are many products on the market to help with that job. Wallpaper can be either strippable or peelable. Strippable is great because when it comes off it will come off the top design side as well as the backing.With peelable wallpaper the top design layer comes off then you have to take the backing off. Grasscloth may be a little harder to remove.

Once the wallpaper is off you’re ready to re-size your walls. Now it’s time for fun. Wallpaper can either be pre-pasted or unpasted. Some people want to use paste with the pre-pasted paper and there is an adhesive made for that. Wallpaper paste can come already to use or you can mix it yourself. It’s best to check with the wallpaper company to see what they recommend for your job. Handcrafted and grasscloth do need special care to hang properly.

Wallpaper can be used to make a statement or for an accent wall in any room. When some of the handcrafted and grasscloth papers are used you may only need a minimum amount of art work or accessories. Wallpaper can add warmth, personality and fun to your room.

My wallpaper is now done we are now working on flooring and accessories...

Sue Paasch

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