Recently we transformed the fireplace in a loft in the west end of Toronto with wallpaper. This wasn’t a typical installation and it required more problem solving than a normal wallpaper installation. Let’s go through how we did it:
First, we had to make sure that we had wallpaper quantities properly calculated. The ceilings were 18’ high and it was a 15’ drop from ceiling to the top of the fireplace. Usually a double roll will do 3 to 4 drops (the distance from ceiling to top of baseboard), but in this case we were only able to get 2 drops out of each double roll. So, due to the longer drops we required more rolls of the wallpaper than a similar area with smaller drops.
The most obvious issue that had to be dealt with was accessing the two storey wall. If the fireplace wall was being painted we could just put up an extension to brush the top edge in and then roll everything else using a roller on an extension pole.
Extension ladders are problematic with wallpaper installations because it has to be set up to one side in order to avoid the path of the strip of wallpaper. This means that the installer has to lean far to one side in order to install a strip of wallpaper, an awkward position to say the least.
Step ladders are generally used on most wallpaper installations, which is fine on ceilings up to around 12’. This particular installation would have required a 16’ step ladder, which wasn’t practical to get through condo hallways.
Scaffolding was the best solution. The scaffold frames were 5’x5’, which meant that they could be easily maneuvered through the hallways, and we could have brought them on a service elevator if we needed to.
3 levels of scaffolding were used, so the scaffolding height came to about 16’ when it was fully assembled.
Once we had the access issue taken care of, the installation was fairly straightforward. Each strip was hung by two installers, the first on the top platform and the 2nd on the middle platform. Once the top portion was put in place the top platform installer would descend the floor to complete installation of the strip.
Through proper planning we were able to take a complex install and turn it into a regular day at work. If you’d like CAM Painters to tackle your complex wallpaper installation why don’t you book a quote? We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!
One of the things we’ve been doing more of the last few years is mural installation. Murals are a specialty subset of wallpaper and were traditionally very hard to source. Traditional paint stores with their books of wallpaper, just weren’t able to offer them. Now, however, with the popularity of online shopping, many websites specialize in offering wallpaper murals. In fact, some printers will make a custom mural from any digital image you can supply them!
What’s the difference between traditional wallpaper and a wallpaper mural?
The main difference is that wallpaper is a repetitive pattern, whereas a mural can be anything at all. Some popular murals can be city skylines, world maps, even a picture of a marble slab.
How to select a wallpaper mural
You want to make sure that the size of the mural will fit the size of your wall. If it’s too big for the wall you might lose some of the picture as it’s trimmed to size. If the mural is too small then it won’t fill the entire wall.
World map mural in a nursery
Therefore, you want to purchase a mural that’s bigger than the wall it’s going on. A good rule of thumb is to have at least a couple of inches of waste, but not more than a foot. Therefore, if your wall is 8’h x 10’w you’ll want something that’s in the range of 8’2” to 9’ high by 10’2” to 11” wide.
Is there a different installation process?
Since there is no repetitive pattern to a mural, the picture is divided into numbered panels. The actual installation process is no different than normal wallpaper, in most cases it uses the same paste and the same techniques. However, there’s no room for error, because if a panel is ruined, there’s nothing to fix it with. Therefore, when it comes to the installation you want to select an experienced wallpaper installer, rather than a novice.
CAM Painters has taken on many mural installations and has the expertise to ensure your installation is done to the highest standards. Why don’t you book a quote? We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!
Are you looking for a career in the trades with room to grow? At CAM Painters we are always looking to grow our team by hiring the best and the brightest!
In this post we’ll tell you what we’re expecting of our new hires along with the benefits of working at CAM Painters.
What are the benefits of a career with CAM Painters?
We are looking for payroll employees, not subcontractors. That means that we cover liability insurance and WSIB, wheras subcontractors have to provide their own.
Full time year round employees. When we find great team members we like to keep them busy year round!
We offer health benefits after 90 days of employment. It’s important that our employees stay healthy, so a portion of massages, chiropractic visits and others are covered.
Your opinion is valued at CAM Painters. We have regular team meetings where suggestions from our painters regarding processes, equipment and customer service can be discussed and implemented.
What we expect of our painters
If you don’t know how to do something, or if you don’t know what’s expected of you, please ask. Different painting companies have different ways of doing things. So even if you’ve been painting for a long time, please ask about how we’d like things done. There’s no shame in asking questions.
Clean up after yourself
Cleaning up after yourself is essential when working in residential painting. In fact, it’s a non-negotiable, so leaving a messy job site is completely unacceptable. We provide the best customer experience in the painting business and clean up is one of those key areas that we differentiate ourselves.
Keep it above the line
As we work together, it’s most productive to keep it above the line. If there is a problem, what can you do to own the problem and what solutions can you offer to fix it? Can you be accountable to your coworkers and complete the tasks you have promised you would? Can you be responsible to show up when required?
Blame, excuses and denial are not productive at all. They halt creativity and give the customer a bad experience, which has ruined many businesses.
Some tips for the interview
Show up on time – this really goes without saying.
Be neat in your appearance. There is no need to wear a suit and tie, of course, but making sure your clothes are neat and you are well-groomed will go a long way in making a good first impression.
Print out your resume and bring it with you. It’s handy for us to have a printed copy of your resume to refer to, and take notes on.
Be honest with your answers – We’re not looking for a know-it-all, but we are looking for people humble enough to take advice and be willing to grow.
On your first day
If we decide that there is a good fit and we’d like to invite you to a training session and/or a jobsite there are a few things to keep in mind:
Ask questions – you are starting a new position, with a new company. Even if you’ve painted before, every company operates differently and has different systems and ways of producing work. There will be a transition period and asking questions will help accelerate your learning curve.
Come with a good work ethic – this gives us something to work with. If you are energetic and willing to get things done then we merely have to point you in the right direction. Without a good work ethic the old adage “you can’t steer a parked car” definitely applies!
We’re always looking for all-star painters and you can either be an all-star painter or have the potential to be an all-star painter. If you’re looking for a career as a painter, why don’t you apply? Together we can Transform Homes With Lasting Beauty!
Our calendar ended up being 133” wide by 100” tall, each square ended up being 19” wide by 15” tall.
In order to get straight lines we used a laser level to line up the border, which we taped off first. We made sure that we pressed down on the entire length of the tape, so that the paint wouldn’t bleed underneath.
Then we marked off the location of the grid lines, which we then taped off with the ¼” tape. We decided to tape the horizontal lines first and then the verticals.
The primer has to be coated thick to ensure that magnets will stick to it. In order to get the recommended coverage we needed to do 3 coats of the primer.
The manufacturer recommends that the primer dries for 12 hours before applying the finish coat. We decided to take the tape off as soon as we were finished priming, and then re-tape the following day. Why did we do this? Because the primer goes on so thick, once it dries there will be a lot of surface tension. So if we pulled the tape after the primer was fully dry, there would be a risk of peeling some of the paint off with the primer.
The day following we checked over our primer and made sure it was nice and smooth for the chalkboard paint. Any little flecks of debris were sanded off.
We re-taped the layout, this time using the layout of the primer as our guide, rather than a laser level.
Then the chalkboard paint was rolled on, one coat being sufficient. The thicker the finish coat, the less magnetic the surface will be, so it’s important to coat the surface as thin as possible.
The tape was then peeled to reveal our wonderful chalkboard calendar!
Our client purchased some wood letters for the days of the week, which we painted with gloss red paint. These were mounted using construction adhesive.
One thing to keep in mind is that 24 hours dry time is needed before the chalkboard can be used and a full week is needed before the chalkboard can be wiped down. This is very common for paint, most needs a couple of weeks before it can be washed.
If this is something that you’d like done for your home or place of business, why don’t you book a quote online? We’d love to Transform Your Home (or business) With Lasting Beauty!
If the existing wallpaper has a texture, that texture can show through the new wallpaper. A heavier wallpaper can hide the texture of the previous wallpaper, so it’s helpful to choose something that’s a little thicker.
If the texture is very pronounced, it’s better not to take any chances and to strip the current wallpaper.
Is the existing wallpaper sound?
If the existing wallpaper is starting to lift at the seams or is bubbling, this could cause problems with a subsequent layer of wallpaper. Therefore, it’s best to remove the existing wallpaper if possible.
Here are the steps we take to install new wallpaper over existing wallpaper
Any lifting or bubbling sections of wallpaper are cut out; We want to make sure that we have a firm base to work from.
The existing wallpaper is coated with a high quality wallpaper primer.
A visual inspection is done to the walls. Once the primer dries, bubbles can appear and seams can lift which were not apparent before. We want to make sure that we have a sound base to work from.
If any lifting wallpaper was removed, these areas need to be spot primed.
Any areas of wallpaper that have been removed need a thin layer of drywall patch to make the wall smooth and even.
Once dry, the drywall patch needs to be spot primed.
Once these steps have been done, we’re ready to hang wallpaper, just like a normal wallpaper installation!
READ MORE: How much does it cost to wallpaper a room in my Toronto home?
So, if you have existing wallpaper on your walls and would like something new, there are a couple of different processes that we can use. These options are discussed with our clients and we can move forward based on what is both most durable and most cost effective.
So if you’d like to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty why don’t you book a quote?