Toronto Accent Wall Project:  Chevron Stencil

Toronto Accent Wall Project: Chevron Stencil

Are you looking for something a little different?  Maybe you’ve found a wallpaper pattern that you like, but you can’t find it in the colour that you like?

That’s what happened to this family.  Their daughter wanted a specific pattern in a specific colour, she wanted a chevron pattern in black and white.  Their interior designer tried to source a wallpaper, but nothing caught their fancy.

The solution, get a stencil and paint a chevron pattern on the wall!  With paint, the colour choices for the accent wall are now unlimited!

Here’s what we did, step by step:

Paint the base colour

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We decided to use the white as the basecoat.  Darker colours usually hide better over lighter colours, rather than lighter over darker.

We used Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace which is almost a pure white.  Even using top quality paint, we need a few layers of paint to have it look nice and evenly coloured.  So we primed twice, followed by 2 coats of finish.

Once the base colour is done we needed to make sure it had enough time to fully dry, so we left it until the next day.

Prepping for the stencilling

Stencilling can be a little messy, so we taped around the perimeter of the wall, and around the window.  Basically we taped off any adjacent areas that we didn’t want our stencil colour on.

Next, we wanted to minimize bleeding around the edges of our stencil, so we took spray adhesive and sprayed the back of our stencil.  We let it dry for a few minutes, we wanted it to be slightly tacky, but not so sticky that it would take paint off the wall.

Stencilling our pattern

We used our laser level to keep everything in line.  Basically we lined it up with the bottom corner of each chevron.

We started at the top of the wall and worked our way down.  After we finished each vertical section, we moved the stencil back to the top and did the next section over, in the same manner.

With stencilling we had to use very little paint, to avoid the paint bleeding underneath.  So we used 3 coats, and took our time, so that it could dry before the next coat was applied.  In fact, we put a hair dryer on the drying paint, just to speed it up a little.

Even still, we had some bleeding paint, which we had to go back after and fix.

We had to respray the back of our stencil every 15-20 min, just to keep it tacky.

In the corners and around the window we bent the stencil and got in as far as we could.  Afterwards we finished the pattern off using some tape.

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Final touches

After we did our stencil, we let the paint dry to the touch.  Then we finished off the pattern in the corners by taping the edges.  Anywhere where the black bled under the stencil, we taped and painted a little white along the edges.

For taping we really like Frog Tape, which has virtually no bleed through along the edge.  Just remember to press firmly along the length of the tape, to stick it down!

In conclusion

This was a fun project and the client absolutely loved it.  If you’re interested in exploring doing an accent wall in your home, why don’t you schedule a quote?  We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Do I need lining paper for my Toronto wallpaper installation?

Do I need lining paper for my Toronto wallpaper installation?

“I’ve opened up my roll of wallpaper and I see in the instructions that they recommend a lining paper, What does this mean?”.

In this post we’ll go through what lining paper is, what it does and when it should be used.

What is lining paper?

Basically, lining paper makes wallpaper more sound and durable, similar to how a primer can prepare a surface for painting.  

What is the purpose of lining paper?

Wallpaper liner, or lining paper is a blank paper which is installed before wallpaper, as a way to reinforce the wallpaper going over the top.

In walls where there are cracks or surface irregularities the liner can smooth these out and make them less noticeable.

When the lining paper is hung horizontally and the wallpaper hung vertically, the wallpaper can withstand both vertical and horizontal movements in the wall.

When should a liner be used?

Much like our primer example, sometimes lining paper is necessary and sometimes it’s an unnecessary step.  The first place to look is in the installation instructions; a wallpaper manufacturer will generally say in the installation instructions whether or not a liner is recommended.

Here are  a few general rules that a manufacturer will use when deciding to recommend a liner:

  • Thinner papers sometimes require a liner, because they are less effective at hiding surface irregularities than a thicker paper.  In other words, any little bump on the surface underneath shows through the paper as a bump.
  • Metallic papers sometimes require a liner for the same reasons.  Any little bumps show through the glossiness of the paper, whereas a matte paper would hide those imperfections better.

Can I still use a liner even if the manufacturer has not explicitly recommended one?

Of course, we can install a liner under most wallpapers no problem!  There’s no downside to installing lining paper, except for the extra cost.

Here’s an instance where you might consider using a lining paper, regardless of what the instructions say:

If your walls have a lot of cracks, which is typical of some older Toronto homes.  We see this usually in old plaster walls where there is some movement in the plaster.  These cracks will generally come back if a lining paper is not used. As we discussed, a lining paper can flex with movement in the walls and keep that movement from damaging the wallpaper above.

In conclusion

If you want a wallpaper installer that will ensure that your paper is properly installed according to the manufacturer’s directions, why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Wallpapered Walls and Flat Screen TV’s – Which do you install first?

Wallpapered Walls and Flat Screen TV’s – Which do you install first?

Many people like to have wallpaper installed on the same wall as their TV is mounted, which is a great look for your Toronto home. But this begs the question, should you have the wallpaper installed first, or the TV mounted to the wall first?

To answer this question we have guest blogger Gordon Cameron from TEC.works taking us through the process of installing a TV wall mount on a wall that will be wallpapered. We don’t want any extra holes put in our wallpapered wall for fishing wires, so here is Gordon’s fool-proof method for ensuring a properly positioned TV that keeps all wallpaper intact:

Getting exactly the right position for a flat panel TV installation requires some planning up front.
  • Is the screen the right viewing height from your favourite chair?
  • How many other people join you for movie night, and where will they be sitting?
  • What about a sound bar? Sound bars typically work best mounted below the screen, but this could push the screen height up if there is a mantle. Speaking of sound, have you sorted the EARC (https://www.hdmi.org/spec21Sub/EnhancedAudioReturnChannel)? If you want good quality audio and depth, EARC is vital.
  • How are all the wires for the HDMI inputs, power and possibly an optical cable run from AV components to the TV? How will they be concealed? Do you need to buy some heatshrink sleeving for the cables?
You can get answers to some of these questions with a measuring tape, or even a masking tape outline on the wall. But there is no substitute for actually lifting the TV into the approximate position to get a feel for how it will fit with the room. Each of these tape outlines or temporary lifts is an opportunity to scuff up a beautiful wallpaper job. Here is what I’d recommend to get the TV installed where you want it, without damaging the wallpaper:
  1. Determine the desired location for the TV, and then decide what sort of wall mount makes most sense. TV wall mounts can be mounted flat against the wall, tilt out a few degrees from the top, or even swivel and tilt. It all depends on your room and seating.
  2. Mark the studs, install the desired wall mount and then hang the TV
  3. Run all the cabling. Often there are several HDMI cables, power and possibly optical cables, and they all need to be concealed.
  4. Once you are satisfied with the installation, remove the cabling and the TV
  5. Loosen bolts or screws and lags and remove the wall mount
  6. Have CAM Painters work their magic with the wallpaper installation
  7. Install wall mount again into existing holes or lags
  8. Install and level the TV
  9. Rerun and conceal all the cabling
  10. Order pizza and enjoy the movie!

Thanks Gordon for the great advice! Here’s a little information about TEC.works:

At TEC.works, we help solve technology headaches for consumers and small businesses. That might mean reviewing consumer bills for cell phones, Internet, TV packages, or home phones and finding less expensive options that are a better fit for your needs. It might mean installing a home theatre system, or a presentation screen in a retail outlet. It might mean troubleshooting WiFi signal strength in a dead spot at your home or business. We’ll find the right technology products or services for you, and then manage them professionally. Because you’ve got better things to do with your time.

READ MORE: Choosing wallpaper for your Toronto home

So if you’re planning on having a TV and wallpaper on the same wall, why don’t you book a quote? With both us and TEC.works it will be a seamless process! Transform your home with lasting beauty!

Toronto Wallpaper Project:  7 Accent walls

Toronto Wallpaper Project: 7 Accent walls

We recently completed a project in the east end of Toronto that consisted of 7 separate accent walls, and the client was delighted.  Here’s what we did:

How much wallpaper is too much?

The first question you might ask is, 7 different types of wallpaper in one house, isn’t that a little much?  The answer is a resounding NO!  The client employed the services of an excellent interior designer, and all the different wallpaper worked well together.

Master suite

There were 2 different wallpapers used in the master suite, one for the headboard wall in the master bedroom and another for the window wall in the ensuite bathroom

The master bedroom accent wall has a wonderful large scale botanical print, which really adds some punch to the room.  The ensuite bathroom has a small geometric pattern.  Geometric patterns are very popular in bathrooms, they can mimic the look of tile, at a fraction of the cost!

Spare bedroom

This accent wall continues the botanical theme.  The wall is an alcove of sorts, with the bulkhead above.  One clever thing the interior designer did was select a very matte paper.  Why was this clever?  There’s pot-lights in the bulkhead overhead creating a very angular light source, if the paper had any gloss in it whatsoever, it would show seams and any slight imperfections in the wall.  The matte paper is much more forgiving in this regard.

Office

In this room we have a tree print that really plays with the light.  The print is a little more glossy than the background, so it changes depending on the angle that one looks at it.  That’s just one reason why pictures of wallpaper don’t do it justice, one needs to see how light plays off the different textures and levels of sheen, really cool paper!

Main Bathroom

In the main bathroom the client picked a chinoiserie wallpaper and had me install it on the wall opposite the mirror.  It was a wise choice to install it only on one wall, the pattern has a lot going on and would have been a little too much if installed on all the walls.

Main floor accent walls

On the main floor we did 2 accent walls, one in the dining room and one in the living room.  Since the main floor is an open concept it was essential that the wallpaper harmonized with each other.  One way to do this is to select the same wallpaper for both areas.  However, our client selected 2 types of wallpaper with the same colour, but different pattern.  The best way to do this is to select 2 papers from the same collection which ensures that the colours will match.

Here’s the finished product!

In conclusion

If you’d like to introduce some pattern into your home, why don’t you have us install some wallpaper accent walls?  Book a quote, We’d love to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Toronto Wallpaper Installation Project:  2 Storey Fireplace

Toronto Wallpaper Installation Project: 2 Storey Fireplace

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:

Material requirements

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.

READ MORE: How many rolls of wallpaper should I order for my wallpaper project?
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Access issues

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. However, if the painter or installer was to look into a website such as platformsandladders.com for other solutions to reach inaccessible places, they might find various mobile platforms that could be set up in such a way that could make the installation of the wallpaper, to be a much safer and easier process.

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. Scaffolding, similar to that from Tiger Scaffolds, can help in many different ways during construction and is a must on any site or building structure. It keeps workers safe while enabling them to reach the highest points of a building. It can be used over and over again and can withstand all weather conditions. Not to mention, you can get scaffold security systems to protect people and buildings from accidents. If construction crews are looking for scaffolding services in Sheffield or any other area, they will need to do their research first to make sure they are getting good quality equipment.

3 levels of scaffolding were used, so the scaffolding height came to about 16′ when it was fully assembled. This is where our employees really found the best benefit of their scaffold tool belt.

Wallpaper Installation

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.

READ MORE: 5 Interesting Wallpaper Ideas for your Toronto Home

In conclusion

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!