When I moved to the East coast as a kid my dad bought a house that was over 100 years old, every room in that place was wallpapered. I spent most of my formative years "restoring an historical fixer-upper". Learned how to plaster, paper and install plumbing and electric in a house didn't come with that stuff. Even re-sleeved the chimneys. Came from southern CA, back then the craze was wallpaper that was alternating patterns of foil and faux velvet, horrifying stuff.
That remodeling craze broke up many families. Living through a reno of that scale is horrible.
My wife used to have to drag me kicking and screaming to look at wallpaper but then we hit on a store that had an incredible inventory and a section of graphic arts paper that was unreal. Yeah, wallpaper can look tacky but the really good stuff installed the right way can be amazing. I couldn't decide how to dress up the front of my breakfast bar. I thought about tile, stone, paint etc. and then I saw a wallpaper that was stunning and matched the decor to a tee. My wife always said that when used just as an accent here and there it can be cheap, easy and can really make a room. She was right.
Okay, enough with the construction pix already. Let's see the Tool Time Lady! Pammy, I love you!
Originally Posted by Pragmatist
I striped my kitchen to the bone last year, even had to rip out the firred down box above the cabinets because I wanted to go to the ceiling with the new ones. I did all the work myself, hung all the cherry cabinets, moved the dishwasher, put in an island, ran the electrical and topped it off with tumbled marble backsplash and granite.
American consumers are spending more on home furnishings and decor, and this trend is not expected to change in the near future. Annual sales of paint and wallpaper in this country are trending upwards faster than the GDP in general.
Every home decorating magazine and tv show is featuring the use of wallpaper -- an enormous shift in "attitude". Wallpaper sales in the US are up.
British home decor never lost its affinity for wallpaper, but in the US it has been seen as dated and undesirable. I have actually used wallpaper and can attest that can be transformative in ways that paint can't be; better able to cover rough surfaces, more reflective, far more durable, etc.
I've got a desire to redecorate now and have looked at wallpaper, but there are some barriers. It's been out of fashion for so long, the average handyman has never hung any -- and it is a skill. Professional painters usually can still do it, but they are too spendy for me.
I am also not happy with the products offered. Not enough selection as to the paper itself (what happened to strippable vinyl wallpaper?) and the designs offered are too limited.
Want a business you can start on the cheap and muscle into a nice slice of the decorating budget in your city? Get with artists, printers and others to deliver a product to people like me that's exciting and doesn't cost me more than $250 for a 14 x 14 ft room.
I am not spending $500 or more to get wallpaper hung that I could have seen in my Grandma's house, 70 years ago.
Whaca think? IMO, wallpaper is about to be as popular as granite countertops in kitchens.
Some painters are very good at replicating certain wall paper patterns. I doubt they would do it for $250 a room though.
Several people have remarked that hanging wallpaper together has caused more divorces than infidelity.
lol. my friend has told me 27 times about her cabinets. she and hubby had to work on them separately because otherwise they'd have killed each other. It must have started off BADLY for her to always bring it up when we are in the kitchen!