Friday, 6 May 2011

Why Use Wallpaper? Because the Plaster underneath is Rotten

He makes it look so easy!

We did a test to see if we could put wallpaper on top of the existing paper in the two bedrooms which weren't damaged by smoke. I'm happy to report that after a week the paper is still up, but it's quite clear my technique leaves something to be desired. There are many little pleats: obviously changingthe wallpaper on your screen saver is a lot easier. That's why I'm off this morning to talk to two paper hangers who are coming by to see if what we're proposing is at all feasable.

Update: the bad news is that the two guys we consulted say that the results of papering over the paper that is there would not be satisfactory. The good news is that we're probably going to put thin gypsum board over the existing walls and paint--and I've always liked paint better than wall paper anyway

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