Sunday, January 31, 2016


This was an exotic glittery gold wall covering that the client ordered on-line. It took longer to figure out the pattern match than to hang the paper. 

Fortunately for us, the seam fell exactly on the wall mounted TV bracket and we went around the TV in no time flat. 

I thought this might have looked fantastic going around the whole room. But that would have taken another 25 rolls and would have broken the bank. It was a rather large room. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Touch Of Italy

Our first two jobs of 2016 were mural installations. This one was in a master bedroom on the wall facing the bed. It was an 8 panel mural and was 12' wide x 8' tall. It did not quite fit on the wall as the vault went to almost 10 ' and the wall was 14 1/2 ' wide.
The first panel absolutely has to be installed plumb and level.

4 panels up and all is straight. The customer insisted that the plug plate would not cut off the nose of the cruise ship....and we made sure it did not. (bottom right hand corner)

Panel 5 of 8 and we ran into a warping problem. These panels are soft and stretchy when the adhesive has soaked into them and they will stretch if pulled back and repositioned more than once.


After the 8th panel was up and smoothed down, there was a sigh of relief as the customer was thrilled with it. A baseboard along the bottom, some cedar lattice along the sides and to fill in the triangle of the vaulted ceiling, and these folks will wake up thinking they are in Italy, looking out over the terrace of their bedroom.  The murals today are very hi-res what with mega-pixel cameras and hi-tech printers. This photo was consistent in colour and was very sharp and clear. I have always been very impressed with any wall covering product coming out of Germany, like this one was.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Workout Inspiration

Our first job of 2016 was hanging a wall photo mural. We had to cut around 16 inches off, vertically, and it was not wide enough horizontally. We centered it and the colour of the wall was the same shade of green as the leaves in the photo, so it was fine.
As always, the first two panels are critical as to plumb and level.

It slowly took shape and after three hours, the exercise room was transformed.

You can barely make out the seat of the recumbent bike, and beside it, the treadmill. The client was feeling motivated to get back to her exercise routine with the lovely outdoor scene, also reflected in a mirror on the other side of the room. I had never hung this one before so it was something different, beautiful, and turned out very well and to the customer's satisfaction. Oddly enough, our second job of the year was also a photo wall mural. Photos to come.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Christmas Leisure Time

A tradition around our house at Christmas is to gather round the dining room table and put together a few Jigsaw Puzzles. We did two very interesting and challenging puzzles this year.

My son snuck into my computer one day and stole one of my car show photos. They then had it made into a puzzle. It was of very high quality and was not at all easy to do. (1000 pieces)

It was, however, fun and rewarding and of course it had special meaning to me. I was tempted to mount and frame it, but only old folks do that.

The second and equally challenging puzzle was given to me by my sister. I am sure it was meant to challenge  the old guy and was an attempt to drive him nuts. Every piece seemed to have every colour that was needed for the piece you were looking for.

Without the photo on the box, this would have been almost impossible. Strangely though, when we were about 3/4 done, it suddenly got really easy and we were putting in pieces as fast as we could pick them up off the table. As you can see, Andrew fried his brain doing this one. Liam is putting in the last piece, and I was still sane enough to take a photo.