Perhaps a member of my family or Carmen can update me, but I don’t think that I have ever personally done decorating DIY. In that I specifically mean painting or wallpapering of any of the several dozen places I have lived over my lifetime. It may explain why I have a tendency to have completely bare walls once past the tape&poster portion of my life.
Since marriage, I may have said “where” on occasion, but George has been the primary person responsible for getting things hung on the wall. Wait – we were talking paint and wallpaper. And I was about to describe my help in doing something I have never before tackled.
First off – YouTube is a wonderful place to find explicit and contradicting explanations on how to do just about anything. Certainly there are instructional videos on how to hang wallpaper. None of them seem to begin with “First select your wallpaper and buy the following supplies.” Except for one who did the “check to make sure that you have ……. and listed the essential supplies.” He didn’t mention a ladder, but that one is kind of obvious. Of all things useful, we didn’t have a screwdriver.
Wallpaper sheets – check. Wallpaper paste – check. Brush&Roller&pan for the paste – check. Misc – ladder, floor covering, open windows, room lights, level&ladder& marker – also check. Honestly, I was just there to be the second pair of hands.
After measuring over and drawing her plumb line, we added the wallpaper paste to the back of the first sheet and also a bunch to the wall, she climbed the ladder and the first sheet went up. Then we added more (I was about to say library paste – but you get the idea) paste and started the smoothing process, and adding more paste and adding more paste as we worked our way down. As it looked pretty good, we went for the second sheet.. And yes, the sheets were printed – Sheet #1 or Sheet #2 – on the bottom in an attempt to make sure that the incompetent had half a chance of matching sheets as we went.
Turns out, I am fine with operating an Exacto knife in trimming edges. After all – it is just a highly expensive and retractable scalpel. We hung the first two sheets, then decided to see if they stayed up before proceeding. The lack of hanging the rest also might have had something to do with not having a screwdriver so that we couldn’t take off the outlet cover which was right there in at the bottom of the next sheet to be hung.
I worked on a few stitching projects yesterday. Of all – this was the quick one – the first monster in the Supernatural’s SAL. I made one substitution for a Weeks Dye Works to a Forbidden Fiber Co green. Anyone with a clue as to what monster she is?