Monday, July 09, 2018

Changing Rooms - Plan B

We were up early. We had to prepare the living room for the decorator. He was scheduled to come and install the mural we had ordered from Belgium. Bit by bit everything was moved out of the way and units unplugged. All was prepared.

Mr Wallpaper arrived and examined everything and read the instructions. Along with the Gorse Fox he unrolled the paper and examined the sequence for installing it. The dust cloths were laid, the wall was marked up and sized. He was ready to go. The first roll went up without too much trouble.

The Gorse Fox headed off to run some errands in Chichester.

Arriving home, Mr Wallpaper grabbed the Gorse Fox and said he wasn't at all happy with the way in which the mural was going up and, frankly, he wouldn't accept it if it was for him. The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen examined the issue. It was clear that he was right. The rolls had to be overlapped by 15mm then cut with a straight edge to create the join. There was clearly insufficient overlap in 15mm to allow the paper to be put under pressure to allow for cutting without it slipping. The cuts were not crisp at all.

We debated what to do. The conclusion was to rip it all down and bin the idea entirely. We would replace it with a standard wallpaper.

This is where it all got a bit messy. The wallpaper adhesive had clearly been very good. When the rolls were stripped from the wall, the underlying paint came too.

Plan B is that Mr Wallpaper will return to put up the proper wallpaper once we have chosen a suitable design, and in the meantime will re-paint the wall, once it is dry enough so to do.

The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen quickly started looking for suitable paper and we have managed to find one on which we both agree. It's on order and should be here by the end of the week.

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