Category Archive: Paints & Stains

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Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Bathroom

When it comes to home decorating or renovation, most of us like to emphasize the elements that seem to matter the most. For instance, the kitchen, the living room, the master bedroom- you know the usual. However, did you ever reconsider decorating your bathroom walls? We’re not talking about the usual fancy fixtures and fittings or flooring. We’re talking about the walls, maybe like throwing on a fancy yet elegant wallpaper?

Doing may seem bizarre at first, but it makes it so much more enjoyable for you to spend time in your bathroom rather than having it just as functional and sterilized. Clean, well-working bathrooms are essential, but we often overlook the potential bathrooms’ have to create a design impact.

There are endless ways you can think of while decorating your bathroom walls. While simply painting them or throwing on a few ornaments or minimalistic murals may be interesting, we recommend you step out of the box and get yourself a nice wallpaper that can create a statement. It will also tell your guests that you’ve paid close attention to all the tiny details in your home too.

Separate your Bathroom

If your toilet is outside the main bathroom area and happens to be in a separate small room, you can consider placing wallpaper in this area only. The wallpaper will act as a significant divider or will highlight the apportionment between the two spaces. Keep in mind that you must protect the shower area’s wallpaper to avoid humidity from ruining it.

The Perfect Tip for Jack and Jill Bathrooms

You can opt for installing iconic wallpapers in places away or outside from the shower area. For instance, you could wallpaper where your sinks are, which happens between the two stalls. Use similar, complementary, or same colors for both the stalls for a more ‘put-together’ approach.

Emphasize your Powder Room

To make your half bath areas or powder room stand out, use an intricate wallpaper. Go ahead and use a fancy, bold wallpaper that will create a statement, and be sure to use a splash of color, especially if your bathroom is plain and boring. Powder rooms do not have bathtubs in them, prone to steaming up the room and running the wallpaper, so go ahead and choose whatever wallpaper you like.

A General Approach

You could also consider getting yourself murals of abstract art or beautiful landscapes, anything that is visually calming and pleasing. If you do not have space, you can even consider having a piece of your favorite wallpaper framed and hanging it in your bathroom or border the mirror, edges, or ceiling of the bathroom for a unique touch.  Accent walls are great add-ons, too, and work well with almost any bathroom type.

Remember to keep your wallpaper maintained, seal them if you are concerned about the steam, and choose one appropriate for your bathroom. Contact American Wallpaper to browse our selection of wallpaper.

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How to Paint Over Wallpaper

Are you thinking of redecorating walls previously covered with wallpaper? If you were not the one to put up the existing layer of wallpaper, chances are you may not be a huge fan of it, and you may want to get rid of it asap. By the looks of it, tearing down the wallpaper may seem like an easy thing to do. However, you may not be aware of the several layers of application that you have to deal with underneath. Stripping off one wallpaper layer is challenging enough, let alone the many other layers.

If you’re not planning on moving anytime soon, you could consider starting from scratch and removing the wallpapers. However, if you need a quick hack, you can get terrific results if you paint on TOP of your wallpaper.

Skeptical? Follow these five steps on how you can paint your already wallpapered walls.

1. Clean the Wallpapers

It would help if you prepared your walls before you can get on to painting. Get rid of any loose pieces of the wallpaper and when you have a smooth canvas to begin with, get on to cleaning. Clean the walls with chemicals like TSP (trisodium phosphate). TSP is quite strong and requires dilution with water. Follow the instructions mentioned at the back of the packaging, including safety precautions. Wear proper gear and ventilate/disinfect the room that requires painting. Use a sponge to apply the TSP, dry, and then wipe down with a damp cloth to wipe off excess chemicals.

2. Use Extra Adhesive

The last thing you would want to see is peeling layers of wallpaper after you’ve finished painting. Use a strong adhesive in places where the wallpaper has edges sticking out. Press down on all the seams firmly. You can also use an oil-based primer-sealer to lock in your paint and a better alternative to the adhesive. It leaves no doubts.

3. Wait to Dry

Allow walls to dry. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how long you should wait for the walls to dry after cleaning, gluing/priming.

4. Apply Your Paint

It’s time to paint. Regardless of choosing primer beforehand, ideally, you should choose an oil-based paint when your walls are ready for their first coat. Use a roller for larger spaces and a paintbrush for the small corners and edges. For bold wallpapers underneath or for a solid color, you probably will need a couple of coats.

5. Dry and Move on to a Second Coat

After the first coat fully dries, it’s a good idea to sand the wall before moving on to the next layer as it adds to the final product. Lastly, apply the second coat, allow it to dry, and you’re all done, Viola!

Step back and admire your brand new, freshly painted wall! Contact American Wallpaper for all of your interior design needs.

 

Do You Need New Cabinets?

Do You Need New Cabinets?

            If your kitchen is a bit tired looking, but do not want to go to the expense of replacing all of your cabinets, here is a solution for you:

 

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Cabinet Coat is one of the most unusual products we carry. It is a water-based paint with the newest technology. Cabinet Coat is the ultimate finish for refurbishing kitchen and bathroom cabinets, shelving, furniture, trim, and crown molding. It delivers an ultra-smooth, factory-like finish with long-lasting beauty. Remember the smooth finish that an oil based paint could provide? This is as good or even better!

 

  • Ultra-smooth finish
  • Urethane-acrylic formula
  • Refurbishes worn cabinets
  • Available in white and many custom colors

Can You Paint This?

One of the more frequent questions we get is: can I paint this? The customer is usually talking about old, varnished woodwork or kitchen cabinets. Bathroom tiles that are very dated looking is also a common surface that they want to paint.

All painting projects, to be successful, require proper surface preparation and the choice of correct materials. Insl-X, a wholly owned subsidiary of Benjamin Moore Paints, is well known by professionals for manufacturing some of the best primers in the industry. Today, I want to introduce you to Stix!

INSL-X Paint

It is a truly remarkable product that will provide you with a bond to an old surface for repainting. Just scuffing up a glossy or varnished surface will not provide a good bond for the finish paint. Stix does what the name says and produces remarkable results.

Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer is a premium-quality, acrylic-urethane primer-sealer with unparalleled adhesion to the most challenging surfaces, including glossy tile, PVC, vinyl, plastic, glass, glazed block, glossy paint, pre-coated siding, fiberglass, and galvanized metals.

  • Bonds to “hard-to-coat” surfaces
  • Cures in temperatures as low as 35° F (1.57° C)
  • Creates an extremely hard film
  • Excellent enamel holdout
  • Can be top coated with almost any product
  • Low odor

It is available in both quarts and gallons here at American Wallpaper & Design Center.

If you have questions about paints and stains, please give us a call at 508-672-3751.

White Accents Will Make Your Home Appear More Bright and Airy

Winter is the perfect time to add white to your interior decor because it lightens up rooms on dark days and stormy nights. And it adds a clean, clear look that works all year round. 

You might be surprised that white isn’t a single color. White comes in many versions, some with warmer overtones and some cooler. The warm tones tend to complement traditional and elegant homes better, while cooler hues may work better in modern or contemporary spaces. Depending on the shade you select – and the colors around it – white can calm your rooms or add energy.

What kinds of interior elements work best in white? White is fabulous for almost any home fashions, including wall covering, paint, rugs, upholstery fabric, floor coverings, window treatments, linens and accessories. And, in addition to matching just about everything, white bed linens and towels seem so much crisper and cleaner than any other color.

White is stunning when used with black or another dark, rich color like chocolate brown, Indian red or deep blue. White can be paired beautifully with almost any color palette, including neutral creams, taupes, tans, blues, grays and more. Even a room that’s decorated almost all in white doesn’t have to be bland or boring because it can include such a variety of textures, including rough or smooth, soft or hard, and matte or glossy finishes.

Make a bright design choice by adding white to your decor this winter. Come see our display of in-stock wallcovering, our large collection of wallpaper sample books, and the infinite choices of color in our fabulous paint line, Coronado Paints by Benjamin Moore.