|Last strip, up but not trimmed|
It wasn't procrastination that made me take so long, it was waiting until I had an extra pair of hands available. I did a lot of it myself, but some places I simply needed a helper.
Especially for the corners. I didn't like the way my previous method for turning them was eating up so much pattern. I found this method on YouTube and decided to try it.
That came in the form of my friend Lizzie*. Between my work schedule and hers it would run two or three weeks between the times she could come and help. And as the video says, the method takes time. Lizzie and I were lucky if we could pull a corner turn off in an hour.
The scissors method doesn't work in the dead corner (southeast, in this room). There I sucked up my courage and used the craft knife to trim the last piece in the corner. Gently, gently . . . almost managed to do the whole cut without piercing through the bottom layer. Almost. Of course it had to be about six feet up, where the bookcase won't cover it. Trimmed an eensy piece of wallpaper and shoved it into the inch-long slot, to bring the top piece out and eliminate the shadow. It worked; at least, I have to be looking for it to find it.
It was a toss up as to whether a given whole strip would go up peaceably or fight me all the way. The one after the turn around the northwest corner took Lizzie and me a good hour, just to get it matched. Not sure why. We blamed the settling of the house and let it go at that.
|Dead corner, done and trimmed|
Since it takes me so blinking long to hang a strip I've had to cope with popped seams here and there. That's where an artist's detail brush comes in handy. I gently lift the loose edge, poke in some wheat paste, wait five minutes, poke in some more, wait another five minutes (normal relaxing and booking time for a Britpulp paper like mine), then gently smooth it down with a clean, just-damp sponge.
All in all I think the installation looks good. I'm no pro but I'm getting better. Full strips matched up nicely with partial strips above and below windows, and in the dead corner the pattern's only off by a half inch (compare that to nearly an inch and a half in the living room). Except for a couple of unobtrusive places I don't have any overlaps, and there they face away from the light so you have to run your fingers over them to detect them.
So now, at last, it's finished. I wish I could post better pictures. The "Savernake" pattern's so subtle it's impossible to catch on camera. But the color turns out to be fine. It changes depending on the time of day and the light, from cream, to yellowish, to off-white, to palest green, but never does it bellow "Celery green!!!" And the pattern makes the room look bigger.
I've been shellacking and remounting the dining room window trim as the pertinent walls get papered, but that's another post.