They wanted to go bold! They wanted an accent wall with complimentary colors! Which is fantastic because we love color, the problem was the carpets, which they weren't ready to rip up yet, were mauve. The brick was exposed on one huge wall, with windows trimmed out in hunter green trim. They were also redoing the trim, from vinyl white to a warm wood, so we had a lot of elements to work with in choosing a color!
Cutting in with two very distinct colors can be a challenge. It takes a very steady hand. Most contractors use tape but we pride ourselves on the fact that we don't. Using a 1" brush, and in some instances a "paint by numbers" brush we get a clean crisp cut in. I'm not saying that we don't use tape sometimes, for example if we're making stripes, or there isn't a clear cut in the architecture, but for the most part it's talent. Getting a sharp line, whether cutting into trim, ceiling, or corner, is what separates the true painters from the rest.
After we left the Octagon House we started a project in Fayetteville, and yes, it was wallpapering! Even funnier, we had to use the same wheat paste/sugar combo we used in the Octagon House as adhesive. We laugh, because we really thought once we left the Octagon House we would be putting this recipe into a file, but wallpaper is making a comeback, especially historically replicated paper. Today, because of the economy, more people are opting to stay in their homes, and redoing them, then purchasing a new one. That said, people are searching for authentic ways to bring back the glory of their aging homes. Faux finishes, trompe l'oeil, and historically replicated paper are all helping to make homes, well, look older!
Once the wall was prepped, we created the paste, and started the hanging process. The end result was brilliant, and the home owner was extremely pleased.