Edgeworth, PA Fabric Wallcovering

This black fabric wallcovering was installed in the dining room of an historic Edgeworth Avenue home. The 58″-wide material was purchased unbacked, and it was sent to a specialty lamination shop to receive a polyester backing. The walls were oil-primed, and once the layout of the seams had been engineered, the walls were striped with black paint at the seam areas. A clear, acrylic wallcovering prepcoat was then applied over the entire wall surface.

The material was hand-pasted, using a mixture of Roman Adhesive’s Pro-838 and Pro-880. The seams were double cut, using a clear Lexan seaming pad as un underlayment to protect the walls from being scored. As a finishing touch to the room, by request of the homeowner, the birds were individually cut out from a roll of Trove’s “Indi” wallcovering and hand-appliqued by Brenda Mehring, of Mehring Interior Services, of Beaver, whose crew also did the painting on this job.

Using a doublecut seam, specialty masking tape is applied the the edge of the first sheet. The second sheet is then hung, overlapping the masked edge of the first. Using a straightedge and a razor blade, a full-length cut is made through both layers of wallcovering. When the waste material is pulled from the spliced seam, the edges of the two sheets come together to form a perfect, clean, nearly invisible join. The photo doesn’t do the wallcovering justice; the silk-like material is flat jet black in color.

Detailed trimming around the ancient casings made for a tedious wallcovering installation. This 55-yard project took two days, not including the prep.

In order to evenly “panel” the the fabric on all four walls, no shortcuts were taken in the layout. So, for instance, where it might have been easier to install short pieces above and below this transom window, with narrow strips to fill-in to the left and right, we instead used two full sheets to go from the corner to the door, with the seam falling along the vertical centerline of the window.

Note the laser-level line (which continues up onto the ceiling from the wall at the edge of the sheet), as well as the black stripes painted where the seams will fall, as a precaution against any shrinkage that may occur with the material at the seams, over time.