Watson Mill - more wallpaper and lighting

by brae  

Time to install the wall sconce in the upper bedroom while wallpapering -- it will make sense in a minute.  I had made the channels for the wires previously.  The sconce wires will not be poked through the wall to the exterior but instead will run on the interior wall to the open attic space.  The downstairs floor lamp wire runs on the outside, up to the bedroom wall channel.  I put a small piece of tape over the interior channel to help hold the wires while still allowing for movement.  A whole strip of tape would stick to the wires too much and make it difficult to pull them through.  This will matter more for the next step than it did for the floor lamp.  I masked the floor prior to working as well to prevent glue mishaps.

The bedroom sconce wires run through this curved channel, which will be covered by wallpaper.  I had to get the sconce attached to the wallpaper, paste the wallpaper in place, and run the wires into the channel all in one step.  I marked where the sconce channel began behind the wallpaper.  I poked a hole in the wallpaper and fed the wires through, leaving the sconce loose.  (My small tape piece isn't shown here since this was my dry fit trial.)

Of course, I first double checked the height.  :]

I then applied Wallpaper Mucilage to the paper.

I fed the wires behind the tape and through the channel.  Using my third and fourth hands (bahahahaha), I pressed the wallpaper down while pulling the wire through the channel, pausing for a second to apply some glue to the back of the sconce so it would remain in place once the wires were pulled taut.  I then smoothed, straightened and stopped swearing.  ;D  Here you can see the side tabs that soften the joins in the corners.

The two side pieces of wallpaper were much easier to install.  I applied the paste to the paper and then eased them in place, overlapping the tabs from the front wall.  I taped the tail end of the wires in the open attic space then used my color-coded wires to electrify and label the sconce.

The upper room will have baseboard trim and a table lamp, but I need to address the dumbwaiter gate and ladder railings first.  So, that's a wrap for today.  :]

12 comments

Comment from: Barbar [Visitor]
So exciting to see things coming together! You did a lovely job with the bedding as well.
01/17/18 @ 22:18
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>> Other than the three pillows, the bedding is original to the vintage bed. I agree it's lovely, so I do plan to leave it exposed. But, this bed might not stay permanently in the Mill anyway.
01/17/18 @ 22:45
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Third and fourth hands indeed! You are a magician!
01/18/18 @ 07:15
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]
I'm surprised swearing wasn't mentioned more often. That's a key component to any wiring installation in my experience. Looks wonderful. And now I have actually seen on someone installs wire under wallpaper instead of on outer walls. This has long been a mystery to me!
01/18/18 @ 07:47
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
Beautifully planned and executed Brae! You continually show us all how to overcome the challenges that stump us, two handed and all!
01/18/18 @ 08:02
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Wonderful! And it looks great!
01/18/18 @ 09:16
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Oh my! You do like a challenge, Brae! The completed paper looks wonderful.... and nobody would ever guess there was swearing involved! LOL! Amazing as usual... in design and execution! That vintage bed is a treasure!
01/18/18 @ 17:34
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]
It looks amazing already--the light over the bed gives it such warmth!
01/18/18 @ 18:03
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>> As I've said before, I could not own a parrot. >:XX Well, I could, but then I could never have guests over. :))
01/19/18 @ 07:34
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]
Oh my, that is one intricate and challenging wallpaper job.. I can't imagine attempting that without sacrificing my sanity and my dignity.. it may involve a full blown chuck yourself on the floor, kick your legs in the air tantrum.. :D Clearly, I couldn't own a parrot either.. lol
01/19/18 @ 15:44
Comment from: brae [Member]
:)) Oh, I don't throw tantrums anymore - I just pour some Scotch afterward.
01/22/18 @ 11:14
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
Well done you undertaking that little exercise. The thought of aligning all that would put me off before I started! Your patience has paid off and you've made a lovely, neat job of it. Very well done!
02/03/18 @ 03:58


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