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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (June 21, 1914)
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PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 21, 1?14.
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AND now the humble paper hanger feels the advance of
fashion. - - His mossy labors, hitherto exempt from In
terference on the1 part of the housewife, Is threatened
and his very occupation faces extinction. . His sup
posedly indispensable services are no longer required, for
Milady is doing her own paper hanging!
The annual papeT hanging has long been a dread season .
of the year, as unwelcome as the spring house cleaning. Bnt
no more. Mrs. Housewife, be she never so wealthy or her
social position never so commandng, now rolls up her sleeves,
pins on a voluminous apron and fearlessly wields huge paste
brush and heavy shears.
Previously, the house has been turned over to white
overalled workmen, who though humble enough In themselves,,
have been regarded with the awe akin to that accorded the
plumber The magic process of transforming a- few rolls of
wide, coarse looking paper into a smooth, artistic, decorative
mural background has been, watched with the respect and ad
miration bestowed the magician who pulls a globe of gold fish
out of a lighted cigar.
But the advance of fashion has changed . all this. No
woman who values her artistic reputation . would now think
of turning over such an important matter as the decoration of
her walls to a mere day laborer. She does the work herself,
one room at. a time, and it must be admitted that, for once,
fashion's, fancy meets with the unanimous approval of the
other members of the household, who now recall the days
when every room In the house was dismantled, meals were
snatched in the kitchen and sleeping a precarious and none
too sure a luxury, with the same amused disdain with which
they glance at a picture of the first bicycle.
Of course, women are paper hanging or hanging paper
for the satisfaction of their artistic temperament. They feel.
In their new emancipation, that man can no more be depend
ed on to decorate walls properly than to direct the destinies
of the nation without their approval at the polls.
And besides, there is the satisfaction of taking a friend
throughout the newly papered house, showing her the master
' pieces of decorative effects and then proudly saying: "And
I did it all myself." Friend neighbor can be depended on to
spread the news of the achievement with the inevitable and
dramatic climax: "She did the whole thing herself."
For the woman that feels that she has not the strength
to undertake the repapering of the whole house herself, there
is left the decorative touches, the putting up of panels, bor
ders, crowns and skirtings.
And then her boudoir. Pride forbids that the clumsy
hand of man desecrate its sacred walls. Being he own do
main, woman must paper it from wall to ceiling and even the
ceiling itself, although this is no easy Job. In fact, the whole
business is no easy job, however simple it may sound and look
to paste up paper.
Wall paper comes in rolls from twelve to twenty yards
long and in widths of from twenty to twenty-four inches gen
erally. It is not a simple matter to cut this paper the proper
lengths and then get it straight on the walls. But practice
makes perfect in paper-hanging, as in every other art. And
art it is, as any novice will attest after a trial.
You paste the paper on the back and simply stick it on
the walls. But your first experience will lead Inevitably tc
the conclusion the professional paper hanger is a wizard, sec-
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ond only in necromancy to the fitter of linoleum who . walks
into your house with a roll some seven feet high and a sharp
knife in his po'eket and proceeds without delay to put in prac- '
tice the problems of Euclid on the floor.
If one could only be certain of hanging those pieces of
paper fairly straight it would not be so bad. But they seem
to have an unaccountable knack of getting out of the vertical.
Then they are heavy and wet with paste. You"are at the top
of the steps and your assistant down below to see that it is all
right by the skirting. And you must be quick, or the paste
will dry and won't stick. So what with hurry, nervousness
and the limpness and perfectly Incomprehensible behavior of
the length of paper you get it out of the true and there Is a
hs All the
Result of the
"Arts and Crafts
the Day, That
Must "Do" Her.
Own Room So That
It May Reflect Her Own
But Oh, What a Mussy
Time She Has Doing 1 1 .
cockle somewhere which has to be smoothed this way nd
that until it finally decides to change into a crease.
Then you stand back and wonder whether it Is better
to pull it off at once before it has a chance to dry, and try
again, or let it go and hope for better luck with the next strip.
. Yes, putting up a tent in a gale of wind is child's play
compared with getting properly fixed your first sheet of wall
paper. But woman's well known and primordial virtue will
triumph in the end. and this time patience will have its re
ward. The little decorative effects and touches which only a
woman can manage are ample reward for the trials and tribu
lations of learning the paper hanger's art. Tfcere are innumer-
able little touches which ran be addd to a room and tb
justifies the trouble.
V Paneling U the first and simplt of the dcrpraflra de
vices. Woman must use her shears anJ ue thrm often in or
der to attain the best results. It unmet I mm mi sin to
cut Into a nice, fresh piece of wall paper and discard po much
of it in order to get an effective border, but It will t economy
in the end.
- For paneling, buy a roll of paper with a nrmw bordT
of stripes. Cut It up Into long ribbon according lo the de
sign. Now paste down a strip. pcrhp It will b thr lnch
wide, all around the room Immediately undr the frlPte rail.
Do the same Just above the sklrtln. Then pant Hrlpi do
the wall vertically In all corners. Thin b dltldod the plait
paper into panels exactly the rtmi site and nhap a ac
section of the wall area.
If the wall area be extcnplve. JiikI aa many panrU rat
be made as desired. But a word of warning to amateur hou
decorators. In mishapen rooms, they are art to make tha
walls look even more Irregular than before.
For thla kind of a room, other effort are dei-lrable. 4
little delicate decoration Jim under the fringe rail utit lma
helps. Choose a paper having atrlpen some even Inrhea broad.
Take a pair of sclcsora and cut these Mrlpca aa before. In
stead, however, of each atrip having a straight line earn UI.
one edge must be cut carefully around the detail of th de
sign, your sclasors following the outline of each flower and
leaf. In places, too. It may be necewary to piece the pattern.
You now bare a border, the straight edge of hlrh li pat1
close up to the moulding, tha serrated edge falling on the plain
paper below. Wall paper manufacturers call It a "rrown"
frier when It la ten and a half liube deep r more. Hut
your is simply a cut out border.
A good thing for the beginner l to roughly rkenh the
outline of the wall and figure on paper with red tod blue
pencils the probable effect of frleie. rail or skirting decora
While Milady naturally devote mort uf her attention to
her own room, carefully planned tourhea can be added to erti
room tbat will give a distinctive and original effort to the en
tire house. And in the nursery, the amateur decorator ran
run riot with her Ideas.
It'a a pretty good room to practice In, eond onl u
(COPYRIGHT. 1914. BY THE CLEVELAND COMPANY.)