Home Improvement

5 Removable Wallpaper Tips


Change your wall and change your space!

Here are 5 tips for successful application.

1. Go for Quality. Make sure your paper is a good weight and not too sticky…just tacky. Not in design:)) To avoid damage to the walls choose a high quality brand of removable wallpaper.

2. Wash it. Clean the wall atleast 1-2 days before hanging. It must be completely dry.

3. Painted Wall? If you have painted or primed the wall, make sure you leave 3 weeks drying time after painting, before hanging your paper.

4. Protect the wall while hanging. Use something like a 3’ ruler behind the paper to protect the wall when using a utility knife to trim the paper.

5. Changing paper location? Keep the backing from your initial installation. Pull/peel from the top corner of first tile pulling down toward the floor (not out). Your paper won’t get stretched out of shape this way.

Remember to check the manufacturers guidelines too! This is a great way to add personality and elan to any room with the ability to remove and change design at will!

Check out these removable wallpaper vendors. (many offer samples for a fee)

Photo Courtesy artfire.com

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12 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Transform your home from drab to fab by choosing the right color for your home's interior or exterior.


  1. Light colors highlight or bring forward and dark colors recede.
  2. Make paint and trim colors in the same hue or color group. Stark contrasts are not pleasing to the eye.
  3. Separate rooms? Consistent color will marry the spaces. Open floor plan? Changing color or tone, will define the spaces.
  4. High ceilings or architectural details? Use 2 shades on the same swatch to highlight the details.
  5. Does your home bring the outside in through large windows or window walls? Choose an outdoor color of the same shade, to further the look.
  6. Exterior paint? Choose within the same palette as other homes on the block. Visually standing out may not be appealing.
  7. Use eggshell primer over existing paint, for color to match swatch. Use test swatches first! Wait for it to dry before evaluating. Check at different times of day and night. Wet paint is lighter and darkens as it dries.
  8. Use deep or dark colors on a feature wall or in a room with a certain purpose, Ex. dining room, library.
  9. Sheen? On high travelled areas use satin or semi gloss. High gloss or enamel for trim in areas with water (kitchen, bath). Flat paint where the walls aren't touched (leaves fingerprints).
  10. Choose low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to minimize paint fumes. Got fumes? Well ventilate with fans. 
  11. To shorten project time, choose a one-coat paint. Costs a little more but worth it if you are DIY-ing.
  12. Paint finishes? Faux finishing techniques add personality to a room. Use museum wax when paint is fully dried for a deep sheen. Create a pattern or border with stenciling. Trompe l'oeil is the art of painting scenes on the wall. Paint old floors in a single color or pattern.

Be as creative as you can without overdoing it, luckily it's paint and can be covered. Consider hiring a professional.

Reach out to me for an East Bay Painting Contractor recommendation. 

Visit these companies for paint color options!

Photo Credits #behrpaint

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PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate DRE #00669968

Curb Appeal - 10 Tips!

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The first impression of a home from the street is what motivates you to look further.

Tips to spruce up your curb appeal:

1. Grab a friend. Make a list of work for the exterior. Ex. torn screen, cobwebs, chipped paint. A 2nd set of eyes helps.
2. Mount house numbers in an area of visibility that match the style of your home.
3. Look Up. Repair or replace the roof to remove any major expense for buyers.
4. Walk Around the house. Check out rain gutters, shutters, foundation footings, deck boards, plant beds. Remove, repair or refresh.
5. Stuff. Bikes, yard equipment? Put in garage or stack in corner. Try to put things out of site.
6. Clean. Rent a pressure washer. Wash everything, deck, siding, driveway, walkways. 
7. Lighting. Replace old/outdated lighting fixtures on front door/porch.
8. Paint. If you are not going to paint the entire exterior, refresh doors-trim-shutters. Touch up where needed.
9. Landscape. Trim along drive/walkways, install edging, trim plants, mulch beds, use potted plants, repair driveway, patio or sidewalk cracks, replace missing bricks.
10. Plant. Add color to flowerbeds. Add potted greenery or flower pots to front door area.

Make buyers want to view the interior of your home!

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Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report

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As compiled in the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) are stats for remodeling projects in all regions of the United States.

Included are narrative descriptions of the projects and a chart of costs, projected resale value and percentage of the recouped investment for 21 home remodeling projects. #homedesign #homeimprovement

Determine which upgrades, additions or remodels may bring you the biggest return on your investment and which projects you may do “just because”.

The report states that in San Francisco, the highest return on investment recoups $179.5% for an upscale garage door replacement, 139% for a midrange wooden deck addition and 133.5% for a steel entry door replacement.

Surprisingly, in San Francisco, the lowest returns are reported at 70.9% for a midrange backyard patio and 81.7% for an upscale master suite addition.  

Connect with me to learn about current local trends, popular projects, materials, colors, finishes and for local vetted vendor recommendations to make your remodel a WOW moment!

For Stats on Kitchens, Bathrooms and more review the FULL REPORT:

© 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.

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