My grandmother was a professional wallpaper hanger, and when I was a child we had wallpaper on every wall in every room of our home. When my husband and I built our home in 1984 I papered a few of my walls with wallpaper, thinking it made our home feel comfortable.
When we remodeled our kitchen and dining room a few years ago, the wallpaper on two walls were changed, and I painted one adjacent wall a dark sage green, applying a matching border of wallpaper along the top of that wall.
Now we are thinking of selling our home, and the Realtor said the wallpaper should go. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of removing it, but I steamed the paper off of my dining room walls, and attempted to do the same to by border. However, the steam machine only made the paint below the border bubble up, and it still was not enough to remove the border from my walls! This machine worked great on my large walls, but this border was really stuck, and I was removing the paint trying to get it off. After two hours of work, I only removed about three feet of border, so I finally gave up. I decided to replace the border that I had removed and leave it up. (Thank goodness I still had some in my stash!).
Of course, the border paste that I used several years ago had dried out, so I went to Lowe’s to look for border paste. What I came home with was a product made by Roman’s Golden Harvest, a company who makes a variety of wallpapering supplies.
The Roman’s Border Paste comes in a 20 ounce plastic container. It is tall and slender, measuring about nine inches in height. This is considered the “Super Size”. It claims to be a “Premium” product, and is suitable for all borders and wall surfaces. The container will hang a six inch wide border in a 12 foot by 12 foot sized room.
The top of the container has a screw on lid with an applicator head that holds a small yellow sponge roller. This must be removed so you can take off the seal under the lid. When you are ready to paste your border, lay it out flat, squeeze the container of the Roman’s Border Paste gently, and a white colored paste will start to ooze out of the top on sides, which you can then spread around your border using the sponge roller. (It makes some rather nasty sounds while you are squeezing it out!).
This border paste smells just like Elmer’s Glue. When I compare it to the bucket of border paste that I used to stick the border on my walls a few years ago, I am not too impressed. This Roman’s Border Paste looked too thin to me, it looked like white glue that had been watered down. Well, I applied the glue and hoped for the best. We have company coming over tomorrow for dinner, and I needed to finish this wall.
Despite my best efforts, I could not get the border to stick all along the bottom edges. The middle and top portion of the border stuck okay, but not nearly as well as the Roman’s Border Paste I used that came in a small plastic tub. I ended up using a small tube of seam glue that I had previously purchased at Lowe’s, which seemed to do the job.
Roman’s Border Paste with the attached sponge roller is a great idea, a neat design, and it makes the job less messy. I was also done pasting this border in no time, it is much faster than spreading border paste on the old fashioned way. However, I was very disappointed with it’s effectiveness as an adhesive.