A Day in the Life of a Wallpaper Installer
As a wallpaper installer, every day is a little different. Some days, I'm working in beautiful homes with intricate designs, while other days, I'm working in commercial spaces with more straightforward patterns. Regardless of the project, I love the challenge of each installation and the satisfaction of seeing a finished product that transforms a room.
One of the things I enjoy most about my job is the variety. One day, I may be installing Cole & Son's Savuti
wallpaper, with its playful baboon pattern, in a child's playroom, and the next day, I could be installing a luxurious, toile paper in an elegant dining room. Each project presents its own unique challenges, from matching patterns to handling delicate materials.
My day usually starts early, around 7 am. I gather all of the tools I'll need for the day, including my wallpaper adhesive, brushes, and measuring tape, and load them into my van. I then drive to the client's location, which can be anywhere from a nearby suburb to downtown. Once I arrive, I meet with the client to discuss the installation and answer any questions they may have.
Before I can begin the wallpaper installation, I have to skim the walls of most jobs to create a flat and smooth wall surface. This can be a time-consuming process, but it's essential for a perfect wallpaper installation. Additionally, I must protect any surfaces that could be damaged by the wallpaper primer, including floors, countertops, and baseboards.
After preparing the walls and surfaces, I then measure and cut the wallpaper, ensuring that the pattern matches up correctly. The actual installation process can take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day, depending on the complexity of the project. Some installations require more delicate handling, while others involve working around tight corners and angles.
Regardless of the challenge, I always strive for perfection and take pride in my work. Once the installation is complete, I clean up the workspace and move the furniture back into place. I then do a final inspection, ensuring that everything is perfectly aligned and looks great. Seeing the transformation that wallpaper can bring to a room is one of the most satisfying parts of my job.
At the end of the day, I drive back to my home and prepare for the next day's installations. Every day is different, and every project is unique, but the satisfaction of a job well done never gets old. Being a wallpaper installer is a challenging and rewarding profession, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.