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Types of Wall Coverings – How to Re-Create Wallpapers

There are three types of historic wall coverings. Replica papers copy the originals in all aspects, using historically accurate color, ink, paper, and even the original manufacturing technique. But this types of wall coverings are costly, especially if the original was painted or block printed by hand — often more than $300 per 36-square-foot roll. Instead, …

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You Can Use Wallpaper With a Past for Your House

Use reproduction wallcoverings to add an instant — and affordable — touch of history to your home. Above: The sumptuously papered study of The Wren’s Nest, the Atlanta home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus books. Left: Mt. Diablo Handprints’ reproduction, ”Study,” ($86/31-square-foot roll) of the 1897 original. In 1795, Sir Peyton …

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Protect Yourself Against Home Improvement Scams

There are a few common-sense rules for hiring a home-improvement contractor. Following them practically guarantees you won’t be defrauded: Check your contractor’s references and contact the Better Business Bureau and the state consumer-protection office to find out if there are any complaints. About half of all states have licensing laws; be sure to get a …

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