Product Information

Paper-Hangings sells the following premium products, in any quantity, by mail order.

acidfree lining paper

This moderately heavy lining paper is certified acid free (Integrated Paper Service) and should be used any time longevity is a goal. This traditional rag paper expands about 1%; it is very porous and has no non-woven content; more important, it will not break down due to acid deterioration over a normal decorating cycle and will support the integrity of the finish paper far into the future. For paste: we recommend a slightly thinned-down premix clear. Clay is not recommended.

It is valuable for installations in museums and historic homes; under reproduction wallpapers, antique wallpapers, and handmade papers; and anytime a premium lining paper is appropriate, for example, under scenic wallpapers such as Chinese, Gracie, Zuber or de Gournay.

Now comes in a 20” width as well as a 40” width! Please be sure to place your order in the right box on our form. Same square footage and same price for the 20” and the 40”.

For more details see our acid free FAQ page.

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Did you know that the original band-aid was invented in 1920 by Earle Dickson, employee of Johnson & Johnson and the husband of Josephine Dickson? It seems that Josephine frequently cut and burned herself while cooking. Ouch!

Did you know that band-aids lost their trademark status (a process known as GENERICIDE) despite the efforts of Barry Manilow, who composed the immortal jingle "I'm stuck on Band-Aid brand because Band-Aid's stuck on me!”? Well the trademark did not “stick” despite his best efforts, joining the ranks of kleenex, granola, zipper and bikini.

Did you know that the only band-aids I carry in my tool box are the extra-long type that wrap many times ever so nicely and stay on all day? Oh, and I also carry the fingertip/knuckle combo, because those parts of the hand are exactly those that suffer the most during the heat of battle! Now you, too, can enjoy these fine band-aids from your favorite purveyor — Paper-Hangings!

Note: we sell only these two types: fingertip/knuckle, and extra-long.

There are 20 band-aids per box, and each box goes for 4.99 — less than .25 per band-aid.

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blue blades

The blue blades are super sharp and made of sugical carbon steel. They are single edged and the blade thickness is # 9. We sell them by the box (100 blades).

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Broadknife (10-inch "Hammer Head")

The best trimming device I have found in over 35 years of paperhanging!

Firm where you need it to be, yet flexible if needed…and wide enough for long cuts.

Fits easily in your back pocket — always with you.

This is the real deal, solidly constructed with brass hammer head base from Hyde (Southbridge, Massachusetts).

For the price of $26.50.

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Decorators Varnish (Dead Flat)

Paper-Hangings is insufferably proud to announce that we now carry what may be the only true "dead flat" coating for wallpaper in captivity. Decorators Varnish (Dead Flat) from the Ronan company is a water-based clear coating with UV protection which dries to a flat finish. For more tech information check the Faux Finish Category at

Decorators Varnish (Dead Flat) is great for problem-solving! Straighten out sheen issues caused by uneven production, bunished seams, or trapped adhesive. It's compatible with a wide variety of surfaces - but a small area should be tested before use anyway. It's not really intended as a waterproof coating, for example as a backsplash or near heavy sink use. For that purpose, a gloss or semigloss may be better. However, Decorator's Varnish has saved uncounted amounts of time and money because it produces a monolithic coating that is non-reflective, thus saving a less-than-perfect installation by giving it a new topcoat. Decorators Varnish is sold by the quart at 24.75 per quart.

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Gaffer's Ta95

What is a “gaffer” you may ask? And with good reason, for gaffers are not around every street corner! A gaffer is not a best boy nor a key grip. A gaffer is a professional, usually the head electrician, who works behind the scenes in the theatre and thus on movies sets, rock concerts, and so on. A gaffer is a person who needs multiple rolls of heavy tape to secure wires, leads, cables…..and that would be Gaffer’s Tape. Who cares? We do!

The really nice thing about Gaffer’s Tape (and the reason why you will get hooked) is that it is a cloth-based tape that has no residue despite great tack. This means that you can safely and easily tape drop cloths together. Not only will they stay put, but when it’s time to move on down the road the tape will come off with ease. Far superior to the many types of blue tape we have tried. Size of the roll is 2” x 55 yd., and the price is $15.25 per roll.

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Notecards - Paintings by Mary T. Kelly

These beautiful notecards would make great gifts. The inside is blank so you can customize your message.
Individual cards can be ordered for $2.95 each, or create a collection of 4 cards for the price of $9.95.

Adams Morning

Berkshire Birches


Snowshoe Walk

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oil of cloves

Oil of cloves is a paste additive. The work site is pleasantly scented with the warm, spicy aroma. In addition, oil of cloves has minor disinfecting qualities.

Pricing: $8.9 5 for each one fl. oz. bottle of essential oil.

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paperhanger's canvas and tacks

We offer traditional "paperhanger's canvas" for shiplap and wood plank walls. Despite the name, this is NOT a canvas and NOT cheesecloth! There are many cotton products out there, but many are not suitable for traditional canvassing. This one is. Cost is .32? per sq. ft. for amounts up to 4500 sq. ft., and .22? per sq. ft. for amounts over 4500 sq. ft.

We also sell #4 Upholsterer's Cut Tacks, Blued and Sterilized, in one pound boxes. There are about 1900 tacks per box.

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P-H Cellulose

P-H Cellulose is the archival form of methyl cellulose and produces a thick paste with excellent flow properties. It is often used in combination with wheat, especially when used in a pasting machine. It is best mixed the night before, because it takes time for the cellulose granules to swell and take on water completely. A rule of thumb is to wait until it clears before use.

P-H Cellulose has been successfully used with many prepasted papers but it has no surfactants or other additives and is not specified as a prepaste activator.

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Terry Cloth Hand Towels:

After many moons of searching, we've located what we believe to be the best hand towels around! These 12" x 12" soft white towels are the perfect size and have all the properties that paperhangers like: absorbency, balanced texture, and strength, at a reasonable cost.

We sell these in a 5-pack at 8.50 per pack.

Yes, we know that micro-fiber towels (sometimes known as"mifties") are popular. Yet, the texture of mifties can be a little off-putting, especially when wet. These bar towels have maximum absorbency and keep your hands dry and clean, as they should be. Best of all, they're so small, they fit into a pouch or apron easily, so they're always at hand!

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P-H Wheat

P-H Wheat is an archival, premium quality wheat paste that has been pre-cooked. It's mixed on the job just like conventional wheat paste, using a cooking whisk. Straining may be necessary. A few capfuls of household bleach should be added to your mixture to guard against spoilage in the wet state.

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The Showroom Handbook

picture of the Showroom HandbookThe "Showroom Handbook for Wallpaper Installations" is an 88 page guide to installing handprints, blockprints, and European machine prints.

It is written by Robert M. Kelly, C.P., and was underwritten by Brunschwig & Fils and Scalamandre, with support from six other high-end wallpaper companies.

It is written especially for designers, showroom personnel, and paperhangers in the field of high-end residential paperhanging.

To place an order use our order form.

View Chapter one for a sample of the book.

"I read your new book, it's just what I needed!" - Joe Emerick, professional paperhanger, Youngwood, Pa

More comments about the book.

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Whitestock 30" width is an economical 100% paper made from recycled paper pulp. It has excellent absorbency, expands about 1% and weighs 120 grams per square meter (gsm). It's thick enough to soften a wall yet thin enough to handle easily. WS-30 has no nonwoven content such as rayon or polyester, and minimal additives for wet strength. WS-30 requires sharp cutting tools.

See our FAQ on Whitestock

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