Please check out our new website, Vintage Wallpaper Archive, which we have just launched to be an expansive digital library of wallpaper scans for your design inspiration and use.
Vintage Wallpaper Archive will house images of patterns no longer available in physical form. Our goal is to extend the life of each design from our collection beyond its physical presence and to preserve each pattern for years to come.
For the last 30 years, we’ve made a practice of saving a last remnant of each pattern before sending it away for good. This new branch of our collection is our labor of love decades in the making.
Our scans are available for purchase on our new site and are high-resolution TIFF images, 300 dpi, with original details and identifying markings noted. These images are meant to be authentic and high quality source material for whatever design project you have in mind.
Please browse through our current collection to get a first glimpse of what we are offering and what is to come. Our digital library is small now, but we are adding new things continually. We hope that you’ll find fresh creative inspiration with new accessibility to these amazing vintage wallpaper patterns.
Rest assured though, if you love that physical paper and really just want the "real deal", we will continue to offer physical rolls of authentic vintage wallpaper right here on this Hannah's Treasures website.
Defining "Vintage" May 09 2018
There is some ambiguity around the word “vintage” when it's referring to products you can buy. Have you noticed?
Sometimes vintage means “old”. Sometimes vintage means “looks old”.
Sometimes products are labeled 'vintage' to reference a throwback style; other times the word vintage actually refers to the actual age of the product.
For our Hannah's Treasures Vintage Wallpaper collection, "vintage" always means actually old -- authentic old stock wallpaper, manufactured years ago and hidden away until it was found and collected by us many decades later.
Things to know about the Hannah's Treasures Vintage Wallpaper collection...
DIY: How to Hang Vintage Wallpaper March 21 2018
Never fear! Hanging vintage wallpaper is fun! We've gathered helpful tips from vintage decorating books, trusted paperhangers, and our own experience to put together these instructions for hanging vintage wallpaper. Here's what you do:
What You Will Need (Main Items)
vintage wallpaper // wheat paste // paste brush // wallpaper smoothing brush // seam roller // 6 ft. work table // 6 ft. straight edge // plumb bob and chalk line or laser level // rotary cutter // scissors // 2 ft. ruler // ladder
Hanging Vinyls, Flocks, Mylars, and Metallics November 30 2015
For vintage vinyls, flocks, mylars, or metallics, follow our regular instructions for hanging vintage wallpaper but keep these tips in mind:
- Apply a vinyl paste (not wheat paste)
Use a vinyl paste instead of a wheat paste and apply it directly to your clean walls using a paint roller. (Even though many retro vintage wallpapers were pre-pasted during their manufacturing, we do not recommend relying on that paste today, being that it's 40 years old.)
- Use the butting method
Most 1970s retro papers do not have selvage edges (or if they do, the paper is likely too thick to make a pleasant lapping joint). Butting is the suggested method for hanging vinyls, flocks, metallics, and mylars. If there is a selvage edge, trim off both sides. Otherwise, proceed to hanging each strip flush with the one beside it, being careful to match the pattern.
- Do not stretch the wallpaper
Do not pull and stretch the paper; it will return back to it's normal shape when dried. Make sure it joins together neatly without pulling.
- Use a paint roller to smooth FLOCK
For FLOCKS, smooth and press the seams with a soft, clean paint roller. Do not use a traditional hard seam roller as it will polish the flock. You may also used a pasting brush to gently tamp down the edges by tapping the bristles on the seam.
- Keep front of paper clean
Always wipe away any excess paste from the front of the wallpaper using a damp sponge.
- Brush the flocking in the same direction
After washing a FLOCK pattern, brush the flocking in an upward motion to lay the nap in the same direction as it dries. A flock wallpaper will release some loose fibers, but that's normal. When it's dried, you can clean flock with the brush attachment on your vacuum.
- Do not crease
Never make sharp creases in your paper while in the process of hanging, especially with Mylars or Foils, as they will be almost impossible to remove.