Repairing Grasscloth

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Digital ImagePets can be Hell on grasscloth. I hung this paper in an entry just a few months ago, and then this week got the call that it had been damaged. While grasscloth is different from more typical wallpapers, it can be repaired without having to replace the entire wall. Here’s what I did:

The damage was only a foot or so off the floor, so I only replaced the lower 12″ of the strip. I cut a horizontal line the width of the strip, and removed everything below that line. To do that, the woven grass layer had to be pulled off, then the brown colored layer had to come off, because water won’t penetrate through it.

Once that layer was off, a wet sponge was used to soak the remaining backing (the tan layer). The water reactivated the paste, and once all that was good and wet, it was easy to scrape, or even simply pull it off the wall. Note that my primer underneath (the white layer) is key to being able to remove wallpaper (and lots of other reasons why a primer should always be used).

Then I removed a few of the grass fibers, leaving a thin horizontal strip of the brown colored paper on the wall. This gives me a thin layer to place the new paper on – putting the new paper over the coarse grass fibers would result in a thick, very visible line / ridge at the point of overlap. Leaving the brown paper on the wall eliminates the possibility of the white wall peeping through.

I cut my new piece of grasscloth, but instead of cutting it straight across at the top, I followed the curvy line of the grass fibers. This is one of the secretes that make the patch invisible.

The new piece was pasted, booked (let to rest and expand), then placed on the wall, with the curvy cut edge overlapping the horizontal brown strip of paper. In this case, a little extra adhesive was needed to get the edge to adhere tightly.

If it’s not possible to get a good looking splice because of uneven grass fibers, it’s possible to take a few strands and glue them in void spaces, to the woven fiber look is uniform.

In the last photo – Pet damage? What pet damage?! 🙂

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