After 15 Years, It’s Time for a Re-Do

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Fifteen years ago, I hung the natural colored grasscloth you see in the first photo, in the powder room of a townhome in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. It has held up perfectly all this time. But the homeowner wanted an update. He had a new vanity installed, in dark stained wood with a white quartz countertop. He fell in love with the idea of navy grasscloth, and researched many brands, ordered samples, and finally settled on this one by Seabrook.

I was very pleased with his choice. It was thin(ish) and turned corners well, it trimmed nicely, and there was no paneling or shading (difference in color from strip to strip, which is pretty common in many brands and colors). It was not color-fast, however, and the blue ink came off on my hands (sorry, no photo). I had to keep my hands absolutely dry, and had to “work clean” to be sure no paste got on the surface, because it would have been impossible to wipe any paste residue off the surface without causing blotching or having some of the dye lift off the surface.

In the second photo, I have stripped off the top grass layer of the material, and have soaked the paper backing. Once the old paste reactivated, this tan paper backing came away easily, with no damage to the surface underneath. That’s because I used a wonderful primer, KILZ Original, an oil-based product. It has terrible fumes, but it works really well under wallpaper.

The next photos are shots of the new, navy blue grasscloth.

This wallpaper pattern is by Seabrook, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her

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