Grasscloth in a Garage Apartment with High Walls

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Today, I hung a smoky teal blue grasscloth in a nicely done apartment over a garage in the Montrose area of Houston(will do the second wall tomorrow). Two of the walls tower to 12′ high, and I needed my extension ladder to get to the top.

For this wall, I trimmed all seven strips to be the same width, which, since the seams and panels in grasscloth are very noticeable, is more pleasing to the eye than to have six 36″ strips and one 6″ strip. In the top photo, you see where I have striped under where the seams will fall with dark paint, so if there are any small gaps in the seams, the white will wall not peek through.

A couple of things are going on in the second photo. Since the ceiling is angled, a rectangular strip of wallpaper will have a lot of excess paper, which means lot of potential for paste to get on the ceiling. By pre-trimming off some of the excess, I can keep the ceiling nice and clean. It’s awkward working up that high, trying to keep my balance on the ladder, and manipulate a 12′ long strip of stiff material, so I have made rough relief cuts where the wallpaper will meet the ceiling beam.

Also in the second photo, you will notice a splice on the back side of the wallpaper, where the manufacturer has joined two pieces of the paper backing. Usually this is a problem, because it creates a bump under the wallpaper. But since grasscloth is heavily textured, usually a splice like this is not an issue. I hung about 14 rolls today and yesterday, and came across two such splices.

The third photo shows the finished wall, with the paper fitting nicely up against the beam and the sloped ceiling. I am happy with this grasscloth, because there is no “shading” or “paneling” (difference in color within one strip, or between different strips). It is rare to find a grasscloth that looks this homogenous and this good. The fourth photo is a close-up of the material, including one of the seams, which, in the world of grasscloth, is quite UNnoticeable. Nice!

In the next photo, though, you see a mark in ink on the back of the paper. This is cause for concern, because, on many types of wallpaper, ink will bleed through to the surface. This mark appears to have been done with an ink pen, which is odd. There were a number of these, all looking about the same, through several bolts of material. So I was unable to cut around them (could not afford to throw away so much paper), so I had to put the paper up on the wall, and am hoping that the ink will not bleed through.

And, last, a shot of the label. I do not know the manufacturer, but as far a consistency of color goes, I really like their product.

This grasscloth 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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