Gold Grasscloth on the Backs of Bookshelves

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This is a new home in League City, south of Houston. The builder had left the wall behind these bookshelves textured and painted like the rest of the walls in the house. The decorator, Christine Zuehlke, envisioned something to distinguish the shelves from the rest of the room. She found this tightly-woven, gold-colored grasscloth with a slight metallic sheen, which was the perfect fit.

The walls had a the spray-and-drag texture that is typical of new homes these days. This texture would surely show beneath such a finely-textured material. So, I “skim-floated” with “mud” to smooth the walls, sanded, vacuumed, and then primed the area. Once all that was dry, the grasscloth could be hung.

The sheen of the material is subtle, and a perfect backdrop for the home owners’ home office. Note that the grasscloth is all the same color. There appear to be color differences between shelf units – but that is due to shadows and lighting and the like. Viewed in person, the color is uniform, and the effect is very pleasing.

This wallpaper 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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