Hanging GrassCloth Wallpaper
Hanging grass cloth wallpaper is a great way to decorate a wall that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
There are many different types , brands and manufacturers of grasscloth.
(Brewster, Jeffery Phillips, York Wallpapers, Design Materials) just to name a few.
Things you need:
2-Paste (clear paste (Romans 880 or Romans Dynamite clear paste)
3- Paste table (a table to paste the paper on)
4- Wallpaper hanging tools (wallpaper brush, wallpaper seam roller,
bucket, warm water, sponge)
Things to do:
1- Prep the wall. If there is old wallpaper on the walls, the old wallpaper should be
2- Patch and smooth the walls. Then caulk the corners & edges of the walls.
(If its dark wallpaper, I’d suggest figure where the seams are going to fall and
paint the seams the background color of the wallpaper)
3- Apply a wallpaper sealer to the wall. (I like to use “Guardz” or Zinzer All Prime)
Usually takes about 2-3 hours to dry.
4- Layout the wall (figure out where the seams are going to fall)
Hanging grasscloth on a wall, the seams have to be measured out, so the
two end sheets are the same size.
Grass cloth is 36″ wide.
Lets say a wall is 184″ long . Then you will need 6 strips
(4 strips at 36″. The 2 end strips at 20″ each)
20″ 36″ 36″ – 36″ 36″ 20″ = 184″ long
5- If the wall is 7’8″ high. then I add on 4″ (that makes each sheet 8 feet)
A double roll of grasscloth is 24 feet long. So you will get three 8 foot strips.
When you hang the strip of wall paper, hang so there it 2 inches on top and bottom.
6- Hanging the grasscloth:
When hanging, paste a strip of the wallpaper (grass cloth) “book” fold it and let it
sit for about 5 minutes so the paper will expand.
7- Start in the middle of the wall.
Hang the 1st strip level.
With a level, draw a level line. Hang the sheet of grass cloth.
Hang it so there is at least 2 inches on the top and bottom.
Crease the top and bottom with a 1″ putty knife.
Trim the sheet using a 6″ broad knife and a sharp snapable razor knife. (Be careful)
Roll the seams on each side using a seam roller.
Using a warm wet sponge, wipe off any paste on the ceiling and the baseboard.
You have now hung your first strip of grasscloth!!!! Congratulations
Continue hanging the rest of the strips as you did the first, and you will have a beautiful wall!!!