How to Install Grasscloth on a Coffered Ceiling

Add sheen and texture to an architectural ceiling with inlaid grasscloth panels.

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Fold and Book Grasscloth

The term "booking" refers to how each cut strip of grasscloth is folded over and onto itself to cure prior to being installed. To do this, fold each end of the cut and pasted strips of grasscloth over and into the middle of the strip. Next, fold each end one more time, creating the "booked" look. Allow approximately 10 minutes for the paste to cure before moving onto the next step.

Position and Adjust Grasscloth on Ceiling

After 10 minutes, unfold the booked strip of grasscloth, then stand on ladder and position it in place along the inset coffer. Reposition until the lines of the grasscloth are perfectly straight in relation to the surrounding molding or trim, then smooth out any air bubbles using a wallpaper smoothing tool. Use a retractable blade to cut a hole for light fixtures or air returns, if necessary. Once properly in place, the 1" border should hang from the coffer and onto the millwork.

Trim Edges and Enjoy Finished Product

Once grasscloth is securely in place along coffer inset, use retractable blade and straight edge or wallpaper smoothing tool to cut it to size along the edge of the molding or trim. Repeat steps 3 through 6 until are coffers are covered with grasscloth. Once all grasscloth is installed, use damp cloth to wipe away any excess glue. Reinstall light fixtures or air returns, if necessary. Now, look up and enjoy the designer-quality ceiling treatment!

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