How to Install Grass Cloth on a Flat Drywall Ceiling

Add organic color, pattern and texture to a lackluster ceiling with grass-cloth wall covering.

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Book Grass Cloth

Prior to installation, each cut grass-cloth panel needs to be "booked" before it can be installed as a full run. In order to do this, allow 5 minutes for the paste to cure, then fold the pasted side back onto itself, creating folds approximately 12-14 inches wide. The overall shape of the folded strips resembles a book spine, hence the term "booking".

Apply Paper to Ceiling

Starting in the ceiling's center, attach the first run of grass cloth by pressing it into place, then slightly adjusting it until it's perfectly straight (Image 1). Make your way from one side of the room to the other, pressing the paper firmly against the ceiling. Once paper is properly positioned, use wallpaper smoothing tool to release any air bubbles (Image 2), then cut any excess along edges using a retractable blade (Image 2).

Match Up Seams and Repeat

Once center run is in place, add grass-cloth panels to both sides, following the steps listed above, until entire ceiling is covered.

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