Thibault goes for the glam.
This Thibault grasscloth is no ordinary grasscloth. It’s overlaid with a film that gives it bit of a shimmer. It’s not unlike a similar product from Philip Jeffries, called Max’s Metallic Raffia, although it’s got far less ‘bling’ than PJ’s glimmering grasscloth.
Kudos for the packaging
This is the first time I’ve ever come across this type of roll protection for grasscloth, or for any material for that matter. These roll-end protectors are made from recycled paper, and they’re the same weight as the sleeves that slide around your Starbucks cup of hot coffee. As expected, the edges of the rolls were in perfect condition.
Still needs to be trimmed
Despite the well-protected and well-manufactured edges of the material, the material still looked better trimmed than untrimmed once on the wall. We hung the first area — above a chair rail in a narrow hallway — using untrimmed sheets. The factory edges were beautiful, and the coloring was dense and consistent, so we figured, why not? The reason, as it turned out, is because the overlay of film that gives the material its ‘glam’ appearance doesn’t extend all the way to the edge of the sheet. It ends about a sixteenth-inch from the edge. The result is an eighth-inch vertical band at each seam that’s a different shade than the rest of the material.
Here are a couple of pictures of seams with the untrimmed sheets. As you can see, the seam stands out, although not too terribly, but still noticeable as a brownish line in this otherwise greenish grasscloth.
The next photos are of the seams where we’d trimmed a nominal amount off of each edge, in order to eliminate the discoloration at the seams. It added time to the job, but the results were worth it. In the closeup photo, it’s obvious that there’s no discoloration at all, and that the seams are as they should be: tight and shade-less.
Glam seam roller
The film that gives this material its glam isn’t so permanent. After a few hours, this is what my seam roller looked like. Beware. We double-cut two seams over a doorway, and the light-duty masking tape that we used for protecting the underlapped sheet from paste actually pulled the film off with it. We ended up with a two-inch vertical stripe that looked darker than the rest of the room. So, we pulled those two sheets down, and we double-cut the replacement sheets using wax paper for protection, rather than tape. Lesson learned.
Some folks are better than others when it comes to trapeze work. We needed to raise this chandelier in order to better position our two scaffolds over the center staircase for the painting of the ceiling. Our helper, Dave, was fearless when it came time to walk the plank. He strolled out onto that thing like it was nothin’, and then he hoisted the light fixture and hooked the chain to itself in order to shorten it by a foot. Brave Dave. (Thanks, Dave!) That’s fellow-NGPP member Dick Wilson, below-decks, helping out with lifting the fixture. This was Dick’s job — a 40-roll, two-story foyer, plus a hallway – and we were able to team-up and knock it out in a few days.