here are the supplies that i used:
*paint to match the grasscloth
*old paint brush for wallpaper paste
*x acto knife/utility knife + sharp scissors
i cut in a strip of the paint along the top and bottom of the wall, in the corners, and also on where all the seams were gong to be. i read a lot of review from other DIY'ers who said that the seams were much more apparent than they had bargained for. painting the wall where the seams meet makes the seams virtually disappear when the paper is hung!
when i was ready to hang the paper, i put the paper where i wanted it, and held it in place with some push pins. this helped hold it up while i put the paste on the wall. i kept the push pins in place until the entire length of grasscloth was pasted.
i opted to coat the walls with paste, (versus coat the back of the paper), using an old brush. i think this was a very effective and easy way to hang the paper. i just had to make sure that the wall was thoroughly and evenly covered with paste. i worked in about 2 feet sections, starting at the top and working my way to the base molding.
then i smoothed the wallpaper with a smoother tool starting at the top, being sure to push out any air bubbles.
to cut holes for the outlets, the switch and the thermostat, i carefully cut an "x" at the location of each item as i moved my way down the paper. once the paper was smoothed out around each one, i used an xacto knife to better trim around them.
i had read that you have to use very sharp scissors in order to cut grasscloth, but after a few clumsy attempts at cutting the paper with scissors, i decided to use a utility knife with a fresh blade, which i found much easier.
i covered the switch plate using a scrap of grasscloth, and some duct tape...i just wrapped it like a present, and used an xacto knife to cut the opening for the switch.
once the outlet cover and switch plate were remounted, i dabbed some matching paint on the screws to help them blend in.
is this something that you would attempt at your own home? or would you call in the experts?