DIY Grasscloth Console

A long time ago I had Jon build me a Parson style console for our living room. Everything on the market was a bit too skinny for my liking so we had to go the DIY route.

A quick trip to Home Depot for some 2’x4′ and my amazing husband came up with this:

diygrassclothconsole

We then had to use joint compound to fix the grooves and give us a smooth surface to work with.

diygrassclothconsole

Then I got pregnant, had Hudson and life became super busy so it sat in the basement for a while and then a couple of months ago it made it up to the living room:

diygrassclothconsole

It stayed like this for another couple of months and then finally a couple of weeks ago we had a free weekend to just stay home and work on it. Finishing meant covering the whole thing in grasscloth.

Here is how we tackled it:

You will need:
-A roll of grasscloth wallpaper (I use to order budget friendly grasscloth from a wallpaper book called Decortor’s Grasscloth, but it looks like it’s been discontinued)
-Wallpaper paste
-Seam roller
-Wallpaper brush
-Foam brush
-Electric stapler
-Scissors
-Fabric glue

***We had a couple of failed attempts using hot glue and cement glue and wallpaper paste is worked out perfectly.***

Step 1: We wanted to do this project with the least amount of seams possible. The first cut you are going to make is for the top sections of the console. You will need a piece of wallpaper long enough to start at the base of one leg and be able to go up and over to the base of the opposite leg. Brush on wallpaper paste once it’s cut:

wallpaperpaste

Step 2: Make sure to smooth our air bubbles. We used a foam wallpaper brush and our hands to get a smooth surface:

smooth air bubbles

Step 3: Use the rollers to get a crisp edge:

rollerforedges

Now since the width of the wallpaper is larger than the width of the console you’ll have excess paper on the front and back. This excess is good because you can fold it underneath the console and have nice finished edges and your seams will be underneath the console.

Step 4: In order to fold the excess underneath the console you’ll need to tackle the corners:

diygrassclothconsole

 Step 5: Repeat the corner process above on the 3 other corners. Once you are done it will look like this:

underneathgrassclothconsole

Step 6: The wallpaper paste does a great job of holding the wallpaper in place, but we wanted a little extra support on the pieces directly underneath the top of the console, because of the weight of the grasscloth so, we added a couple of staples:

staplesunderconsole

Step 7: The final part of the console is to cut the pieces for underneath the console. Instead of one continuous piece we cut 3 separate pieces. Along with cutting them down in height we cut the sides as well to get the perfect seam. Once the pieces were cut and coated with wallpaper paste we applied it to the console right on the edges:

sidesunderneathconsole

Step 8: Since you are cutting these panels down to size on both the top/bottoms and sides you might want to make them a little bit larger so you don’t cut them too small and then get rid of the excess with razor for a clean cut. Repeat steps with the other two sides.

razoredges

Step 9: Because of the nature of grasscloth wallpaper there can be a little bit of fraying when you cut it. It wasn’t a huge issue, but we had a couple of frayed hairs on the corners so we used a little fabric glue and applied it corner seam to prevent the fraying:

diy grasscloth wallpaper

Step 10: Let everything set for 24 hours and then enjoy your new piece of furniture!

diy grasscloth console

Close up of finished corner:

diy grasscloth console

Whew! Now I know why grassclothed pieces of furniture cost so much. At the end of the day it wasn’t really hard just time consuming. Once you got into the swing of it though it was pretty easy to do.

*In the past when we had tried to grasscloth furniture we never got a result we liked so we are super happy with this result. Our original plan was to lacquer it as well, but we tested out covering grasscloth with a high gloss acrylic coating of poly and the grasscloth just soaked it up and we did not get a lacquered finished.

 

 

 

 

 

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22 Responses to DIY Grasscloth Console

  1. Ok. I have extra grasscloth and I am doing this!!

  2. I’ve been considering doing this to an old console I have and you’ve inspired me! How much grasscloth did this take?

  3. Michele says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous! I would be too chicken to try this, but it is off the charts awesome!

  4. Brittany says:

    That looks so great!!! I wonder if I can rope my dad or BF into building one for me ;)

  5. Love love love this!! I definitely want to try in our house!

  6. Amy says:

    This is gorgeous, well done!

  7. daryn says:

    I’m obsessed, you are so talented!!

  8. Ashley says:

    Camila, this table looks absolutely sensational! The crisp corners look so professional. Are you and Jon taking orders? ;)

  9. Sarah says:

    Worth the wait! Looks really nice!

  10. Katrina says:

    The grass cloth console table looks fantastic!!! & Looks so professional!!!! WOW!

  11. Naomi says:

    The console turned out lovely! Great job :) I saw this on pinterest and clicked over to find out more about that fabulous lamp! Did you make it?

  12. Alyson says:

    That looks great! Impressive.

  13. Wow, so much transformation going on here. The grass cloth table looks fantastic. Can you tell me more info on the print/art in the back ground with pink and tan colors? ITs cute!

  14. modern jane says:

    This is so awesome. It is perfect there! That’s the best part about DIY. I can’t wait to go read your post about the styling too.

  15. This looks spectacular! I always love everything you do–and you’ve styled it to perfection. I’m going to feature this on my blog! Now I’m thinking through my client list on who might be willing to tackle this project. ;-) Thanks for sharing!
    Abby M.

  16. Nancy says:

    I love this! thank you for sharing.
    xo Nancy

  17. This is gorgeous!! I don’t think I’m talented/patient enough to do it myself, but I LOVE the results!

  18. Kate says:

    This is a majorly fabulous DIY!! You are so crafty!

  19. The console looks fantastic! Enjoy!

  20. Abby says:

    You made this look SOOOO easy! I’ve seen a few of these same type projects and they are way more complicated! Thanks for posting… I need a skinny so we might be taking the DIY route too! :)

  21. kayce hughes says:

    beautiful! And I am in love with your red bamboo frame.

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