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  1. In the Tweeds says:

    Camila that looks fantastic!!! And that was just brilliant to post on CL. Go you! Can't wait to see it with crown moulding now!

  2. Living It At Home says:

    Wow, I am impressed! It is tough owning a home and all that goes with it! We decided to tackle painting a small bathroom and it is a disaster! Bathroom is still sitting unfinished! What a great idea with the grass cloth! Love the texture and what a score to have it installed for that price! Hang in there and great job!

  3. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    It looks great and that is some smart bargaining! Such a great idea! Way to go!

  4. Jennifer says:

    looks fantastic, Camilla! what a great strategy! I wouldn't have been that persistent and would have either forked over more cash or spent a miserable weekend doing it myself!

  5. Margaret says:

    I am 99% sure we are going to paint our floors too. Long story short we bought Ikea bamboo floors right when Ikea put out flooring and they are awful, peeling, nicks all over, really really soft and they look like crap. I've written to Ikea and they want me to send them an actual sample of the bad floor… I'm really going to rip up a section of my floor to send to them, riiight.

    So my question, how are your painted floors holding up? We have no $ to replace the floors and when I read your post I thought this would be an awesome alternative that we could afford.

  6. Ashley says:

    This is SO great! It really adds character to the room!

  7. Amy says:

    It looks beautiful, and what a deal you got! Grasscloth is gorgeous, but way too intimidating to deal with. You made a smart choice by hiring someone.

  8. Cashmere Cowboy says:

    I love your kitchen, The grass-cloth on the ceiling is genius! How are the painted floors holding up?

  9. Splendid Sass says:

    Looks great. I must admit that I have never thought of grasscloth on a ceiling, but it looks great!
    Have nice weekend.

  10. katiedid says:

    Hmmm….pretty good trick! I will have to try the Craiglist idea soon! I always seem to pay too much!

  11. Nicole-Lynn says:

    It turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. LindsB says:

    LOVE IT!! What a great win-win situtation!

    Also just putting this out there, but if you ever need a new home for those baskets, I know someone who would love them ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. consumerkatiescomments says:

    Great job!!! Love the floor too!!!

  14. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy says:

    Looks amazing! And I always look to Craigslist for furniture, but never thought to look for "handymen"! Thanks for that tip!

  15. Robyn says:

    Great job on outsourcing! I love Craig! He helped me sell a lot of furniture last weekend. He may help me out with a couple more pieces this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. Stephanie Sabbe says:

    love it! never would have thought about CG. My client requires all this insurance paper work, but for myself that would be a great idea.

  17. Heather J says:

    What great ideas…both the grass cloth and craigslist. It looks really great!

  18. Mrs. Chic says:

    I really like your idea of hanging grass-cloth on the ceiling…looks so pretty.

    In the past I've used CL to find landscapers to install a sprinkler system and even found our Wedding Photographer via CL – there's many talented people out there!

  19. Teresa Meyer says:

    Oh my gosh Camila it looks absolutely stunning!!!! I love, love, LOVE it! Man, gotta love Craigslist.

    Now, going back to see where you got the grasscloth from…

  20. Deb's mind says:

    I love your persistence!! Good job!!

  21. Elena says:

    Nice work, fru-gal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ This strategy is similar to another service I just heard of called You post a job and the max you're willing to pay and people contact you to do it. And it's all online, so it's pretty competitive as far as pricing.

  22. Emily says:

    It looks amazing! Great post too. I love that even those that love a good project need outside help at times! It was so great to meet you this week and I hope we can meet again soon!

  23. jessica o'brien says:

    what a great tip! i've never used craigslist in that way. thanks for sharing!

  24. Sincerely Sara Cate says:

    I love the look of the ceiling with the wire baskets and white ceramics! Great job!

  25. Laurie Jones says:

    It really looks beautiful, I just had my entryway wallpapered and it was the best $150.00 spent, in fact I would have spent more!!

  26. kayce hughes says:

    It looks so great! And I love the CL advice.

  27. Cathy says:

    Love it! And I'm still entranced by your floors…*sigh*.

  28. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle says:

    You are such a resourceful girl! What a great tip to tell THEM what you want to pay instead of them telling you what they charge. I love grass cloth, but know that it's a pain to work with. I took wallpapering classes years ago and we were told that string cloth and grass cloth were two types of treatments best left to the pro's-good call!

  29. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design says:

    Such a good tip!!! Would have never thought of it! And your grasscloth looks amazing!

  30. diane@onlinefabricstore says:

    I never would have thought to put grasscloth on the ceiling. Not to be negative nellie but how do you handle spattering spaghetti sauce, a soda can that sprays or just everyday dirt and grime? Looks great though.

  31. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    So happy you all liked it. It was worth all of the estimates to get it done right.

    I'm going to try naming my price from now on on craiglist. It worked out great for me and I would totally recommend it.

    The grasscloth is from Steve's Blinds and Wallpaper. My go to web store for inexpensive grasscloth. Plus the book I order them from is at Lowes so I go there to look at the samples and then order a way.

    Floors are doing okay. They don't look quite perfect anymore, but still really good. Because I had two dogs and it's such a high traffic area I think I'm going to poly it with a protective coat. The person I bought it from didn't think I would need it, but with the dogs paws it's totally necessary for me.

    As for stains on the ceiling I've never had any. I've had a can of soda spray all the way up to the ceiling or sauce go crazy. I think it's because my oven has the microwave over it. So if sauce every goes crazy and it does it hit the bottom of the microwave and the subway tiled backsplash, but that's it.

  32. House and Life says:

    It looks so great, I seriously never thought to put grasscloth on the ceiling. Fantastic!

  33. Living Livelier says:

    awesomeness! I LOVE grasscloth, but my husband thinks it looks like "someone puked on the walls" so I haven't used it in my own home yet :(.
    good for you!

  34. MyLittleHappyPlace says:

    Clever, CLEVER girl! The ceiling looks great!

  35. Nicole says:

    I'm also curious about upkeep of grasscloth on the ceiling; I know that my kitchen can get quiet steamy, which would be a problem for wallpaper in general, but heavy stuff like grasscloth on the ceiling seems like a challenge to keep up. Did your wallpaper guy use something extra strong for glue?

  36. le petit garage says:

    Looks fabulous! Love the grass cloth. How are your painted floors? Still holding up with that special paint you used? I have white painted floors and dogs…not a great combo so wanted to see if I should repaint again with that paint. The ceiling is beautious! Well done!

  37. traci zeller designs says:

    You are so smart. What a DEAL!!! And to get crown molding out of it, too … ๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm super impressed!

  38. Midwest Mommy says:

    What a great idea!

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  40. Morgan @ says:

    Beautiful!! Love the idea of posting a gig ad on Craigslist, too!

    The ceiling truly turned out amazing.

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