Wall Fashion

Since 2013 we have noticed a dramatic renaissance in specialty wallcoverings and wallpapers. Young professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area are looking for hip, bold ,dramatic, fun and classic wallpapers.

Todays freshest interiors are taking a page from the past , by way of reissued wallpaper designs. These expertly crafted patterns hark back to a time when prints were painstakingly hand-drawn and screen printed.

Designers, architects, builders,and  homeowners are turning to companies such as Farrow & Ball, Graham & Brown, Anthropologie and others for their inspiration.

Graphic prints, bold colors and unusual textures are back with a 21st century twist. 

Why A Cut Above? 

If you are going to purchase a beautiful custom wallpaper  you’ll need an expert to install it properly for you. There are so many nuances and variables when installing custom wallcoverings.

I was trained for 25 years by one of the most talented wallpaper artisans I have ever known. Her precision and artistry were impressed into my mind , heart and hands.

I am thrilled that after falling from favor for a while, the landscape for adventure with wallpapers and wallcoverings has opened up again, and is more exciting than ever before.

I have been installing all kinds of wallcovering since 1981. As you have probably noticed there are almost zero wallpaper artisans left. It is so exciting to continue the journey into  the bold new world of wallcovering. 

It Takes Hands to Execute

This is my favorite part and the most valuable to you I think. No one installs your beautiful wallcoverings except me. I simply don’t allow anyone else to do it. So to have the owner ,who is totally invested and committed  to the success of your project , do the entire installation, I believe is of great value to you. Only you care as much as I do about the end product. Skilled caring hands, decades of experience and a passion for my art is what I offer to you. Meticulous prep work is vital to the proper installation of your wallcovering. It is usually a three step process. If the walls are textured I smooth coat your walls first,  this requires two coats of smooth wall which I finish with a wet sponge so we don’t have to do any sanding, this process is day 1. After drying over night we come back and paint the wall surface with a special wallcovering primer- sealer, this is day 2. Again after drying overnight I come back and install your wallcovering, this is day 3. This prep is absolutely vital to the proper and successful installation of your wallcovering, I never cut corners on the prep. There are thousands of different types of wallcovering, it is vital to have an expert installer to make sure your wallcovering project works out the way you want it.

Selection and Availability

Due to the marvels of the internet, one no longer has to venture to a paint and wallpaper store and wade through heavy sample books or take them home. Now with hugely diverse web sites such as

Graham & Brown     Farrow & Ball     Decorators Best     Design Your Wall     Anthropologie    Murals your way

one can search for any type or style of wallcovering and order samples online. We suggest that you find what you like online, order the samples and then have us come and review them with you before ordering.

We have  imaginative, and  excited clients purchasing wallpapers from England, the Phillipines, Thailand, Scandinavia, yes the world over and bringing them to us to install. It’s a bold new world of vibrant and eclectic wallcoverings  where there are limitless possibilities and ways to explore and express your imagination and creativity

The Next Step

One of my favorite aspects of my art is to assist in the design/selection process. I visit your home, get a sense of your style and give technical and artistic advice. Some people already know or have found exactly what they want and some are working with designers. I have worked side by side with and for interior designers for over 30 years, and they often seek my technical opinion. I measure the project to give you accurate ordering amounts, and explain the whole process from start to finish. You’ll notice from my Yelp reviews how valuable clear and expert advice has been to my clients.
Please contact the owner Keith Lelliott via text or phone @ 925-519-2319 or e-mail me at acutabovewallcovering@comcast.net



Berkeley Marina Double Tree Hotel Project


From 1990 until the present, A Cut Above removed wallpaper, installed new wallcoverings , tiled and painted literally thousands of hotel rooms.
We also have refurbished dozens of banks, furniture stores and retail stores along with hospitals, retirement homes, medical and dental offices.
We have redecorated numerous commercial offices and buildings. Our projects are too many too list so below are a few to illustrate the types of projects we have completed.



We specialize in high-quality residential painting services, both interior and exterior. Utilizing the highest quality products, we take the time to ensure every job is completed professionally and in a timely manner. 
Whether you need one room painted or your entire house, you can rest assured your job will be handled with unparalleled professionalism and exemplary execution.

Interior Painting

We have a crew of up to 8 experienced painters. We prep and paint walls, ceilings, doors, cabinets, trim, furniture. We perform every kind of interior painting from basic to detailed,  high end finishes. Our focus is on protecting your home and doing the necessary prep work to give you a long lasting and beautiful paint finish.

Exterior Painting

We have a crew of up to 8 experienced exterior painters. We inspect the exterior, repair or replace damaged wood, perform detailed preparation of all surfaces and apply only the best exterior paints. We   also paint or stain exterior doors and trim.

Decorative Painting Finishes

We specialize in a variety of specialty finishes. These included but are not limited to  : Faux finishes, metallic finishes, cabinet distressing, decorative painting.


An important part of our ongoing development is a collaboration that started in 2011 with Bridgette Smith, a very talented artisan, who has greatly enhanced our operation with her wide and varied skills. The alliance of our two companies has formed a synergy that gives us and you a distinct advantage.

Bridgette was trained in some of the best Specialty and Decorative Finishes Studios in San Diego Ca.

Her wide range of skills include but are not limited to Marmarino plaster, Venetian plaster, lime washes and all modes of decorative painting including glazing and metallic finishes. Her ability to hand mix paint and plaster colors and custom textures makes her an excellent choice for a wide range of projects. 

She is also very talented at distressing and painting cabinets and furniture.  

She has worked for many years with designers , architects , builders and homeowners throughout the U.S. and internationally.

We are thrilled to work on magnificent projects alongside Bridgette. 

Old World Textures

These textures give an old world charm to European inspired homes. Originally used to simulate the texture on Mediterranean style homes, old world is now found in many communities. Old world can be seen in many variations from a soft floated texture to a heavier variation with more character. 

This multilayered Marmarino plaster was applied to a bathroom remodel we did in Pleasanton in 2014 giving it a very old world finish . Applied by Bridgette Smith .


Architectural Foam Trim Finishes

These foam trim and custom foam shapes can be added to exterior and interior applications such as windows, columns and fireplaces. These can be finished to greatly enhance the final appearance of your project. 

In this Pleasanton family room we plastered over an existing brick fireplace using architectural foam andMarmarino plaster.

In this Pleasanton family room we plastered over an existing brick fireplace using architectural foam andMarmarino plaster.

Specialty finishes

Bridgette specializes in a variety of specialty finishes.these included but are not limited to  : Lime washes, Marmarino plaster,Venetian plaster 

This lime wash was applied to this grand entryway foyer in the Dublin Hills, CA. Specialty finish appled by Bridgette Smith.


Basic drywall repair and textures

We are skilled in drywall installation, drywall repair and a variety of basic drywall textures,including but not limited to Smoothcoat, Knockdown, Orange peel and Skip trowel texture. We remove a lot of old wallpaper and finish the walls to match the rest of the home.


At A Cut Above we have a team of 3 very talented and experienced finish carpenters. Our finish carpentry services include, crown mouldings & baseboards, staircase and bookcase construction, wainscot and fireplace mantles, coved ceilings and trim work.
We also perform exterior trim work & dry rot repair and arbor and deck construction.

Kitchen Remodel Pleasanton 2016