July 18, 2008 8

a snag…

By in Master Bedroom

I have been in discussions with my good friend Dave who is a contractor (and a very good one) about my walls, which have been decreasing in health with the more paper I remove. Apparently my plaster is only one layer thick, instead of the correct 3 layers (scratch coat and two finishing coats). In some areas it is less than an 8th of an inch on top of the lathe. Not to mention a lot of the plaster keys that hold the plaster to the walls are broken. Also not to mention that in some areas they put a scratch coat and then stuck this brown paper right to the wet plaster. So, I am looking at having to rip down to the lathe in some very large areas. I don’t know anything about plastering or anyone who does it, and not sure it is in my budget to hire a plasterer. I also don’t want to be working on my walls in September when I am back at work.
It looks like I might be looking at putting 3/8 drywall over my walls and ceiling. It will cost me about $165 for the drywall, and Dave says he will help me hang it and that he and I can do it in about 2 hours. It is thin enough that it will not interfere with the original moldings.

This is not at all what I wanted to do, but given time allotment and expense it might be the sensible option (I hate being sensible sometimes). What I don’t want is for weak plaster to absorb my paint and then fall off of my walls.

I’m feeling EXTREMELY discouraged at the moment but trying really hard not to. I know that sometimes plans change and that the finished outcome will still look 100 times better than what I had before. I just need a little bit to absorb this.

8 Responses to “a snag…”

  1. Anna at D16 says:

    Oh, honey! Please don’t let this get you down! It really is going to look a BILLION times (forget 100!) better, and I promise you you’re not ruining anything.

    Sometimes you just have to do drywall, I know. there were areas in my kitchen and bathroom that were totally wrecked, and there was no way I was going to be, like, mixing up batches of browncoat and HORSE HAIR so I could start from scratch with the plaster. We fixed what was fixable within reason, and that’s all you can really do.

    You are very lucky to have a friend like Dave nearby who can help you! $165 and 2 hours sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me (does Dave want to come and finish our basement? haha)! It’s going to be amazing. That’s great that it’s not going to interfere with the moldings, either.

    I love you! Don’t be discouraged, you’re doing great!

  2. Adam says:

    You are very correct. I would be in a better frame of mind if I had slept more than 2 hours last night (different room, different bed + small dog who is afraid of thunder and lightening). This is just a sight change in direction towards the ultimate goal of a better bedroom and house. I’m very lucky to have a friend like Dave, he has helped me out a lot of the past several years.
    Where does one even get horse hair? I would hate to have to sneak out in the night to shave horses!
    Thank you so much for the encouragement Anna, I love you too! This is going to work out great! I’m off to take a nap! More pics later!

  3. You really are very lucky to have a friend that can help you, this sounds like it’s actually a very good situation as they go. I can see where it would suck to have your walls falling apart around your ears but fixing it all and doing it right will be SO satisfying! It’s just tough to have another project on top of everything else! Good luck!

  4. Adam says:

    Yes I am lucky Anne! It is a little annoying to have to add one more step to the process, but as Anna said the outcome will be a “BILLION” times better! I will be a big relief and very satisfying to have them fixed properly.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if there’s a cost difference, but you might want to look into buying paperless drywall. Paperless drywall is just like regular drywall, except it hasn’t got the paper on the front and back. This means the drywall is much more resistant to mould!

    In an older house with (probably) little to know insulation, you might have more moisture issues and thus may be interested in something that’s mould resistant. 🙂


  6. Adam says:

    Thanks Janine! I’ll talk to my friend Dave and see what he thinks.

  7. goosefairy says:

    while the idea of plaster walls is really charming, sometimes the reality of them is not. we have plaster walls in our house and it is a major pain whenever you are dealing with mounting *anything* to the walls. you might be happier with the drywall and, if you want the look of plaster you can always do a somewhat textured skim coat over the finished drywall before painting.

  8. Priscilla says:

    You can do this. My husband and I taught ourselves to drywall when we bought our old house. Of course we had a lot of guidance from people who knew what they were doing. After it is all done, you can say, “I did it!”

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