Saturday, March 12, 2011

My New Old Plaster Walls

I've been plastering the walls downstairs and it's turned out really well. The walls were paneling, the kind that comes in 4 x 8 sheets and has grooves that supposedly simulate planks, not real paneling. I taped all the joints because cracks will form if you don't then used sheetrock mud, the kind that comes in a huge bucket, to fill the grooves. I troweled over this with more mud stippling it with a rag as I went to get the effect I wanted. Very time consuming but a cheap way to change an ugly wall.

I've hated this ceiling since the day I saw it and I finally took the plunge and took it down. I knew it wasn't a drop ceiling attached to a flimsy metal frame so it was a huge undertaking to get it down. The tiles were nailed to 1 x 3 pine boards that were nailed across the rafters. I spent days and days on top of a ladder with a crowbar.

Here's the huge beam I uncovered that runs the length of the house.

Everyone should have flourescent lights in the ceiling. Energy efficient.

The rafters turned out to be dirty so I spent more days on a ladder with a scrub brush. This picture is before they were cleaned. I wanted them exposed but now I can't decide if I want to clear coat them or paint them white.

No after picture yet because it's not in order yet, but soon. This is only about a third of the space I have to do anyway. At least I got started!

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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, you have been busy! This is quite an undertaking but I know it will be wonderful when completed. Thank you so much for sharing this at my first party!

Aroura said...

Love the old world plaster! I love that look. Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

This will be so worth it in the end. Loving your blog!

Honey at 2805 said...

I know this was a huge undertaking. Been there, done that to my kitchen. Plasters the entire was and ceiling (after scraping off the popcorn. The lower part of the nook had the same type paneled wainscotting. Nice job, hard work but worth the effort!

Patsy said...

Thank you everyone for your comments and visiting my blog. We did our bathroom like this a couple of years ago and it seems like a very durable finish. Now if only I can find the time to do the other half of the room.

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

I love what you are doing and I know you will be heavily rewarded for your hard work and endurance. Please keep us updated. I can't wait to see your finished room.

Dodie Herrmann said...

Wow, I love the plaster too! I did that years ago when we were in an old mobile home, but I hadn't thought of doing it since. Cool!

Patsy said...

Dodie, Idid it years ago too so I knew it held up well; this room had to have a rustic look.

Michele, thank you, I can't wait to see it finished either but it's gonna be a long project.

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