My Walls Have Weird Textures. Help!
Sleek, clean, smooth… that is how you envision your new home walls to be. However, you fell in love with a 1930’s tudor-style home and smooth walls went out the window!
Why Do They Even Exist?
Even though you might not agree with the design choice, textured walls were quite common many years ago. It was in vogue for the time, just like scrunchies were in vogue in the 80s. People will pay a pretty penny for Venetian plaster finishes that are in fact absolutely beautiful, but chances are, when you move into a new house, you will most likely be inheriting something not worth a pretty penny. Types of textures you might encounter: Spanish stucco, knockdown, popcorn, and orange peel. You would think it was food related!
Spot textures are most likely the result from wall repairs or a ‘creative moment’ gone awry. Examples include: Patching holes in dry wall using a patching screen which in turn causes the repaired area to look raised and patching old plaster walls with a smooth compound. Just see for yourself below.
So how do I get rid of them!
If these textures aren’t up your ally, have no fear. You can get rid of them by performing a project called Skim Coating. This project takes a lot of grit and hard work to DIY, but you can save considerable money doing it yourself.
Skim coating is a process where joint compound – a white cake-like batter substance is applied to walls, left to dry and then sanded down to a smooth finish. You repeat this process 2-3 times and voila, your walls are like new. Joint compound – aka “dry wall compound” and “mud” most often comes in a ready mix form in 5 gallon buckets. It’s pretty cheap and will run you approx. 15 dollars. It is a white creamy substance that is composed of water, limestone and a few other things. The compound takes a few hours to days to dry through the evaporation process.
Dust and Safety
It is important to note with skim coating you will have a considerable amount of dust. ALWAYS wear a respirator that is either N-95 or N-100 NIOSH rated. To learn more about respirators click here.
If your house was built prior to 1978 and you are performing home improvement, we recommend you perform a lead test on the areas you will be working. Lead paint is most toxic in dust form and is particularly harmful to children, pregnant woman and people with weakened immune systems. To learn more about lead paint click here.