Our study, walls cleaned and patched!

January 22, 2009 at 11:09 am | Posted in During, Our Home, Our Study, Projects | 8 Comments
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We’ve finally finished scrubbing the little chunks of wallpaper off of the study walls!  *Almost* ready to start painting!

Check out my cheesy fake smile here.  I was just so happy about scrubbing the walls – NOT!

We had a small discussion about what should be done with the cracked and partially missing plaster above the windows.  It was suggested (by quite a few people) that we hire a plaster guy to come in and fix it.  And, umm… well, we ignored that suggestion.  Instead, we bought some plaster patching compound, and went at it ourselves.  Maybe we’ll regret this decision in a few years, if/when our patch job fails.  But for now, it was a $5 quick and easy fix.  We plan to hang shelves above the windows to store books, so if it doesn’t look perfect, it will be blocked by books anyways.

My patching supplies positioned nicely on our nasty basement floor.

Here I am, hard at work.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I read that I needed to use very thin layers, so I think I applied about 60 very thin layers.  It took about an hour, but in the end, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

The final product.  This will look much better when sanded and painted!



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  1. Did you chisel out any of the old plaster or just skim coat it?

    • I chiseled out anything that would come off easily… Quite a bit of it was still really, truly, and officially stuck, so I didn’t mess with that. In fact, based on the look of some of the chunks, I think some of the parts that came off easily may have been someone else’s patch and not even the actual plaster.

  2. You can always use that stuff I used at the lake and paint on a textured wall. It is white but can be painted any color. It covers up imperfections very well but I don’t know if cracks will show up later. I put it on new wall at the lake because I wanted the old rough plastered look. Just an idea!

  3. Hey, aren’t you supposed to be working at 11:09 A.M.? Just thought I’d ask! I wonder why this thing left my comment twice.

  4. Jason was sanding last night when I talked to you. Does it look any better as you anticipated?

    • I’m not sure what it looks like yet… I’ve been letting the dust settle in there! He mentioned he might have some more sanding to do, and that I might have to go over the areas that he sanded with some of that patching plaster… So keep your fingers crossed, and we’ll update you as soon as more progress has been made!

  5. Re: Jan 13th-Kitchen Plans
    I Like your new concept, bigger bath room,bigger kitchen, breakfast area, and small home office desk (built in). Think your bathroom door is hung (swings) the wong way. I know it’s early in your planing but give more thought to your sink-refrig-stove triangle. Maybe you want them in closer proximity to each other.
    Sure is looking like you’ll have a nice little home when you are finished, but them nobody ever is totally finished with their home.
    Merry Christmases and Kisses,
    Your fancy pants Gramps

    • I’m glad you approve! 🙂

      I think we might do a sliding pocket door for the bathroom… so that we can keep things a little more open there, since it’s going to be a back hall/walk through to the kitchen.

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