Living Room refurb -- plaster newbies

Project by Wendell posted 08-05-2009 09:43 PM 3481 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 2005 we bought a stone farmhouse that was built in 1760. There was some loose plaster in the living room, which we wanted to take care of before we painted. So we started picking at it, and found more. And more. And then we found mildew under the ceiling paint. Grr.

It was a great learning experience because we taught ourselves how to do wet-wall repairs. For most of it we used Synkoloid’s, which is great stuff. By the end our technique had improved to the point where we wanted to go back where we started and do it over. Almost.

Take care to feather out the plaster as smoothly as possible. The better you blend, the less sanding you’ll have to do after it dries. And sanding a ceiling in summer heat is miserable work. But we’re glad we did it.

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posted 08-06-2009 12:50 AM

looks good…...I love those little surprises in the old houses…good job

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 08-07-2009 03:31 PM

Nice work! Learning to plaster is a joy, but the final rewards look great.

-- It's never done...

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posted 08-08-2009 04:49 PM

Nice living room.


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posted 08-08-2009 07:45 PM

Wow, 1760, I would be terrified to touch anything in such a historical structure. The walls must be massive judging by the depth of the window surrounds. Great work and congrats on saving such a structure. BTKS

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posted 08-11-2009 09:17 PM

Looks great. It’s always nice to see someone maintain a historic structure.

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posted 08-13-2009 09:53 PM

Beautiful job!

-- John

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posted 08-23-2009 04:31 PM

Wow! It turned out great.

-- -- Kirk H. -- http://www.kjwoodworking.com

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posted 08-23-2009 05:50 PM

You did a great job, I can’t float plaster or mud to save my life, you definitely have learned a new skill, congrats.

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posted 03-14-2010 07:05 AM

Looks like you did a great job. I love the character of old homes such as yours, too bad they tend to have so many structural problems when they get to be that age or I would own one myself.

-- Figure It Out!

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posted 03-07-2011 10:20 PM

Nice looking work. Did you fix the leak first that caused that staining?

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posted 03-07-2011 11:49 PM

looks fantastic.
And those windows—ooooooh la la

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 03-09-2011 02:30 AM

@SteveW—the leak was fixed by some previous owner. According to the local historical society, the house was vacant “for a number of years” in the early 1900s, so that might be when it all happened.

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posted 03-09-2011 11:58 PM

Hi Wendell;

Very nice repair work.


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