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DIY fix to hide damaged walls or paneling

If you don't want to invest in new drywall/sheetrock and having paneling, here is a straight forward DIY option if you dont mind a textured wall. Also a good option if you have a heavily damaged wall.
These photos are from our cottage on the lake .... I removed all of the molding that covered the seams of the wall board. Then with a bucket of ready made drywall mud and a 6" knife I applied it all over the walls. No need to be perfect and you can apply it as heavy as you want. I did fill the seams of the wall board first, then just started applying throughout the whole room - getting as close to the trim as possible to give a natural look. Give 24 hours to dry completely before painting!
Then paint (see staged photos). Then I applied a translucent glaze that I purchased at Lowe's. Finished product is kind of tuscan looking stucco! Affordable and easy .. and its a pretty good workout for your upper body! :)

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  • Pam
    Pam Alexandria, LA
    on Jun 6, 2012

    Here's something I did in my bedroom on the walls which may work for you and it was so easy. I bought a galln of the paint color I wanted on my walls and poured into a bucket and mixed joint compound, approximately 2 to 3 cups per gallon of paint, stired together and used a roller with thicnk nap and just rolled on my walls. It was think enough to cover the damaged spots. When I poured some into my paint roller pan, I drizzeled a little darker shade on the roller every now anf then while rolling so the colors sort of blended and left lighter and darker mixture of colors and it gave a tuscan look to the walls. My walls look similar to yours and I did it in one step.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Jun 6, 2012

    It looks beautiful, Becky Sue. What a great solution.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Peace Painting Co., Inc. Alpharetta, GA
    on Jun 7, 2012

    Nothing short of amazing. That would look great on any wall. Nice touch with the knife.

  • AK Complete Home Renovations
    AK Complete Home Renovations Marietta, GA
    on Jun 7, 2012

    Great job Becky Sue! I pay my finisher a lot of money to do what you did.

  • Ginny W
    Ginny W Grand Rapids, MI
    on Jun 7, 2012

    Beautiful transformation!

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