Patty Knorr
Patty Knorr
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Asked on Jun 15, 2013

Failed Wall Treatment

J747725427EmilyCharles Prock
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I tried a plaster look wall treatment in my bathroom and didn't exactly "nail it". I want to cover it without having to sand the walls. My thought was to try some sort of wainscoting but I am not sure my abilities can pull this off. My skills are pretty much beginner although I try harder! The baseboards and edges are intimidating. Also the room is small. Are there any experts out there who can offer some advice or other ideas? Thanks!
The room is actually a buff color, I thought painting it darker would help. It only made things more obvious,
The room is actually a buff color, I thought painting it darker would help. It only made things more obvious,
11 answers
  • Shari
    on Jun 15, 2013

    I am certainly no plasterer but in my humble opinion (for what it's worth), your texture needs more texture. YouTube has lots of videos on how to do this and I actually found this one quite interesting. I don't know anything about the cost or availability of the spray-on product he used but it sure looks easy enough for a beginner. If I was interested in adding texture to my walls, I would actually try this myself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNSPCwNEKJc You could also try covering your walls with anaglypta wallpaper, which is a textured, paintable wallpaper. It is thicker than regular wallpaper so that it covers some wall imperfections. There are many different designs/textures to choose from and you can even get anaglypta wallpaper that looks like beadboard, which is very popular for those who like the "cottage" or "coastal" look. Beware though, not all beadboard wallpaper is realistic looking. I have recommended the Graham & Brown beadboard wallpaper many times here on HomeTalk. I've used it multiple times in two houses (including on furniture). It's super easy to work with and everyone thinks it's real beadboard. When I tell people it's actually wallpaper, their immediate reaction is, "THAT's wallpaper?!" If you need a source for the G&B beadboard wallpaper, another HomeTalk member, Rhoda V., sells it here: http://southernhospitality.mybigcommerce.com/

  • Patty Knorr
    on Jun 15, 2013

    Thank you. I really want to cover the treatment though. I appreciate your input and the video is cool. I'm pretty sure you can find the product at Home Depot stores.

  • Shari
    on Jun 15, 2013
  • Patty Knorr
    on Jun 15, 2013

    This is awesome! I see patterns that would look great as a back splash too! Thank you!

  • There are a few options; You can try doing a smooth coat by skimming over it with drywall mud - hold the blade around a 30 degree angle & force it into cracks - minimal sanding required Wallpaper as mentioned before Wainscotting - easiest method is to pop the baseboard off - go to lumber yard and have them precut 4x8 panels to the height you want (make it about 1" short as floors are rarely level - baseboard will cover it). Snap a level chalk line & apply liquid nail per directions. Set panel & use some brad nails to help hold it in place. Reinstall base trim & then chair rail of your choice.

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  • Patty Knorr
    on Jun 16, 2013

    I think I can do this! Great instructions. Would I use finishing nails to put up the chair rail? Thank you!

  • I just use brad nails (skinnier than finish) so finishing is easier

  • Patty Knorr
    on Jun 16, 2013

    Thank you.

  • Charles Prock
    on Jul 27, 2015

    Best look you can achieve at this point is glue and tissue paper....Roll or brush the glue on the wall and then crumple up the tissue paper and apply it to the wall smoothing out as much as you want to....When the glue and paper dries paint over it with glue (we're talking elmer's white glue here).and then paint any color you choose....Makes a very upscale look that you will love...Maybe.

  • Emily
    on Apr 6, 2016

    Since your first idea did not succeed, I would recommend just scraping it off. Don't try to cover it with any other project you are not familiar with. the wainscoting and the tissue ideas would be applied to an uneven surface and even with the best of circumstances might be iffy. Good luck!

  • J747725427
    on Oct 21, 2016

    Skim coat with drywall mud. Light sand. Then you can paint

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