How can work around a wall that is very bumpy

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Anyone know a really economical way to fix a wall that is old, bumpy and uneven. Someone tried to fix,but the sheetrock filler wasn't sanded smooth.
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  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Dec 02, 2013
    Re-sanding and re-mudding the sheetrock OR texturing the wall to hide the bumps and unevenness.
  • a small hand power sander with 80 to 120 grit paper will cut the wall down where its bumpy. But please remember if the paint covering it is really old, it may contain lead paint. You can purchase lead paint test sticks at the box stores so it pays to test. If it comes back as lead, you should be careful to contain any dust and wear a dust mask to prevent breathing in dust. Once you have the high spots cut down, then using a large trowel put on some more spackle and smooth it out. Use very thin layers and do not try to fill and smooth all at once. You can purchase quick drying spackle that you mix in small amounts at a time as it will harden quickly and if you do not get it on walls fast enough you end up throwing it away.
  • Sylvia Smothers Lawing Sylvia Smothers Lawing on Dec 02, 2013
    Thanks so much-I will try this.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Dec 02, 2013
    We had a wall where we removed wallpaper and chunks of the sheetrock was messed up. I refused to float out and sand because I did not want that dust in the ducts. We came up with putting beadboard on the bottom with texture paint on top finished out with a strip of molding and decorative pieces in the corner! I absolutely LOVE the results. It was a small half bath. I have attached a photo. You do not have to worry about getting the beadboard cut exactly straight because the molding covers the very top! My colors are less brown than the photo shows, but not pink.
  • Jaw Restoration Jaw Restoration on Dec 02, 2013
    Woodbrige Environmental is correct in the advice he gave you, "a small hand power sander with 80 to 120 grit paper will cut the wall down where its bumpy. But please remember if the paint covering it is really old, it may contain lead paint. You can purchase lead paint test sticks at the box stores so it pays to." After that is done, you can mix Compound and Plaster of Paris w/ lite water until it's turns into a bread dough like consistency. Spackle it all over the wall to cover affected areas. Once you have done this complete process. Get a Yellow Masonry Sponge. You can find it in any Lowes, Homedepot or Hardware. Dip the sponge in a bucket of clean water, squeeze litely and smooth out the wall. Once the compound mix drys, you should get a smooth wall finish and ready to paint. If you like, you can contact me via email: jaw restoration@yahoo.com for free advice or visit our website: http://www.jawrestoration.wix.com/jawrestoration
  • KATHLEEN QUINLAN KATHLEEN QUINLAN on Dec 02, 2013
    I built a new home in 1990. The builder did not properly install 2 skylights. I had multiple leaks. Very stressful, my homeowner's insurance went up but all I got was paint as a cure for this annoying issue. Finally I had my roof re-shingled and found no flashing . So, all is fixed but my ceiling (cathedral) was a mess bumpy, yellowish, sheet rock no good in many area's. So I had tongue and groove knotty pine board put up. and yes my ceiling was crooked. The boards help disguise that as you have them cut to size. It looks Wonderful!!! I rally do not like sheet rock. It is not durable at all one nick and it is impossible to repair 100%....I hope this helps to give you an option!!!!
  • BJ Ward BJ Ward on Jul 16, 2015
    Paintable Textured Wallpaper. available in home improvement stores. Relatively inexpensive, easy to use, covers a multitude of blemishes, and adds so much style to an area. We applied it to the ceilings in our 1910 house, choosing a style that looked like antique ceiling tiles.