Asked on May 1, 2017

Walls are a mess...any ideas

Katherine AnneSharonSam


5 answers
  • Judy Ferrell
    on May 1, 2017

    skim coat with plaster and paint
  • Sam
    on May 2, 2017

    i agree... it makes a world of dif. go on internet and look up texturing walls. then practice on junk wood before going on to your wall. i did our living room and front hall. looks fantastic! you can use
    Mud Boss® All-Purpose Ready Mix Joint Compound. you can get it at menards. its less costly than thin coat plaster and is easier to work with. you can do amazing things with it! and no prep work to the walls unless you have glossy paint on them. then you would prime them with a good primer first.
    good luck!
  • Sharon
    on May 3, 2017

    Buy a foot long mudding knife to make quick work of it.
  • Katherine Anne
    on May 8, 2017

    We just bought a house in September and it is 99 years old. The house was painted with a flat neutral paint, but the longer we look at them, the more we noticed all the imperfections. So many imperfections that it is bothersome. Obviously, in order to Simply use paint again well not work on its own. We would have to re skim each and every wall in the entire house,with some mud and sand it. then base coat and paint a couple times. I don't have the money to hire someone to do that for me properly and honestly, I don't want to do that at all. I think it'll be messy and far too time-consuming. I was just online yesterday, learning about doing an " old world painting using glaze" technique that involves a base coat of any color of your choosing and then using a glaze mixed with paint that is 3 to 4 shades darker or lighter,than your base coat. Using a tool called a wooly and a wide brush...simply apply the glaze coat. The one thing I found out for certain, that is very important to do is to choose and acrylic glaze verses an oil-based glaze. I don't know what the decor of your home is, but it will fit in with ours perfectly.! It ends up being quite a high-end classy look. Check it out online and you will see that it is not complicated, and I think you will find the results are far quicker and more satisfying, than skimming the walls and all that is involved with that. I'm excited to do it and I might even make my own glaze.
    • Sharon
      on May 8, 2017

      As a decorative painter who does the type of techniques your talking about, I find if the walls aren't smooth, the low areas can be more obvious..... test an area first.
      You don't have to skim the whole wall, just do the low areas, and sand smooth. Be sure to prime.
  • Katherine Anne
    on May 8, 2017

    Ok, thanks so much! Glad for the feedback, I have never done it and am planning to, so any input is absolutely appreciated!!! Thank you for taking the time to pass that on. 🌞
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