Help please, stucco damage

While removing the previous owner's tile the stucco came off in large chunks. The rest of the house is lath and plaster but this seems to be cement type board over widely spaced planks. Can I skim coat and move ahead or do I need to replace the the entire kitchen with new sheetrock? I'm worried that the coin detail around the door frame will get destroyed if I have to pull out the old wall board.
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q help please stucco damage, concrete masonry, home maintenance repairs, how to, kitchen design, wall decor
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  • Susan Susan on Feb 25, 2015
    Skim coat. There is a You Tube video I watched a few months back. The guy mixed plaster of paris with regular drywall mud and water and skimmed the whole wall from the bottom up. It was prime ready when he was finished. Will try to find that specific link for you but I'm sure there are others.
  • ..The consensus seems to be to Skimcoat. But as mentioned , use Plaster, or as mentioned above, the mixture. , and do not use straight sheetrock compound. : You will have to " fill in' and get it as smooth as possible, but results equals time spent, and I wouldnt want to pull out all the old wallboard either.
  • Suzyetty Suzyetty on Feb 25, 2015
    Thank you both. I have plaster of paris in the basement and will give it a try. Do you think it will hold up to new subway tiles? Meaning can it support the weight?
    • @Suzyetty ...yes, it will. BUT make sure you ' wet' that area- DAMP, not really wet- before putting the plaster on . Using a large sponge, apply water so its damp, but not wet. Let dry before sanding it .
  • Rosalie chow Rosalie chow on Feb 25, 2015
    Plaster of paris might not work. Plaster of paris is just good for small hold or repairing sheet rock. Subway tiles need tiles glue like mortal and grout. I hope you ask a professional person like Home Depot. They will teach you for free.
  • Suzyetty Suzyetty on Feb 25, 2015
    Thanks for your response rosalie. I wouldn't attempt to attach tile with out the proper bonding agents. I just wanted to smooth/level the old wall out first before tiling. I don't want to do more damage by ripping out the old stucco but I also don't want to have tiles popping from the wall because the base is to weak to support the weight of tile. Not sure if that makes sense and sorry for the confusion.
    • See 2 previous
    • @Suzyetty are so welcome ! Let me know if you need any further help. :)
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Feb 26, 2015
    You can always put up wire mesh to help everything stay in place. Like they used to do in the 40's and 50's.
  • Bev Bev on Feb 26, 2015
    I think it totally depends on how much damage and how deep. If it's just minor,I see no reason not to use drywall compound. You will still have a solid backing. Do not use plaster of Paris. Regular plaster... If it were me,I would re drywall the whole thing,using the appropriate materials.
  • Susan Susan on Feb 26, 2015
    I have never used plaster of paris only for a wall repair, I'm a compound girl. One of my sons uses durabond but you have to tool it really well to get a smooth surface because it's doesn't like sandpaper very much. In any event whatever you choose, you do need to prime the surface. Good advice from shelbybella
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Feb 27, 2015
    Could this be that type of waterproof boarding they use for showers, etc.? My drywall/plaster guy has dif kinds of compounds he uses depending on how much structure/strength is needed.