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  •  I know people who have (6+ / 0-)

    exposed old wallpaper and framed it.  A lovely reminder of the former occupants.

    I may have to have my bedroom walls reskimmed because the last people did a textured treatment that I hate--it's not period and the result of trying to make it look like a Tuscan villa (!) or something has ended in a room painted what my friend calls "baby shit brown."

    I find that in owning a house there is ALWAYS something to do!

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 11:57:41 AM PST

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    •  If you do the skim coating be sure (2+ / 0-)
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      to apply adhesive (I think it's called Weld-crete) to increase the bond.  Otherwise, because your walls are painted, adhesion might be a problem.

      "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

      by DrLori on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 02:54:57 PM PST

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      •  unfortunately (1+ / 0-)
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        if I have to do the skim coat I'm probably going to have to get a pro in. I can't imagine not messing that up. Pure force I can do, but my artistic/delicate talents are limited.

        "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

        by zaynabou on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 03:09:06 PM PST

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        •  Before you hire someone (0+ / 0-)

          you should give it a try.  A good plasterer is hard to find and really expensive.  There's no shortage of instructional videos on youtube now, and skim plaster is pretty cheap.  It takes a little while to get the hang of it, but if you find an out of the way place to practice, you'll be surprised.

          A messier alternative would be to sand down the texturing to get back to bare wall.  That requires a mask and lots of ventilation, and you also have to be sure the paint the last owner used wasn't lead-based.

          If it doesn't mess up your woodwork profiles, I'd look first into skim-coating.  If you can frost a cake, however clumsily, you can layer plaster on a wall.

          "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

          by DrLori on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 05:08:36 AM PST

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