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Mesh reinforcement for plaster re-surface, product recommendations?

I'm getting ready to cover the original scored plaster on our bathroom wainscot with a smooth troweled texture; wondering if anyone can recommend what sort of /mesh tape/fiberglass screening I could…Continue

Started Feb 26, 2013

Removing paint from plaster bathroom walls 1940 Tudor
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Hi everyone! I wonder if anyone has any suggestions or ideas or methods to remove multi layers from scored plaster walls?  Our bathroom has been painted so many times (poorly, of course) that you can…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jill Perkins Dec 17, 2012.

Front door weatherstripping for arch top door
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Wow I didn't know…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jill Perkins Aug 17, 2012.

How to protect adjoining wood trim surfaces from stripper?
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OK, before I make any more work for myself: what is the best way to protect adjoining wood trim surfaces from stripper?  I've been using Soy stripper to remove layers of paint from baseboard…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by lyn joy Jul 15, 2012.

 

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Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Joanna, I've found it really goes far if you do a fairly thin skim coat.  Two gallons 'should' do it if you go easy.  That's the beauty of it I think; that you can apply paper thin coats...you don't have to…"
Monday
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"OMG    Richard that is fantastic work!  You obviously have many more skills than I have. The tapestry is awesome; how did you get the idea to do it that way? The wall treatment is beautiful too.  What is the acrylic coating you…"
Mar 1
Jill Perkins replied to Clare Martin's discussion What have you learned from your old house?
"Bryan I agree with you 100%....one's partner being on board is probably THE most important aspect!  My darling husband takes no joy or pleasure in the process; he just wants projects to be finished and everything clean and tidy and in…"
Oct 30, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Richard,I'm so glad your project is working out.  If you really think it needs to be sealed, you could apply an acrylic matte glaze/varnish over it; I was in the art supply store last week and there are some good brands to choose from.…"
Sep 9, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Richard, The wait time totally depends on the humidity in the room on that day!  If you applied it with the sponge roller as per the directions, you can experiment in an unobtrusive area to see if it knocks down to a pleasing texture.…"
Aug 14, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Clare Martin's discussion What have you learned from your old house?
"Liz you said a mouthful!  Our old house is frustrating and terrifying us too, but at least we now seem to have a truce with the ghosts.  Sometimes it seems like one step forward and two steps back.  I have such a hard time giving…"
Mar 21, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Richard, I thought we'd see pix of your finished rooms by now, what's the hold up?  lol only kidding! The finished base coat (with the SW Faux Impressions) is smooth and buttery. Not rough or gritty.  There is a certain grainy…"
Mar 8, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to William Matt Lowe's discussion Hex tiles for walls?
"My husband comes from St Louis and he also remembers it on walls of shoeshine stands, public restrooms, and claims he rented an apt. that had it up the wainscot.  I tend to think it would look a little busy but if there is historical precedent…"
Feb 26, 2013
Jill Perkins posted a discussion

Mesh reinforcement for plaster re-surface, product recommendations?

I'm getting ready to cover the original scored plaster on our bathroom wainscot with a smooth troweled texture; wondering if anyone can recommend what sort of /mesh tape/fiberglass screening I could use to anchor it? I would need large pieces to cover all the plaster surface before I texture.Previous owners tried to do this in another bath using only joint compound over the old painted plaster and it had cracked terribly over the scored places underneath.  Very ugly and was difficult to repair.…See More
Feb 26, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Nick Wylie's discussion ROI in todays economic reality
" I know how you feel, Nick; we are retired too and renovation $$ is scarce.  I try to do everything I can myself.  I hate hiring out and calling the plumber yet AGAIN so we will have to get by with the tiny,totally awkward but…"
Feb 26, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Cathy's discussion Need window treatment ideas
"I agree what's on there now seems to be doing the job.  I might search for some interesting vintage lace to replace these on the simple cafe rods.  I also love the idea of a high rod either wood w/wood rings or metal w/metal rings and…"
Feb 25, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"I've repaired small cracks in plaster by widening them out slightly, vacuuming particles out of the crack, then using fiberglass tape method and drywall patch to fill and cover.  This is time-consuming and takes drying time and careful…"
Jan 3, 2013
Jill Perkins replied to Jill Perkins's discussion Removing paint from plaster bathroom walls 1940 Tudor
"Good point.  I figured that might be a hazard.  A putty knife is a dangerous tool in my hands.  "Don't try this at home!"  lol"
Dec 17, 2012
Lynne Allison replied to Jill Perkins's discussion Removing paint from plaster bathroom walls 1940 Tudor
"I used a heat gun to remove paint from the plaster walls in my stairwell  While it worked just fine it was impossible to do without gouging the plaster fairly often regardless of how careful I was (and I was very careful). This resulted in me…"
Dec 17, 2012
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Actually you are supposed to roll it on with the sea sponge roller. wait a bit then knock it down with a trowel. It's very thick and awkward (for me anyways) to pick up with a roller so I usually just apply it with a wide spatula and fool with…"
Dec 15, 2012
Jill Perkins replied to Richard Pryor's discussion Paint and joint compound for pseudo-plater?
"Hi Richard, I actually have done this various ways myself.  Yes, you can mix the paint into the durabond but you have to use a drill mixer to do it.  I think the hassle and mess is not worth saving a few $$.  My favorite product is…"
Dec 15, 2012

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Tell us about yourself:
Recently bought a stone 1940 Cotswold Cottage/Tudor in Asheville NC and have started minor restoration work. We are mostly retired but I am a professional dressmaker and costume designer. My husband and I love old homes but wonder if we might be getting a little too old for a fixer!
Tell us about your old-house experiences and dreams:
Previous old house was a 1913 bungalow in Colorado Springs. Longtime subscriber to Old House Interiors and had my bungalow dining room pain project featured in "Inspired by" contest in 2006. We really need some advice on restoring our stone house.

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