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attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
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Hi everyone.  Does anyone have advice on how to attach narrow picture molding to old and hard-as-rock plaster walls?  I don't own a nail gun so am hoping to do it w/ old school tools.  I want to add…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jill Perkins Jun 12.

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.

 

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Jill Perkins replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"Hi Leyhrer! I love that name.  Love The Netherlands too, have fond memories of visiting there.  I remember that all the homes had beautiful lace curtains, all swagged back and open to the sidewalks so you could look in as you walked by. (…"
Jun 12
Lair Tienter replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"I'm not sure what they call them, It might be headless screws.  They have very small heads with a square hole in the top for a driver to go into.  And my name is Dutch. While I like it I have spent a life time of people trying to…"
Jun 11
Jill Perkins replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"Hi Lair, I haven't heard of finish screws.  Our aim isn't so great either!  But most of all we are just really clumsy with tools.  You know the saying. "the right tool for the right job"?  well we never have…"
Jun 10
Lair Tienter replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"I think I used 10d finish nails.  They are about 2 1/2 inches long or a little shorter.  I use a bit almost the same size as the shaft of the nail but smaller than the head.  The last rail I put up I used finish screws.  That…"
Jun 10
Jill Perkins replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"Thanks Lair. That is awesome!  Warms my heart when someone's method is more pains taking than mine!  What size nails (finishing nails?) and drill bit should we use?  Every time we have tried to drill into these walls we just…"
Jun 9
Lair Tienter replied to Jill Perkins's discussion attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls
"I know it takes a little more work but predrilling is the best route.  That way you get the nails straight and have less of a chance of bending the nails and damaging the wood with the hammer. I like to take masking tape and put it on…"
Jun 9
Jill Perkins posted a discussion

attaching picture molding to very hard plaster walls

Hi everyone.  Does anyone have advice on how to attach narrow picture molding to old and hard-as-rock plaster walls?  I don't own a nail gun so am hoping to do it w/ old school tools.  I want to add molding to rooms that don't have it and hopefully be able to suspend a few pictures.  (Trying to avoid putting any holes in my beautifully painted/wallpapered walls!)  Thanks in advanceSee More
Jun 8
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…"
Apr 14
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 Alexander'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 Alexander'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

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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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