So Far: Skim-coat Process and Hallway
Let me tell you about our hallway this morning.
As I mentioned in the last post about the office, every single wall in our home has this VERY TERRIBLE DRAMATIC AND INCONSISTENT texture. We love our now-flat walls in the bedrooms, and I look forward to the day when the whole house is just as smooth. Unfortunately for us, that day is separated from today by countless messy hours of labor.
A quick breakdown of the skim-coating process as we have tackled it:
Clean gross walls.
Use a microfiber paint roller to apply thick mud to a section of the wall.
Use a “magic squeegee” to lightly skim the wall and wipe the excess off the squeegee. The mud still on the wall is filling in all the crags and low points to (hopefully, eventually) bring the wall to a smooth, flat texture.
Let dry (usually 24 hours) and then have at it again until the walls are (for the most part) flat and smooth.
For the bedrooms, we were happy at 4 total rounds of skim-coating. We sanded the walls after the third and fourth rounds of mud. Currently, three of the four walls in our hallway are sitting at three coats and a sand, with at least one more round on the horizon.
Let me show you what a world of difference this makes. I’ve been struggling to show just how intense the texture is and how dramatic the transformation, but I am about to elementary-school-teacher this thing. Remember when the teacher made you trace over a penny or coin with a crayon and Abraham Lincoln’s face would show up? I’m not going to dignify this wall texture by calling it the Abraham Lincoln of walls—let’s call it a Hoover-walle. Just remember that the darker the crayon mark, the higher the bump underneath it.
Do you see what we’re working with here? Admittedly, I used the worst wall in the house for the untouched photo BUT DO YOU SEE?! I have a sinking feeling that the dining room and kitchen will require more than 4 coats. The finished rooms are not perfect. Our windows are not great and allow a lot of moisture into the house. This caused some bubbles to push through the mud, eventually popping and making tiny pinprick holes (you can see a few in the photos of the finished wall). After so many hours, the discovery of the holes was devastating— but the reality is, we aren’t going for perfect, we’re doing it all by ourselves, and WE HAVE NEVER DONE ANY OF THIS BEFORE. Does it feel like I’m yelling at you? I’m not. I’m yelling at myself. Literally as I write this, I have spotted a paint drip for the first time ever in the room I work in for 6-7 hours a day. So…imperfection it is. And to think…we almost retextured the ceilings. L. O. L. Fresh coat of paint and.. ya done, ceilings.
Are you bored yet? Overwhelmed? Suddenly evaluating the texture in your house? Don’t. Go on without us.
In all reality, it’s pretty fun and pretty messy and totally worth it. Which brings me to our hallway. I think I’ve shout-written at you for a while, so look at these pictures instead. I’ll be back with the bedroom shortly.