Replastering our house

Replastering our house

When we bought our house we knew it would need to be replastered. Surely enough, after stripping back the layers of stubbon old wallpaper we were left with a lot of crumbly old lime plaster that simply could not be patched.

Here I will outline the steps we took to obtain a beautifully smooth newly plastered house.

1. Strip any old wallpaper off – this will reveal the extent of any plaster that will need to be removed

Wallpaper Front Bedroom

Wallpaper Front Bedroom

2. Remove any old loose plaster – we removed anything that wobbled when it was touched
3. Once all old plaster has been removed you will be left with bare brick or stone walls. There are different methods you can use to plaster, however we chose the to dot and dab plasterboard, then to skim.

Bare Walls in Living Room

Bare Walls in Living Room

4. Fix plasterboard to bare walls using the ‘dot and dab’ adhesive method

Plasterboard in Living Room

Plasterboard in Living Room

5. Apply blue grit (we used feb bond) to any remaining lime plaster – if blue grit is not used then it is likely that the newly skimmed plaster will crack and fall away from the wall due to a reaction with the lime.
6. Apply PVA solution to any non lime plaster – this will assist the new plaster to bind to the wall
7. The house is then ready to be skimmed with a thin coat of plaster. We carried out steps 1 – 6 ourselves, but used a professional plasterer to do the final finish.

Plastered - Back Bedroom

Plastered – Back Bedroom

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