smooth plaster walls
Well, we were left with a bunch of messy, unsmooth walls, and since we’d like to paint said walls, we needed to do something to smooth them out. Enter our handy, dandy bag of 90 (as well as the other supplies shown in the picture).
We’ve used it a few times to patch holes in plaster (like when we installed a new light and had to repair our kitchen ceiling) and we always get a giggle out of using the bag of 90. I’m not even sure that’s really what it’s called, to be honest. It’s just that I tend to be one of those people that other random people like to talk to. It was kind of a curse while waiting at the bus stop in the big city. I can’t even tell you how many people carrying suspicious little brown paper bags would stop me to talk to me. People in airports love me. I used to* make a new friend every time I flew somewhere.
Anyways, one day, while in a Lowe’s in Kentucky (where we were living at the time), I was looking at paint samples and somehow ended up talking with a short, chubby older man with a slight drawl and a limp. To be honest, he might have also been really drunk. He was all muttering and whatnot. Somehow we were talking about what I was doing – painting plaster walls – and he was telling me how to go about patching any cracks, and by that I mean, he kept muttering, “you need a bag of 90. bag of 90!” So I followed this man around Lowe’s in search of the bag of 90. bag of 90! And now every time I use the bag of 90, I think of that crazy man. How nice he was to tell us what we needed to do in our early home renovating days. And also? How creepy the whole experience was.
Back to the bathroom. Jason sanded the walls, and installed our new, noisy ceiling fan (noisy because the bathroom is near the kitchen and the fan needs to block out any other bathroom noises). He also replaced the electrical outlet and installed a new junction box for the new bathroom light that we’ve purchased.
I washed the walls with TSP to prepare them to be plastered and painted.
Then, I got out my handy bag of 90 and went to work. The trickiest part is getting the consistency right. I like my plaster to be just a little gooeyer than toothpaste. Here’s where I also note that it’s a great idea to work in thin layers – don’t goop this stuff on!
I did two thin layers in our bathroom, making sure to give each layer enough time to dry.
Then, I used my home-made sanding block (sand paper wrapped around a wood block) and sanded down any bumps with a 120 grit paper. Next, it was time to prime all of the walls. I did two layers of primer and then used 3 layers of ceiling paint (on the ceiling portions only). Which brings us to where we are today:
We’ve got smooth, primed walls that are begging for some beadboard and paint… which happens to be on the agenda for this weekend!
*I never make new friends when I’m with Jason. He claims it’s because he’s got a perpetual “don’t talk to me look” on his face.