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NEED DIY Budget ideas to "reface" rough/messy walls !

NEED DIY Budget ideas to "reface" rough/messy walls !

Old 01-07-12, 03:15 AM
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NEED DIY Budget ideas to "reface" rough/messy walls !

Hi Everyone !

Happy New year ! =) As my screen name says, I have all boys, 4 of them ! so this house is rough & crazy!
Littlest one is an infant, oldest is 9. (and the 2 in between think they are teenagers, lol).
So we are aging out of baby toys for the most part, but the little guy needs his space too...

Im revamping/refacing their playroom. Right now the walls are painted very bright & colorful colors & we are SO done with seeing these colors. Looking for color ideas, and more importantly, simple DIY ideas to "fix" the walls without spending tons of money.
I will post pics to give you an idea. The former homeowners left the walls this way, they were spackled & never touched up, so there's spackled spaces, rough spaces, smooth spaces, and this variation of textures shows through VERY easily with the current paint. I'd like to do something like possibly a faux finish - will this camouflage the texture a bit ? My husband suggested buying the paint with texture (sand?) in it ? But im not crazy about that idea, I dont want it to be rough/scratchy...

Any suggestions?

Thanks so much !!!
Old 01-07-12, 05:02 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

pics would help - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

What kind of texture is currently on the walls? you should be able to texture each individual repair to make them disappear [or at least minimize the texture difference] There are several different types of texture paints and not all of them give a sand finish. Depending on the texture difference and how well the bad spots in the wall were repaired - will determine if the texture paint will make the differences disappear.
Old 01-08-12, 08:38 PM
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Sounds like you've got a lot of scraping in your future. Or, bite the bullet and rent a texture gun and hopper, and shoot everything with drywall mud, followed by coats of primer and topcoat of your choice.
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Could scrape it all smooth or skim coat it smooth with joint compound. Bridgeman's solution works if you want a texture on the walls when you're done.
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Try a faux finish - feather dusting

I also do not like any textured wall treatments. I have 3 kids, 2-boys & a girl, all teenagers.

If the wall repairs in the past have been poorly done, you will definitely need to re-work them with sanding & wall compound like Mitch says above.

But if you want to hide smaller imperfections, hand marks, and some rough play / wear, try feather dusting faux finish. Its easy, cheap, & gives a really good look. It is a technique done in threatre for years. I currently have 3 rooms in my house done this way including the basement (which is the kids primary domain). First buy a couple cheap feather dusters at the $1 store. You pick two paint colors, we have found that the base coat of a lighter color works best, then the highlight color (feathered color) a shade or two darker but within the same color family / color card (buy a small can as you will only use less than a 1/4 pint of this color). First fix the really bad / rough areas, then paint the entire room the lighter color, let dry. Then stir the darker highlight color, using that stir stick, drizzle paint on a cookie sheet, now grab the feather duster like a pen or pencil fairly tightly on the feathers. Now dab the duster onto the cookie sheet, then dab (the word is actually stipple) on the wall. The more you dab, the more that transfers over & the more highlight color you get. You can do a whole room in a couple hours. After a while the duster's feathers might get too loaded up with paint, just grab tight & cut off an inch or so with a pair of scissors. After a wall or section, have someone stand back & point out areas that don't have enough or are inconsistent with other areas. FYI, you can also use your highlight color on a small wall or two to add extra color or bring it all together. However we have found that if you feather one wall one way, then try to do the reverse of it using those colors on another wall it looks terrible. Look it up on the internet for more directions & ideas. DOn't worry about messing up, its paint & you can always simply paint over it again. Good Luck

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