Texture/cottage cheese walls

Old 02-22-04, 08:34 PM
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Texture/cottage cheese walls

I've just purchased a house that has 'cottage cheese' and 'textured' walls and ceilings in several rooms. I need to modernize them as I hate this look. What is the cheapest and most time efficient way to get nice smooth walls? I realize this is alot of work. Help!!

Old 02-23-04, 06:34 AM
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My suggestion would be to sand them down and smooth over the whole area with joint compound.

I'm going to move this to the patching & plastering guys to help further.
Old 02-23-04, 06:49 AM
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What kind of texture??
Old 02-23-04, 07:09 AM
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Texture/Cottage cheese walls

There are various textures. Some are rather large, with bumps and grooves. Some are on the ceiling and are more cottage cheese like. The living room has some type of plaster over top that fake vaneer wood panel that was veyr popular in the 70s. The previous owner only plaster (or spackled...not sure what the diff is) up 95% of the way. They inserted some molding atop the plaster wall and left the rest (1 foot to the ceiling) plain wood paneling. Additionally, one wall of the living room has no plaster at all. Just that fake wood paneling. I'd like the walls to all look the same.

This is just an idea - but can I cover up one of the walls with exposed brick. That seems to be a popular look in my town.

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There are veneer products on the market that can give you a faux brick look. Do a google search & I'm sure you'll come up with some options.

Might be able to laminate them with glue over the existing walls, but from the sounds of what you've got, ripping out the junk might be a senisible option in the long run. You can update wiring & plumbing as needed & add insulation while you're at it. Other option might be to cover everything with a fresh layer of drywall & finish to your taste.

Either way it sounds like a mess as it is right now, anything would be an improvement.

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