wall help

Old 04-16-10, 08:11 AM
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wall help

Hi everyone...

In our Kitchen, there was a wall covered in lovely green plastic tile..which, upon moving in, I decided had to go.

The house is around 135 years old, the last kitchen remodel appears to have been in the 60's (think pink mica countertop with metal trim, and you're with me)

Having removed the tiles from the wall left the wall uneven and bumpy - some of the tiles pulled pieces of the wall itself with them, etc.

I'm no good with drywall mud! Are there options that will work to smooth the wall out enough to put tin ceiling tile up?:

Thank you for your help!

Old 04-16-10, 09:36 AM
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You want first make sure you have all the mastic/thinset is removed. Working with joint compound isn't all that difficult. Thinning it slightly with water and mixing it well will make if flow easier. While a thin skim coat would give the best results, all you really have to do is fill in all the gouges, voids and scratches. Any excess mud is easily sanded off when dry.
Old 04-16-10, 09:45 AM
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For that small of an area, even you can do a good job, especially with our help.

Remove any bumps, even if you create an indent. Mud can fill dents, but the pumps create bigger bumps. Use a 6" spackle knife and run it over the surface to find those bumps. If this is drywall and the paper is tearing, cut it with a razor to prevent removing longer strips. Then apply a thin coat of mud, trying to remove everything you put up there. That will leave mud in the dents, but not on the surface. Depending upon what you but for mud, it may need a teaspoon of water mixed in to make it flow better.

Let that dry, run the knife over it again to remove the bumps. Sand only if necessary. Add another coat. Repeat until happy and sand and paint.

If you have any holes that need to be filled, we will go over them as needed.

Since you will be covering this completely, even my wife could do an adequate job . No reflection on you.


Sorry if I repeated, lunch was boiling over .

Last edited by Bud9051; 04-16-10 at 09:46 AM. Reason: extra post

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