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How do I Get Rid of this pseudo stucco and fake brick?

How do I Get Rid of this pseudo stucco and fake brick?


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Old 06-29-12, 12:07 PM
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How do I Get Rid of this pseudo stucco and fake brick?

This stucco type finish is on three walls and the ceiling of the living room. I think it was put on in the 70s with a special roller. It has been painted over. I just want "regular" walls and ceilings. Please see photos for reference. The photos show the nature of the current walls; the space where the wall hits the ceiling; the area where i started to remove the bumps; and the brick wall.

I moved a cabinet out of the way and used an electric sander to try and sand the finish away. Completing that one small area was a pain in the but. I can't imagine doing the ceiling.

Can I buy 1/4 inch drywall and just over over the existing wall. Is there are special procedure required for this. Or does all of the current drywall have to come down.

What about the brick wall, can I drywall over the brick wall? I have a low to medium level of do it yourself skill. Does this go beyond my skill level?

It is about a 10 by 12 room. If I had someone else drywall all 4 walls and the ceiling, about how much would that cost?

Thank you for your advice.
 
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Old 06-29-12, 01:06 PM
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I would think you could scrape the 'stucco' and then you would probably need to skim coat the wall with joint compound.

The brick is just a veneer?
 
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Old 06-29-12, 01:23 PM
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yes, the bricks are just veneers. they are about 1/4 inch thick
 
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I agree with Mitch, I'd scrape the texture and then skim coat with j/c. I assume removing the brick and then repairing the drywall behind it would be the best way to go. If you drywalled over it you'd have to be able to screw thru the brick to secure the drywall to the studs.
 
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What kind of tool would you use to "scrape" off the stucco? Could the same tool be used on the ceiling? Thanks.
 
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Old 06-29-12, 01:50 PM
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Scraping it off using a tapeing knife is how you do it in most cases. It might help to wet the wall down with a pump sprayer, but since it is painted it may have no effect. You will have to find the best method.

You also might want to look at renting a drywall sander/vac and some 60 - 80 grit disks. You will still need to skim it for it to look good.

I don't recommend skinning it over with more drywall. All your door jambs and trim will be short, as will your electrical boxes.

You might want to get some bids if this is a big job. It could be faster, with better results.
 
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Yeah, taking down the brick is not going to be fun but it's the best long term solution.
 
 

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