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4 Steps to Plaster a Wall

Working with plaster can be a fun way to incorporate new designs on your wall; it can enhance the features of your bathroom, kitchen, and other areas of the house. According to Wikipedia, plaster is a “building material used for the protective or decorative coating of walls and ceilings and for molding and casting decorative elements.” If you’re ready to start your remodeling project, keep reading to learn how to properly plaster your walls from start to finish!

Step 1 – Prep Walls

Prepping your walls can definitely help with the plastering process. Do you have wallpaper? Then get to peeling! You can remove wallpaper by soaking it with water for at least 10min. After the paper is thoroughly soaked, gently remove from the wall. It’s also a good idea to wash your walls with soap and water, which can clear away any dirt or grime, and make your plaster stick better!

PVA glue is also a plaster essential! This adhesive goes directly onto the surface of your wall, and  acts as a primer tostop the plaster from drying too quickly. It’s important for your plaster to keep its moisture!

Step 2 – Tools

A plastering trowel is the one tool that does it all. You can hand mix plaster, use a wooden hawk, or mix on the floor, but it’s the trowel that gives you flat walls. This tool gives you the results you want. We also recommend putting these tools on your list:

  • Nordstand Heavy Duty Mixer – durable; easy for mixing
  • Fat Hog Paint brush – ideal for edging
  • Faithful 5 Gallon 25L Bucket – designed for your mixer

Step 3 – Mixing

Always put the water in the bucket before the plaster; if you do it the other way round, it can be harder to mix. Get the big bucket that you’re mixing with and fill your two 12 liter buckets with water. Then, fill with the correct plaster measurements and set on a low speed. Mix to your desired consistency. It’s almost like baking a cake, but with plaster!

Step 4 – Plaster Walls

Apply the first layer of plaster to your wall. With your plaster trowel, you can maneuver the plaster in the direction of your choosing. Start from one side of the wall and work your way over until you’ve reached the edge. Wait for it to dry for at least 10 minutes and then repeat the process.

We recommend using a water brush to keep your plaster wet and pliable to move across the surface. So every time you go back for another scoop, you can apply the water right after. This trick makes the plastering process go much quicker, especially if you’re a beginner.

Conclusion

From prepping the walls to scraping on freshly-made plaster, we listed a few steps for plastering your home. Of course, any DIY project can be done with the right tools and skills, but do you want the best results possible? We suggest hiring our team at Chesapeake Kitchen Design for plastering and other professional remodeling services!

If you have any suggestions for plastering, comment down below!

Affordable Kitchen Renovation Ideas that Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

If you’re planning on selling your home, making some renovations would be a great investment. Not only do renovations make your house look more appealing to potential buyers, but they also increase the value of your home. Renovations don’t have to be expensive either – you have many cheap home improvement options to make your house look even better. Before we get into our ideas, we need to discuss the amount of money you are putting into these renovations.

Many people consider the kitchen as their favorite room in the house, so investing in kitchen renovations is definitely worth it. However, you need to analyze the cost of the materials compared to the value of your home. Based on the overall value of your home, you may only be able to do a small cosmetic update rather than a complete overhaul. If the value of your home is higher, you can afford a more major remodeling job. Generally, major renovations cost too much and aren’t that necessary, so smaller home improvement projects are more beneficial and cost-effective.

Cabinets and Drawers

Cabinets and drawers can drastically change the look of your kitchen, but if you can’t afford to replace them, there are cheaper alternatives. New paint can go a long way! Painting and refinishing jobs can make your cabinets and drawers look as good as new. Another option is to re-face your cabinetry to give it an updated look. This is more expensive than painting, but less expensive than completely replacing them. One more thing to consider is convenience; if you have the funds, consider installing extra drawers, a pull-out pantry, or under-cabinet lighting fixtures to appeal to potential buyers.

Appliances

If your appliances are old or damaged, it’s time to upgrade them! Change out old appliances with updated models. (Note that people love stainless steel and energy-efficient models.) If your appliances still work fine but need an update, paint comes in handy once again. Your local body shop can paint your appliances to make them look brand new. This helps you save money from buying new appliances.

Other Ideas

  • Backsplash: Investing in a new tile backsplash is affordable and has a great payoff. They come in many colors and textures, and can really bring the kitchen’s color palette together. While DIY installation is cheaper, hiring a professional to install it for you isn’t that expensive.
  • Vinyl flooring: Flooring can transform the look of your kitchen! While hardwood flooring is expensive, vinyl flooring is affordable, durable, and modern. Vinyl flooring comes in many different tones and textures, so you have lots of options to pick from.
  • Granite countertops: Everyone loves granite countertops! However, you need to keep the price in mind, so you don’t need to purchase the most expensive slab at the shop. In addition, you may not even need a granite countertop. Granite countertops may not be an affordable option if the value of your house is below $500,000.
  • Sink and faucet: Installing a mid-priced sink and faucet can improve the look of your kitchen. Consider installing a window above the sink to add even more value and appeal to your kitchen.

Conclusion

Renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many affordable things you can do to boost the value of your home upon resale. Whether you want to do some small updates or to completely revamp the look of your kitchen, come to Chesapeake Kitchen Design! We can complete any type of kitchen renovation and create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.