Having had my flat for 4 years I am finally getting round to some
decoration/DIY. Some of the (interior) walls are very pock-marked, and even
bulge in places. I assume this is the result of very poorly applied plaster
at some point (this is a 1900 tenement). I was thinking that textured paint
of some description would be the easiest/cheapest way to address this. I
don't think there's anything to be done with the bulges though. I am on a
horrendously tight budget... Any other suggestions?
Cheers ... Mark
Thanks. Some of the pock-marks are palm-sized (and there are a /lot/ of
them). It seems as if chips/chunks have come loose in the past and just been
plastered or painted over leaving "highs" (ridges, etc) as well as "lows". I
don't think there's anyway to hide the larger blemishes, but wondered if a
textured paint would at least draw attention away from the flaws...
Cheers ... Mark
Try hanging some pictures and mirrors. They'll cover and distract.
Sand high spots and fill low ones. It might take a few goes at filling the
larger lows. Use a wide scraper to ensure anything you fill you leave
how deep is the average pock mark?
I'm thinking a bag of plaster is yours for a fiver, a fiver more
should get you a float, bucket, some pva (to apply diluted to the
marks before you plaster them).
Seriously this is an excellent opportunity to "have a go" at patch
If you're on a tight budget, I would go with matt emulsion. If you
want to spend a little more time and effort, take an afternoon with
some fine filler and some sandpaper to fill the pock marks and lessen
some of the ridges prior to painting. You might be surprised at what
a decent coat of pale emulsion covers up.
The risk with textured paint is that instead of having a crappy wall,
you have a crappy wall covered in textured paint. Think back to when
godawful woodchip wallpaper was the fad for covering dodgy
plasterwork. A few years later, everyone sees woodchip and thinks,
"Oh, dodgy plasterwork".
You can always add a picture or a vase of flowers afterwards.
Someone earlier mentioned that Polyfilla do a product for this purpose. I
have used it and it is brilliant. It is called Smoothover and comes ready
mixed in a rectangular tub. It is worth spending a bit more and getting
the proper tool for applying it. Obviously it won't disguise the raised
areas but that's what sandpaper's for.
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