Need help plastering walls

I need to plaster the walls in our entrance hallway, but want to avoid having to sand afterwards. I have only plastered with sanding to creat a smooth surface, but I would like the walls to have texture this time- and NO sanding. Is there any way to do this relatively easily?
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Greetings,
Maybe I don't understand the question? I assume by "plaster the walls" you mean install new drywall and that you are not actually plastering in the traditional sense.
Just make it as smooth as you can with the trowel. When you apply the texture it will hide any SMALL imperfections.
Hope this helps, William
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Thank you, that helps. But we live in Europe and have an old apartment (102 yrs.), so they don't have drywall, only stone and concrete. We removed the wallpaper and now have an ugly surface that is multicolored and uneven in places. So we planned to re-plaster so that we can paint. We did this in other rooms, but the sanding to create the smooth surface also created a mess that i am sure I will be cleaning for quite some time, so I am trying to avoid that. After I use the trowel, what would I use to apply the texture, a sponge? Sorry for the lengthy explanation, but my husband is away and I wanted to try my hand at it before he returns and I am very inexperienced in home repair. Thank you for any extra advice!
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

Mix 30 mesh sand in your mix and it will 'skip trowel' a texture. Practice on a scrap of drywall.
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I'm not sure how an old world craftsman would approach the project. Plasterers here use a float to apply the texture. Different float materials create slightly different finishes. Some common ones would be cedar and sponge . Here, I would apply some plastering bond agent - Larson's pink: http://www.larsenproducts.com/plasterweld.htm
Make up enough plaster to do at least one full wall. Here I would use: <http://www.usg.com/navigate.do?resource=/USG_Marketing_Content/usg.com/web_files/products/prod_details/USG_Structo-Lite_Plaster.htm#top
Use a hawk and trowel to apply about an 1/8" coat to the walls. There are hundreds of finish textures that can be performed. A basic sand finish comes from keeping the float flat and tight to the wall and working in a circular motion. The plaster will need constant misting or flipping additional water and continuing with the float to reach the desired finish with enough moisture to avoid surface cracking. You will need to practice on something before taking on a whole wall.
This site has examples of many finishes and a very short description of how to achieve them. http://www.plasterconnect.com/residential/plaster_textures.html
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