We moved into a 1930’s bungalow last year that has plaster and lath throughout the house. We are looking to update our kitchen. Previous owners installed weird vinyl sheets of tile looking material on the bottom half of the wall and then added a textured spray paint over top of this. It looks absolutely hideous! We have removed a small portion of this in an unobtrusive spot to see what we’re dealing with. It appears that the vinyl was glued directly to the plaster. When we took it off, the plaster completely crumbled exposing the lath. We are looking for some advice as to what to do with this. Currently we are considering removing all the weird tile stuff, which will most likely cause most of the plaster to come down. Two of the walls are exterior walls so we would like to put some insulation up as well. The cost of totally re-plastering the whole room is probably greater than what we have planned and budgeted for. Our current game plan is to 1) remove the vinyl stuff and the plaster down to the lath, sadly this will be floor to ceiling because I can’t figure out a good way to do only the bottom half of the wall where the vinyl is attached 2) Install 1x3 furring strips and insert 1” pink foamboard insulation on the two exterior walls. The alternative is to remove the lath here as well and frame a new wall with 2x2’s or 2x3’s and insulate. 3) Hang drywall over the lath or insulation (1/4” over the insulation and something thinker over the lath) 4) Install beadboard wainscoting with a ply cap on the bottom half of the walls.
What we are concerned about is how to deal with the existing moulding around the doors and windows. It’s really nice and we fear it would get damaged if we had to remove and reinstall it.
We have also had a suggestion to remove the lath on the interior walls and just affix the drywall to the studs.
Any suggestions as to what to do with our mess? This is our first major DIY project and we’re just a little on the nervous side! Thanks Hayley