I'm gutting the bathroom in my 50+ year old house and will replace the
bathtub, window, floor, and the walls. The house has plaster walls
rather than sheetrock.
I'm thinking of using backerboard (rough side out) for the whole thing
instead of backerboard in the tub surround and greenboard everywhere
else. Then put a smooth skim coat on the wall surfaces that are not
being tiled. It will match the rest of the house that way (not match in
actual construction, but the appearance will match) Good idea, or
stupid? I've also heard that a stucco finish looks good if I can't get
the skim coat smooth enuf.
The ceiling is in good shape. How to I prevent cracking where the new
walls meet the existing ceiling since I can't tape them? Or do I need
to scrape the texture off the ceiling for 2 inches around the edges,
tape the joints with fiberglass, retexture, repaint the ceiling? Or do
I just putty or caulk the joint and then paint it?