From time to time, we get fed up with the decor we have, so we start afresh. In some cases, this means removing wallpaper – if you haven’t lived in the house long enough, you won’t know what condition the walls are in until after the wallpaper has been stripped off. In some situations when you finally find out the state of your walls, it can delay your decorating schedule and break the bank because of the remedial and restoration work that needs to be done first.
Alternatives to plastering
If you were to call a decorator, they would charge you a lot of money and advise on many things that can be avoided such as plastering every room. In most cases, walls are in good condition with a few weak spots that are crumbling. If you want the walls to survive a long time, the best thing to do is plaster them. If not then by wallpapering it, most imperfections will be covered. Just remember to buy thick wallpaper and not the cheap thin type and preferably with a pattern or embossed. You can also buy lining paper that is used to paper onto the wall before painting – this can also disguise poor wall surfaces if done correctly. Just remember that it is extremely hard to disguise lining paper by painting it due to the seams inbetween the joins.
Filling and light remedial work for walls
If you are selling or want a modern approach to your home, then just sanding and filling in the holes will do a good job. The problem with filler is that it dries very quickly so I’d advise you to buy a small tub or tube and work as quickly as you can. I would throw it away afterwards as if it’s kept too long it will become hard and useless. Here are a few tips for remedial work on walls:
- The best way to fill in minor cracks and dents in the wall is to paint it first as this will make the imperfections very clear to notice
- Fill in dents, cracks and small holes with suitable filler
- Sand and then wipe clean
- Paint again
If the cracks, dents and holes are still visible you may need to apply more filler; be careful not to sand too much as this may cause the wall to have an indent where too much pressure has been applied by the sander.
If for example you have knocked off tiles from the kitchen wall and will have units in their place, you might well just get away with some light plastering yourself. If it’s a small area then it might be a good place to practice – remember to have good ventilation for the plaster to dry otherwise it may crack or stay humid.
By taking the above tips into consideration, you may be able to save yourself a few bob by doing it yourself. Remember there are some things that you can do yourself that won’t be noticeable to others and look professional as well instead of having to hire someone else to do it and charge you afterwards.