When you stop and think about it, a wall (or a ceiling) is a canvas. It’s a large flat surface that we hang wallpaper on, or paint. Just because we are painting our entire canvas in one color doesn’t mean we aren’t creating a painting, just the same. So if our canvas has lumps and craters and missing pieces, why not use real canvas, or in this case muslin, to cover it up, and in the process create a nice flat smooth surface for our artistry? It sounds so simple it’s almost embarrassing. Well, that’s just another of the plaster repairs that have been developed over the years. We’ve gotten all technological and space-agey with our building materials. So much so that sometimes we forget that the simplest methods are often the best. And those methods can perhaps be tweaked to be even better than they were originally.
We’ve been talking about plaster walls and ceilings. We’ve gone from a history of plaster walls in Part One, to a history of drywall in Part Two, to the traditional methods of plaster repair in Part Three. Today, we’ll finish up plaster repair and talk about drywall repair and the use of drywall in conjunction with traditional plaster. For many of us, the two different substances have worked together in many of our older homes, a compromise we’ve made, primarily because of budget, but also because of ease of work, time, and availabilities of materials. (more…)