07:35AM | 05/10/14
Im living in a 90-year-old home and want to really fix it up, starting with my kitchen. Last night i noticed the old wallpaper was bubbling and pulled it off to reveal this gritty, cement-looking stuff. What is it and how can i fix it? If i can, is there a good how-to video on it? Thanks!

David, Moderator

07:56PM | 05/18/14
Member Since: 11/15/13
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Hard to tell exactly but it looks like the finish coat of plaster has separated from the base coat.
You can peel the loose areas and patch using drywall compound.
I would use the dry compound and mix to a pudding like consistency.
Take great care removing loose areas. A small area could turn into a huge area real quick.
Another solution is to remove all plaster down to studs and finish with drywall.
Good luck and thanks
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