03:54AM | 08/12/00
Member Since: 08/11/00
1 lifetime posts
I'd like some opinions/expertise on how to change knotty pine into a flat paintable wall. I have it all over my house. It is stained. I know it will be a huge project and
I may be better off switching to drywall, but I'm interested in hearing from you. Has anyone done this using a fabric undercover? Caulking?


05:17AM | 08/13/00
I just finished covering my pine plank walls. I could not find complete instructoins on how to do it, but I'll tell you the technigue I pieced together for myself. I am pleased with the results I got.
I used cotton muslin, which comes in really wide widths so a wall can be covered with a single piece of fabric. I found wide width muslin at a number of different fabric stores. I used an electric staple gun (my wood was soft enough, but you might need an air powered gun), and stapled across the top first, then alternated from the center of the bottom to the center of the sides, pulling/stretching the fabric to make it smooth and stapling towards the corners. I then put trim moldings over the staples.
I was told that the muslin would be a paintable surface, but it looked to me like the paint would seap through, so I put a paintable paper over the muslin. I used regular old wheat paste, and lots of it. I found it was important not to press to hard or over and over - because this cause the paste to be pushed through to the back of the muslin.
And then I painted with an oil based interior paint. I tried a water based paint at first, but this seemed to loosen the wallpaper. I completed the project last week, so I can't give you info about how it holds up over time. But that's my story so far.


10:00AM | 08/24/00
To reply to this properly, i would have to see the walls. I would agree with the above posting as far as priming a covering applied with a waterbased paste, you have to use a oil based primer because a water base one will loosen the paste.

From what you posted, you could calk the joints, have a bucket of water and a rag to clean up with. Before calking sand all the wood lightly(for adhesion)Prime the wood with a quality primer, tell your paint store what you are doing. Cut the tube of calk at a slight angle, about 1/8 inch bead, calk one joint at a time(the faster you get, the more joints you can apply the calk before wiping) and use a wet finger to smooth, remove excess calking with the rag. your fingers will get sore, you can use the rag wrapped around your finger, but will not get the best results. After the calk dries, paint.



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Deep blue grays like the shade shown in this example "have a nautical, serene feeling," says Amy Hendel, designer for Hend... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon