12:08PM | 10/21/01
Member Since: 10/20/01
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a few months ago, i saw a show where drywall mud was thinned out with water and essentially spread across the entire face of the drywall unevenly, in two applications. this produced what, in effect, gave an old rough plaster look with some depth to it and was very rustic, or old looking.

i'm looking to try this in my basement - problem is i don't recall the specifics, and have no experience. does anyone here have the knowledge to help me out? how much water to add to the mud, application tips, etc?



12:32PM | 10/21/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi Sebastian,
There are probably a number of makers of the product you are looking for.Bondex® makes a product called wall texture which I have used.It is very much like wall compound.You'll need a trowel or texturing tool to go with it.

[This message has been edited by Matches (edited October 21, 2001).]


03:18AM | 10/23/01
Member Since: 10/09/01
48 lifetime posts
Hi Sebastian,

I built a small house in Baja a couple of years ago and wanted an "old plaster" effect on the cement block walls - this seems to be what you want?

As a DIY'er, I simply plastered the whole wall with mud straight from the tub/box and tried to get it smooth! The mud takes a long time to dry so you have lots of time to "play" with it to obtain whatever finish takes your fancy. If you are like me, you will never get the mud smooth so just stop and let it dry when it looks right. This should work on drywall - unless you are a natural plasterer!!

Hope this helps and good luck.


ps. Be aware that drywall compound can be "softened" again by water even after it has dried so make sure that whatever surface you apply it to is dry and also water cannot "get at" the mud from the back - ever!


02:55AM | 10/24/01
Member Since: 10/20/01
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great - thanks guys. i've done some test strips on pieces of drywall with 'messy mudding' and it's giving exactly the look i want. i guess i just prime it after its dried (do i have to let it 'cure' for 30 days or anything, or simply let the drywall mud dry a couple of days?) and paint away


02:07AM | 10/25/01
Member Since: 10/09/01
48 lifetime posts
Hi Sebastian,

Glad it worked out.

By the time you read this - you can paint your new walls. I like to use a good quality mat or low gloss paint after the primer.




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