Repairing Old Plaster walls- HELP!
I have an old Victorian farmhouse (circa 1870-1880). My husband and I were preparing to re-paint the living room by scraping the walls of flaking paint. In doing so, we discovered that there is wallpaper underneath (but only 1 layer). Believing the best thing to do was to also remove the wallpaper, we began to do so...and discovered horsehair plaster walls. We knew there were plaster walls...but weren't prepared for the condition they are in. They are very pitted and dry. How do we now go about prepping the walls for painting? Do we have to skim coat? Or is there another alternative? I was preparing to paint using the ragging off technique, so wanted the walls to be fairly smooth (tho' not necessarily perfect). HELP! I was hoping to get this job done in a matter of a couple of long weekends...I'm afraid I'm now looking at several months.