05:47AM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 02/02/03
7 lifetime posts
I've just drywalled a previously un-finished basement to make a pool room out of it. Because I'm doing all work myself, I'm really dreading the joint/mud work on the walls.

I've seen and heard of people using joint compound and a putty knife to give interior walls a type of stucco effect. But I think it's generally been done in remodeling pre-finished painted walls. Basically, from what I've been told, you take a glob of mud, splack it on the wall and make it as smooth or messy as you want depending on the lok you're going for. Other people use a roller or mop in place of the knife. Does anybody have epxerience with this to know how quick and easy it is.

Because I'm dreading the joint work, and because I would like to do this stucco look if I can find specifics on the process, I'm curious as to if I'm going to do this look, do I still need to finish my joints ahead of time or will this eliminate the need for taping and mudding?



02:42PM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Sorry but yes you will have to still tape and mud your joints. You will need to thin the mud to do this and a good way is to add a gallon of flat latex paint per 5 gallon bucket of mud as this will make it stick better and it will dry harder. You can roll the mud on with a texture roller, one brand is called a goop loop. You can also roll the mud on the wall and make patterns with a putty knife. I would experiment to get the look you want and just have fun. But remember if it is to rough you will have a hard time painting it.


03:27AM | 02/12/03
Member Since: 02/10/03
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Here's something I did. After taping the joints, I went over a small area at a time with compound(using a trowel). Then I took my trowel and laid it flat against the compound and pulled it off, that left little peaks on the surface. Then I took my trowel and very lightly knocked those peaks off, so it looked like stucco. Another trick I did was to mix the paint right in with the compound. That way you don't have to paint down in all those cracks and crevices, and if your wall ever gets bumped you don't have a chip of white showing, the color runs all the way through.
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