There have been very few things that Ryan has been adamant about when building this house – plaster was one of those things. While it’s common for new homes to go with drywall, we decided to install plaster board (also known as blue board) and finish the walls with plaster.
The biggest reason Ryan chose plaster is the durability of the finish. It’s a very strong finish on a wall.
So, instead of mudding/taping/sanding seams and corners (as with drywall finishing), Ryan began working on applying plaster with a trowel on the walls and ceilings. By doing this, he had to touch every inch of walls. But he also avoided multiple coats and sanding. (We chose a plaster called Uni-Kal, which is designed to be completed in one coat. There are a lot of options when it comes to plaster, but having a single coat product was important for us.)
The process is a lot like concrete – Ryan mixes the plaster and applies it to the wall in sections with a trowel. When it is applied, the consistency is like soft serve ice cream. It begins to harden to the consistency of cheese before drying rock hard. During the time between cheese and rock, he has to do the final working to smooth the walls with a felt brush and trowel.
It’s not a quick process. (But drywall isn’t fast either.) And don’t even get me started about the heights.
But little by little, the rooms started to take shape. Ryan has been working his arms off and his plaster work has gotten better and better. It’s a nice smooth finish.
The good news? He’s almost done with plaster. And it looks great!
My little dude has also got to try out plastering. He’s pretty proud of his skills.
And he’s a large fan of the scaffolding and painters tape.
So, progress continues.
Next up? Priming and painting all the walls and then moving on to flooring, trim and doors.