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Brian
Refreshing Old Closet

I recently moved into an old Victorian home. In addition to various other projects, the majority of the closets are pretty tired looking. I'm looking to refresh them over time. 

The main issue are the interior walls (plaster), which are chipped/cracking. I want to preserve the plaster wherever possible, but am thinking of removing it and putting up drywall since it's just a closet. I think that it's also possible to install the drywall over the old plaster, but I'm not sure if that creates any issues. Does anyone have an opinion on this?

 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Refreshing Old Closet

Brian,

I too own a house that has plaster walls. I have fixed what few cracks we had in the walls. It is easy to do. I would never put sheetrock in an old house. Sheetrock has paper, which is food for mold. Plaster has nothing, and it breathes well to keep air movement, especially in a closet. We love plaster on the walls and ceiling. It keeps the house cool, especially in enclosed areas like a closet.

There is nothing wrong with screwing sheetrock directly over plaster. You just need to find the studs. They are not always in 16" centers. Remember you will have to either add an extension ring, or remove and re-attach the electrical box(es).

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Brian
Re: Refreshing Old Closet

Thanks Andrew, appreciate the insight. I am going to see if I can fix the plaster before resorting to sheetrock. Do you have any recommendations/tutorials that on best practices?

Clarence
Re: Refreshing Old Closet

You may want to look into the use of this product.

Master of Plaster it is a very high end Plaster repair or refinishing product works very well.

Clarence
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 Sample of Master of Plaster

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Refreshing Old Closet

Brain,

Sorry, I do not have tutorials. I grew up watching a plaster guy work. It is not that difficult. It all depends on what you have, and how deep the cracks are currently. If only cracks, it is super simple.

I do like the product that Clarence suggests. I mix my own plaster. The difficult part I have is finding a place to purchase horse hair. I have also uses Boar hair. I cut that off of some paint brushes. Always use the highest quality tools, fresh clean water for mixing.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Clarence
Re: Refreshing Old Closet

Andrew:

You can order Horse Hiar from this company Chichester Inc. , Niagara Falls.

www.chichesterinc.com

There use to be a company by the name of Mike Wye he was in the UK but had branches in the USA , you could call Lauren at Master of Plaster she could help on the hair.

Question what is the receipt for your plaster mix if you don't mind me asking.

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