Sunday, June 12, 2011

Stripping Paint. Again.

I spent the better part of today stripping paint off of the plaster wall in my kitchen.  To catch you up to speed, the layers are as follows: white plaster, brownish (original primer?), sage green, golden yellow, bright yellow, peach.  The progress thus far took two passes with the stripper paste.  You can see the white plaster peeking through the last few photos.


NV said...

I'm feeling right at home as the latter photos remind me of the current state of my bathroom walls!

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that only the lower part of the walls was the scored plaster that needed to be stripped because the detail was lost due to numerous layers of paint.

Is there something special going on with the upper areas as well? Or did I totally miss something?

Orlando, FL

StuccoHouse said...

NV - I'm glad I'm not alone!

Cheryl - You are right. That was the original plan :) Strip the paint off the scored plaster below the chair rail. But, the more I looked at the paint on the upper wall, the more I realized that there were ridges from the different layers of paint. It started to bug me that these layers might show through the wallpaper. The wallpaper was expensive (and not readily available) and I've decided to hire a pro to put it up. So, I figured stripping off the upper wall - at least this section....will help assure that the wallpaper will look good & be secure. See how I can create a huge project out of something that seems like it might be straight forward?!

Anonymous said...

Don't you just hate project creep! But if the many paint jobs left an uneven surface it totally makes sense.

My house is only about 25 years old and is all drywall with that sprayed on orange peel texture - so my wallpaper job isn't what I would have liked. Now I know that I should have put a smooth layer of drywall mud over the entire surface to prepare - but I was young and in a hurry and excited to be in a new house and didn't know any better. Live & learn!

The wallpaper will look gorgeous when done - heck the whole room will be fabulous!

Orlando, FL

Anonymous said...

You're the first person I've heard of chemically stripping paint off plaster! How is it working? What are you scraping with? I have a combination of wallpaper paste-paint-wallpaper paste-paint to get off (Not immediately visible, either, I first noticed it when new paint started bubbling off the wall ...) Was planning on using some combination of vinegar/steam/sanding but maybe ... or maybe not because of the paste ...

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