100+ year old plaster is not always perfect! So to get nice smooth walls we decided to skim coat the walls. When working with plaster we typically use powder joint compound and mix our own since it provides a better bond, is stronger and drys faster than the premixed stuff. Since we were going to use so much for this I decided to use the premixed but mixed a cup of the powder into each pan.
Since Kelly convinced me to not laminate the ceiling with new drywall it will need some work to get it flat. This is the first coat:
This wall is the party wall, so it’s plaster over brick and was relatively flat:
This wall is plaster over lath and was not relatively flat!