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Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby superbeetle » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:53 pm

I'm finally starting my upstairs bathroom renovation. We removed two layers of paneling (one 80s and one 40s), and found all the original plaster underneath. I was expecting the plaster to be gone because it was gone around the sink. No such luck!

So. I really don't want to / have the energy to demolish all the plaster. Is there any reason I can't skim coat it? I've gotten quite good at since I bought this house! I just don't want to realize 5 years from now that I should have gutted the room. Or, would 1/4 inch drywall over it be a better option?
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby PowerMuffin » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:18 am

Why do you need to skim coat it; Is the plaster in bad shape? When we took down the paneling in the dining and sitting rooms, we just patched holes and dings, sanded, primed and painted. I did the same thing in the old bath. There I used paint designed for kitchens and baths and it worked very well.
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby shazapple » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:44 am

Is there an echo in here? :lol:
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby mfglickman » Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:08 pm

I agree with Powermuffin - why cover or remove it at all if it's in good shape? For the tub/shower surround and such you'll need cement board or other water-resistant stuff but for the non-wet walls, plaster should be fine?
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby superbeetle » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:59 pm

It's not in good shape. I'll try to get pictures up, but it's definitely not ready to paint with just a bit of patching.
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby Tom and Jada » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:35 am

If it's structurally sound (i.e., not pulling away from the lath in big chunks) or not water damaged, there's no reason to tear it out.
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby plastrr385 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 11:19 pm

From the sounds of it I'd skim coat it with new veneer plaster.
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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby utopia13 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:52 pm

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Re: Do I have to gut my bathroom?

Postby Josiecat » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Try wall liner paper. It will give you a smooth look and keep everything in place.
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