Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / March 19, 2018
Skim Coating: The Answer to Perfect Walls
These walls have a smooth reputation
If you want the walls of your home to look flawless, skim coating will make them as smooth as silk. This technique allows you to get the surface of your walls perfectly even by sanding down bumps and spreading plaster to fill in nicks and scratches. Although the process can be expensive, for many, the beautiful results are well worth the cost. Below, five Sweeten homeowners skim coated their walls, addressing uneven surfaces and imperfections.
For a seamless look, each of the three bedrooms in Marsha and Adam’s townhouse were skim coated and painted in Benjamin Moore’s Super White. The walls act like a blank canvas, allowing the couple’s modern, mid-century furniture and decor to take center stage.
One of the main goals of Cat and Jordan’s renovation was to make their apartment “look as big, bright, and clean as possible.” At first, Jordan didn’t want to spend the extra money on skim coating, but he’s glad they went for it. “I can’t believe what a difference it made—the whole place looks lighter, brighter, and fresher.”
While renovating the kitchen and bathroom, Amy and Nick stripped old molding from their apartment and replaced it with crisp new trim. Next, the walls, ceilings, and doors were skim coated and given a fresh coat of paint to create a clean backdrop.
Thinking outside the box led Sam and Sean to take down the walls that boxed in their kitchen, cutting it off from the living room. The remaining walls needed to be brightened up. Skim coating and paint provided the much-needed facelift.
Before work began, Lauren asked her contractor if there was anything missing from the scope of her project. He suggested skim coating the walls and ceilings, pointing out bowed beams and the uneven surface of the walls. Lauren took his advice and the impact of the update made the apartment feel brand new again.
Looking to refresh the walls of your home? Check out our guide Budget Basics: Interior Painting Costs.
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