If you’ve been following my home remodels, you know do a lot of skim coating on my walls. I detest heavy ugly wall texture. DETEST it. (It’s a personal thing.) This house has it worse than any other home I’ve remodeled. It’s a super heavy knock down texture and it’s randomly uneven. Some areas just have a few random blobs and the rest looks like this.
I have two methods for skim coating and I’ve shared them both with you in the video at the end of the post. It’s something you have to SHOW not explain.
I use premixed joint compound. It costs about $15 for a 5 gallon bucket. My walls are SUPER heavy so I’ve done 5 coats and used 2 buckets of joint compound (also known as mud).
To skim coat, you water down and apply thin layers of joint compound to your walls. The point is to fill all the voids that surround the texture. It’s a process!
You need a mixing attachment for your drill, a paint roller, a spray bottle with water, a wet rag and either:
a large trowel…
…or aMagic Trowel for applying the mud to the walls.
It’s literally called a magic trowel and it’s AWESOME.
I still like the traditional trowel too. I might use a combination of the two but if you’ve never skim coated before, I’d recommend the magic trowel.
For one, it doesn’t give you blisters. You roll the joint compound on the wall and then swipe it smooth.
Two, you don’t end up having to sand as much. And that’s a BIG plus because sanding makes a HUGE MESS everywhere in your house. Not kidding. You’ll find drywall dust in your sock drawer weeks later…
But it’s worth every particle of dust in my underwear drawer and the callouses on my hands because these walls are smooth as a baby’s bottom –Baby!
It’s definitely a personal thing. Some people love their texture — any and all kinds. I don’t — so I fix it!
Still unsure of how to skim coat? I made a video!
I’ll be frank with you, skim coating sucks! It’s messy. It is difficult and takes some practice to learn the skill. It’s hard work. It’s tiring and it’s frustrating.
I don’t know why I keep doing it myself. I guess I keep forgetting how much I hate doing it…because once I’m done and the walls look good, I can move on to the fun part of the remodel and it looks sooooooooo much better in the end.
Tags: Drywall, skim coating, Tutorial