To the Windooow, To the Wall

Here it is…the long await posted regarding our wall texture repair adventure. Actually this will likely involve two to three posts so check back to see how we completed this project. Which will be finished tomorrow! Finally! Yay!

In the formal living and dining space of our home, there were marks and damage from what appears to be the aftermath of chair rail. Here’s some back story to elaborate (and I’m actually oversimplifying a lot of this):

Our home was most recently owned by a corporation that basically “buys” residential home loans in bulk. Basically, the previous owner couldn’t afford their payments (which makes me sort of sad and really thankful for my circumstances all at the same time), and rather than go into foreclosure and destroy their credit, a company like this will swoop in and basically do a deed in lieu of foreclosure. I’m sure I have some of this wrong but nevertheless, because it wasn’t officially bank owned, the company came in and did some cosmetic (albeit piss poor) work on the place. Most notably, they ripped down what appears to have been chair rail as mentioned above and did an AWFUL repair job which left the walls, not really damaged, but unsightly in places. They also did a crappy “builders” job painting the entire house in the same color beige in a flat finish. Now, I’m being a little harsh, it wasn’t truly awful, but after a couple of months with it…gag, time to move on.

Here’s an example of what we were dealing with:

Unfortunately, we couldn’t just slap on some spackle and sand because the walls have drywall texture. Which, by the way, WHEN did this become popular? Perhaps I do just live under a rock but I grew up in a home with very smooth walls so as an adult, I am completely thrown by the apartments and homes I’ve lived in that have these textured walls. Needless to say, I did my research and got up to speed on drywall texture. Check out some info here and here. Then I was ready to plan our repair attack. You see, we ultimately need to spackle and sand this damage however, it will leave smooth patches on the wall not consistent with the undamaged texture. So, the second step is to repair the wall texture with joint compound or other pre-mixed drywall texture product on the market that comes in a can.

Stay tuned for a post tomorrow on what we chose to use and some steps we took to practice with the materials before we took it to the wall.

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