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The Semi-reveal

June 29, 2012

Alright, here it is: the plaster! This is only a semi-reveal because we aren’t done with the interior yet. Over three and a half days, me, Mr. B, and Mr. M (dad Gibson) did the first (scratch coat) on the interior, and the finish coat in the master bed/bathroom. We also got some invaluable help and moral support from our neighbor and mom Gibson. Overall, it was less technically difficult than I expected, but much more physically exhausting. This will be a picture heavy post, since just writing about it makes me tired.

The first wall

We couldn’t find any good information on using gypsum plaster on straw bale walls, so we semi-followed the information we had on using NHL plaster, and we made up the rest. We are using Red Top basecoat gypsum plaster. Our goal was 1 1/4″ finished plaster, so we were aiming for a 3/4″ basecoat. We sprayed the walls down before we started plastering.

The plaster sprayer was hands-down the greatest time saver and the most difficult to use part of the operation. Not difficult tricky, but difficult this-is-so-frickin-heavy. Only Mr. B could lift it over his head, so he was stuck as our mud sprayer for the whole operation. He powered through his cold and tendonitis – what a champ! Basically, you spray the mud on the wall, and then go back and smooth it out and fill in low spots.

Messy job

We thought it was overkill to cover every surface with plastic, but as you can see above, spraying plaster is really messy. Everything gets covered is plaster, both from the sprayer and hand plastering.

Working on the finish coat.

OK, so here they are – the two finished rooms! The finish coat was a little rough – some bumps, some trowel marks, so we ended up using a neoprene float to enhance the rustic finish. They look a lot more monolithic than I expected, and it really makes the room look totally different.

Master bed room


6 Comments leave one →
  1. sue permalink
    June 29, 2012 8:00 am

    wow! what a transformation and amazing job! wish i could be there to help…


    • June 29, 2012 8:03 am

      You are always welcome out here, although you might want to help by bringing food and drinks. This was harder than moving bales for sure.

  2. Rita permalink
    June 29, 2012 8:10 am


  3. Alex permalink
    June 29, 2012 4:58 pm

    it looks like a great job.

  4. July 8, 2012 8:50 am

    Reblogged this on musingofamisfit.

  5. July 8, 2012 8:59 am

    Wow, hard work!! Looks like it will be well worth it though.

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