How to Skim Coat a Wall (DIY)

Skim Coat Walls

You may have just moved in into your new tiny house and realize that the walls are not as appealing as you would have wanted them to be. An appealing wall is not just about the color of the paint on it, it also needs to have a coat that makes it feel extremely smooth in texture. Without this, you will either get to notice surfaces of roughness or areas that did not get completely finished as the house was being built. In case you are going through this, you may need a do it yourself exercise that involves a few steps. This is the skim coating of your wall. The steps involved in it include;

Prep your walls

Here, you will need a mud pan to mix the mud. The mixture is done a step at a time to aid in the skim coating. This step will not necessarily fill any holes that may be in the wall and it may need to be done right and a few times. The mixture needs to be thick so that once you start coating the walls, it will cover all the dents and unnecessary areas you will need to keep covered. Ensure that as you coat, you are only skimming the needed areas. Spreading this into unwanted surfaces of your wall may leave stains.

Apply the first skim coat after the mixture

Ensure that as you are applying the first skim coat, your knife is placed at a 30 degrees’ angle. Immediately you are done, you need to again go back and skim any excess mud that may be on the wall. This helps to give the consistency of the soft surface that you are hoping to achieve. It will also help to get rid of any lumps that may dry up on the surface if not worked on immediately.

Apply the second skim, this time to coat

The same technique you applied on the first coat here will apply. The only difference will be the movement of the knife. If your first skimming was done horizontally, you do it vertically this time. This is to help give a levelling to the surface and also contributes to the smooth feeling you want to achieve on the same surface.

You may need to remember that the soft surface will not be achieved by two rounds of skimming. There may be a second and a third of the same activity. As you do so, get rid of any dust using a dump cloth.

Once you are done with the skim coating on your wall, you may need to allow it to dry. Allow it dry completely before you can begin to sand. Sanding is the final step to taking away any excess mud that may be on the already skimmed wall. Once this is completely done and all the dust on the surface has been removed, you can now paint your wall with the paint colour of your choice.  The only extra ordinary thing about skimming is that it will need a lot of your time but this still makes it a do it yourself exercise.

How To Make a Reclaimed Wood Wall

Reclaimed Wood Wall

Reclaimed wood popularly known as antique wood or recycled wood is a lumber that’s been granted new life and is being used for a different purpose. This type of wood usually comes from old barns, boats, shipping crates, wine casks and other wooden structures that are no longer in use or have been demolished and is perfect to create your reclaimed wood wall feature.

Reclaimed wood comes in a variety of textures and sizes which means it’s easy to create your own special look and at the same time save some cash.

The use of reclaimed wood is not limited to floors only it can also be used in construction of walls to give your tiny home a unique appearance.

Some furniture makers and interior designers also look for salvaged wood from home projects. Reclaimed wood from barns, homes and commercial buildings, as well as reused items such as pallet are slowly entering the interior décor scene.

As design trends are slowly shifting to being more eco-friendly more home owners are favoring the use of reclaimed wood instead of virgin wood. They believe that this makes their homes more sustainable, efficient and more durable.

Below are the benefits of using reclaimed wood for your tiny home.

Sustainable

Using reclaimed wood for your tiny home wall saves the environment from cutting down more trees. Although trees are seen as a renewable source they are being cut faster than they can grow, this greatly affects forests. This recyclability factor of reclaimed wood is what makes it sustainable.

Durable

Compared to virgin wood, reclaimed wood is stronger. This attributes to the fact that reclaimed wood comes from old forests and the generations of trees we have today are not as strong as the old trees. That said reclaimed wood is harder it does not warp or shrink.

Uniqueness

Reclaimed wood has a unique look to it. This is because you will never find two pieces that are exactly alike.  Using it to make the walls of your tiny home will also make your home have a unique look. The history behind it also makes it unique in a way.

When buying reclaimed wood for your tiny home walls there are also a number of things to do before beginning construction:

Check for bugs

Ask your supplier if the wood has been treated in any way either chemically or by kiln drying. Kiln drying will kill any bugs in the wood and will also remove any moisture from the material. If you suspect your reclaimed wood has bugs you will need to treat it with some insecticide of your own. You don’t want critters invading the inside of your tiny home.

Wet wood

Stay away from damp and soggy wood. Wet wood attracts insects and it could also cause the wood to have mold. Using reclaimed wood that is wet and moldy is not healthy to use in your tiny home.

Finding the right blend of reclaimed wood will allow you to create a unique home that will perfectly fit your lifestyle and personality.