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.

Wood Accent Wall Ideas

Wall Accent Wall

If you are skeptical about painting or using wallpaper for the interior of your tiny home, why not opt for the creativity and natural uniqueness of having a wooden accent wall? Accent walls are a wonderful way to add visual dimension to your living space as well as enhancing style in your tiny home especially if you opt for a wood accent wall design.

A wooden accent wall in your tiny home creates a richness of texture and depth and is also very easy to install. Whether you are looking for one with rugged edges or symmetrical lines there are a variety of wooden options to choose from. Even darkly stained russets and mahoganies is a good style for your tiny living room. Polished or pallet style your wooden accent wall is an extension of your personal style.

A wooden accent wall will achieve what paints and wallpapers fail to do; that is create a setting apart from the main theme, ultimately creating a unique work of art in your tiny home interior. Flawlessly installed and providing years of fluid transformations, these wood ideas will grow with your home. Like you, the wooden accent wall will get better with time.

Here’s how wooden accent walls can be incorporated in different rooms of your tiny home.

Wooden accent wall for your tiny living room

You can make the living room of your tiny home feel and look much cozier with a wooden accent wall. Creating a wooden accent wall for your tiny living room is easy. A good idea to use is whitewashed wooden accent wall for your Scandinavian style interior, pallet and reclaimed wood is better used for a more traditional looking interior. You can even try experimenting with patterns example diagonal or vertical lines.

Wooden accent wall for your bedroom

Bedrooms are the most popular spaces to create a wooden accent wall. The accent wall is mainly fixed on the wall that’s behind your bed’s headboard. This accentuates the bed and also gives you room to add pictures or pieces of artwork or lights to make it livelier.

Choosing a warm tone color for your accent wall in the bedroom makes it feel cozier, not forgetting pallets they can be a perfect source for your wooden accent wall.

Wooden accent wall for your tiny bathroom

Wood is a beautiful material to decorate your tiny bathroom. Using it in finishes will save it from being spoilt by humidity. Wooden bathtubs, sinks and cabinets look modern and chic in a bathroom. A warm wooden accent wall will look incredibly awesome in a clean all-white bathroom: the contrast makes up the whole space and is visually appealing. Accentuate the wall behind the bathtub to give your tiny bathroom a more dramatic effect.

Wood has always and will always remain trendy because it’s a natural material. Wood blends easily with any type of décor and warm tones look chic and adds a feel coziness that can’t be achieved with other types of décor. Wooden accent walls are a unique and welcome addition to your tiny house because it changes the whole look of your home and blends well with any type of interior décor you have.