I dont mind decorating.....but plaster work other than a few small repairs always get somebody in.....
bought and oldish house once the plaster was a bit loose in every room......
got a couple of plonkas in to take it of with a shovel n fill a skip.....
then got a team of pro's in to do the job.....5 of em in and out in 3 days and they cleaned up.....
well worth the money......
when I left Manchester over 25 years ago a plasterer and boy was £300 per day, cash.....if u could find one....
I'm ot too bad at making things functional, but making stuff that's beautifully finished and perfect to look at... well I'm just not much good at it.
So no prizes for guessing my attitude towards decorating.
(As for wallpaper - get stuffed, I'll stick to paint thanks )
I would never use a steamer to strip paper in an old house as it usually removes some of the skim used to level up old walls, turning an easy job into a hard one. A bucket of warm water with fabric softener & a sponge works nearly as well. If it's washable paper peel off the vinyl film first.
All my houses have had rubbish walls, not bad enough to re-plaster but bad enough to make it hard work to get decent finish for paint or paper, I used to do a lot of office partitioning and you can get commercial vinyl wall paper 1.3mtrs wide in some really nice finishes & patterns, its really thick, hard wearing and covers just about anything, a doddle to hang so that was my go to wall covering!
I wouldn't complain about mine….but she had mentioned the house needed decorating somewhere between 1 and 1 million times. I have to agree it did need doing.
When doing the holiday cottages I sacked the local painter so called handy man. He was clueless. Thats what happens when you try cheap. So ended up doing it my self.
So agree to decorating another guy who is recommended by a few folk turns up. Quick, tidy half decent finish. But the filling and caulking lacks attention to detail. When I discussed it with him, he try's to do every job as quickly as possible to keep his price down. Because thats what most people want.
I dont mind paying, but want a good job if I am, or I may as well do it my self.
Talking with my plasterer yesterday, about the reason for the live plaster. Comment was made about nobody heaving the patience to wait for render to properly dry, before plastering and that's why dot & dab plaster board is so popular - my personal hate.
I can understand, when the hallway is 51' long, it must have taken them about a week to render it.
I cant stand decorating, however, plastering i actually quite like. My decorator friend has been telling me for some time that i should do a plastering course to get confident enough to quote out on it (i currently just do it for free when friends want it)
Anyway, my decorator friend has known that we have been struggling since brexs#it and has prompted me to do some training. Went for the interview a couple of weeks ago, and was accepted*
6 week, 9-4:30 5 day per week British Gypsum sponsored training starting at the end of next month.
I suspect I'm going to be dreaming skim by the end of it!
*its not a beginners course, hence requiring a skills test prior to acceptance.