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Find articles here on how to repair, and maintain walls, ceilings and plaster plaster for decorative and old house ceilings. 

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Delaminating plaster ceiling

How to Fix Plaster Ceilings

By using modern materials and a traditional technique, it is possible to repair plaster ceilings that are cracking and delaminating. Here is a step-by-step guide to how to fix plaster ceilings in your old house.

DIY reclaimed wood wall

DIY Reclaimed Wood Wall

Bungalows and ranches—not to mention any later additions to older houses—may have rooms that are bland boxes of drywall. Wood adds character.

Place the stencil

How To Stencil a Frieze

Stenciling is an easy and historically appropriate way to add interest to your walls.


Plaster 101: DIY Repairs, Tools & Techniques

A look at the common problems with plaster in historic homes, and which tools and DIY techniques are most effective for plaster repair.

scenic wallpaper

Where to Buy Scenic Wallpaper

Scenic wallpapers are on the comeback! Here's a curated collection of some of our favorite places to find the perfect scenic wallpaper or panoramas for your classic home.

stripping wallpaper

Prepping Plaster Walls for Paint & Wallpaper

Calcimine, old papers, peeling paint! Preparing the plaster substrate is the key to a good paint or wallpaper finish. In an old house, it’s not always an easy job: surprises likely lurk behind the recent latex and that floral vinyl upstairs.

Ornamental Plaster Moulding

Ornamental Plaster

The craft of ornamental plaster is a wondrous thing, especially to the uninitiated. Here’s what you need to know about this historic medium.

Knife and moulding technique

Knife and Mould Plaster Technique Explained

A mould knife is a metal template cut with the reverse profile of the moulding to be created or restored.

Step One Making a Medallion

Making a New Decorative Plaster Medallion

Here’s how the pros make custom decorative plaster medallions and close reproductions.

The ogee comes into play in this prominent kitchen shelf designed by Heartwood Kitchens of New England.

How To Make Compound Ogee Molding

When you can't find the right ogee molding off the shelf, here's how to make it.

diy faux finishing

DIY Faux Finishing

Faux finishing once was practiced by every house painter and many householders, who used inexpensive materials and simple techniques involving glazes, sponges, rags, and crumpled paper.

bees in walls

A Fix For Humming Walls

"If only it turned out to be a simple haunting, with footsteps and rattling chains!" –Deb Botti


Repairing Historic Flat Plaster Walls and Ceilings

Plaster in a historic building is like a family album. The handwriting of the artisans, the taste of the original occupants, and the evolving styles of decoration are embodied in the fabric of the building. From modest farmhouses to great buildings, regardless of the ethnic origins of the occupants, plaster has traditionally been used to finish interior walls.

Repairing stucco

Repairing Stucco

Although Stucco is a durable exterior surface, on occasion it needs to be repaired.

Mark a reference line, tile backsplash

How To Tile a Backsplash

Backsplashes are more than a backdrop. Washable, waterproof tiles can revive the room with period design or a fresh color accent.

Custom molding repair using epoxy

How To Make Custom Molding Repairs

Learn to replicate small sections of molding using a technique borrowed from plasterers.

Art Nouveau wallpaper from Switzerland (now discontinued) dresses up a tiny bedroom.

How To Choose Wallpaper for an Old House

Picking the right wallpaper is easy with a little historical understanding.

Patching plaster before and after

How To Patch Plaster Walls

Revive failing plaster with this straightforward repair process.

Egg-and-dart molding original and replica

How To Carve Egg-and-Dart Molding

Make your own version of this classic profile with just a few simple tools.

Voysey's Iolanthe frieze, install wallpaper frieze

Weekend Makeover: Install a Wallpaper Frieze

We show you how to install a wallpaper frieze to add character to your room.

Wall-lining textiles apply with adhesive like wallpaper and are ideal for covering multiple cracks and surface imperfections.

How To Repair Failing Plaster

How to repair plaster that's failing.

The key to textured finishes is experimentation. Plaster has a way of pointing you in the right direction, as long as you are open to making adjustments according to its needs.

How To Repair Textured Plaster

Textured plaster was common in many Spanish and Tudor interiors in the early 20th century. An expert shows how to re-create this lost art in your own home.

Historical wallpapers look different, feel different, smell different from the pre-pasted papers you buy at the hardware store. Most makers offer design services to help you with your scheme.

How To Hang Historical Wallpaper

By popular request, an introduction to historical wallpaper, including skills you can pick up in one room-sized project.

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