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anthony187 01-02-2013 02:29 PM

Best option for walls in kitchen, after removing tile?
So my house was built in the 50's the tile comes half way up the wall. I want to tear this down. My only problem is after that then what. The house is all plaster. I know that under this tile is plasterboard. I am not skilled enough to skim it myself and make it look good after I take the tile down. I was thinking about trying to order 1/8" drywall and cover the two walls that this tile is on. I need some help. I am doing this on a very small budget. Any suggestions would be great. Also I work two jobs so I really don't have the time to for a huge project. Something I can do on a weekend so that my kitchen isn't out of commission for a couple weeks. Thanks for you help in advance.

pro handyman 01-02-2013 02:34 PM

Well I got an idea for you that I see in a house I was working in the other day. The customer had put new laminate on floor. They some left over and put it on walls for a back splash. I thought it look good and would be easy to do.

joecaption 01-02-2013 02:34 PM

No such thing as 1/8 drywall, it will be 1/4.
No way can a first time DIY is going to be doing this over a weekend.
It's going to take three coats at least of drywall compound, sanding, priming, and two coats of paint.
Even using hot mud it will take about 4 days min.

ToolSeeker 01-02-2013 04:28 PM

Look into different styles of wainscoting. You can get 1/8" breadboard at the box store in 4x8 sheets cut in 32" pieces raise from the floor the width of your baseboard then put a chair rail on top if painted doesn't look bad.

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