This beginner’s workshop introduces you to the materials, tools and techniques to repair vintage walls. A PAM signature REHAB LAB, we’re bringing you to Carver County’s historic Andrew Peterson Farm. The 1867 farmhouse bedrooms are in need of some TLC. Dress to get messy: this is a hands-on class! A Carver County Historical Society representative will lead us on a tour of the farm and share a bit of Peterson family history before we start working.
First we will tackle wallpaper removal. Participants will learn proper techniques for removing old wallpaper, cleaning glue off of the walls, and prepare walls to be painted. There will be demonstrations on a variety of plasters repairs, including cracks, holes in walls, and exposed wooden lathe. This is NOT a class focusing only on traditional plaster repair work. You’ll use easily accessible materials, and techniques developed to finish sheetrock that are also adaptable to repair old plaster.
Class participants will learn how to use catalytic plaster or setting plaster, often referred to in the trade as “Durabond.” This kind of plaster is mixed and sets quickly allowing for multiple coats in a single working session. We will use fiberglass tape and paper tape over cracks. We will finish our work with ready-mix topping or finish plaster. We will learn how to install 3/8″ sheet rock over exposed wooden lathe.
Please note: Class attendees will be working with original plaster and may be exposed to lead paint. Children under 18 will not be permitted to take this class. If you are pregnant, you are not advised to work with these materials. Class attendees will be given a respirator mask to keep in the kit that’s included as part of the registration fee. All class attendees must sign a waiver when they arrive.