Remember this picture? A good 'ol shot from when I bought the house with my rose colored glasses still on.
Lemme zoom in a bit to really gross you out...
What IS that stuff. IDK probs mold. Probs chipped paint. Probs a layer of concrete that is PEELING off. Excellent.
And that's how the room sat for oh, 7 months. BUT I COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER. You see, once I ripped off the ceiling EVERYTHING that was once in the work room, moved into the storage room. And the storage room moved to the living room. And the living room turned into a jungle adventure anytime I needed something. This needed to be fixed ASAP. A ceiling down is NBD. But since the room was cleared, it was high time to handle the hot mess of a walls.
THEY say prep is 90% of the work. In this case, it was 110% of the work. Here's how it went down.
Day 1: Wash the walls with vinegar in an attempt to get the discoloring out (spoiler: didn't work). Chip away concrete rubble
Day 2: Bring out the big guns: Use my drill and a wire brush attachment to clean the walls/get the concrete rubble out and rouge paint chips (tested negative for Lead: WIN!). Clean the walls with drylok etcher (spoiler: does very little)
Day 3: BLEACH the walls (spoiler: does nothing). Patch holes with hydraulic cement.
Day 4: Give up and just start painting.
|Patching above with hydraulic cement, it expands as it dries making a stronger bond for the patch.|
I used Drylok for the walls which hit the exterior (all interior walls still need to be done, but with normal paint, any volunteers?!) this stuff is the THICKEST paint out there, BUT it seals your walls. You literally just glob it on, brushing in all directions to make sure it gets in all the nooks in the concrete. The first coat already looked 100x better, BUT some of the discolored walls were still showing through which made me want to light the house on fire. THANKFULLY the second coat did the trick (2 coats are recommended).
|After 1 coat: you can still see some of the concrete coloring through the white. Or maybe you can't and i'm just crazy.|
IT'S LIKE A WHOLE NEW ROOM! So, fingers crossed, this stuff should last about 10 years and not let ANY water through the walls. NOW the fun part: putting all my tools back in the work room. Oh yeah, and that ceiling...