[Ad – This post is brought to you in collaboration with The DIY School. All opinions and words are of course our own and I really did love the plastering essentials course that I took part in.]
Now, you know we like to try and tackle as many projects as we can by ourselves, but one thing that we’ve never dared do is plastering. Having watched the professionals at work in various rooms of our home, it definitely seemed more like an art form than a building job and was almost hypnotising to watch.
I watched a lot of videos and whilst some of the information I found was really good, every post and video I saw always mentioned things like “when your wall is dry, but not too dry”, “when your plaster is the right consistency” or “when the first coat is still a bit sticky”. Well, how on earth am I meant to know what dry but not too dry is without actually feeling it?!
So, after hours of research, I still felt like I was no closer to actually being able to plaster any of our walls, let alone achieve a result that I would be happy with.
While doing all of this slightly unsuccessful research, I suddenly had a bit of a light bulb moment – why not just do a plastering course?! And, if you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, you’ll already know that that’s exactly what I did for most of last week.
The course I did was a 4-day course called Plastering Essentials which took place at The DIY School in Stockport (they have courses all around the UK) and it was amazing! I learned so much and honestly, had no idea about how much is actually involved in plastering.
The courses take place in small groups of up to around 10 people, which means that the teacher has plenty of time to give everyone the help they need. Everyone was so friendly and the teacher we had was fab.
I totally admit that I was nervous and a bit apprehensive about learning how to plaster a wall and was totally convinced that I’d end up with a load of sticky gunk on top of my head, but it turned out to be weirdly enjoyable and more importantly much more doable than I’d ever imagined.
On this 4-day course (which they also offer spread over two weekends) I learned everything from how to plasterboard a wall and how to cut and attach angle beads right thought to how to mix plaster and how to actually plaster a wall!
Who knew that you could actually get the plaster to stay on your trowel and not fall off? Or that achieving a smooth plastered finish in just 4 days is possible? Everyone was so friendly and helpful and made me feel really at ease.
If you’re thinking of doing a DIY course we can highly recommend this one. The course was so good and surprisingly fun, too. I learned a huge amount and I can’t wait to put my new plastering skills into practice in our home and share the results!
The DIY School also offers a range of other courses, so if you’re looking at improving your DIY skills, this is something we’d highly recommend you try. If we ever get round to sorting our bathroom, I’ll definitely be back for the tiling course!
Thank you so much to Dan (my teacher), Simon (who runs The DIY School) and all of the lovely people who I met on my course (oh, and of course Snoop the dog). I couldn’t have had more fun and am still amazed at what I managed to achieve in such a short time!
PS. You can see some of my real-life plastering efforts in action as I couldn’t wait to put my newly learned skills into action. I plastered the whole guest bedroom (including the ceiling!) and I also plastered our dining room!