What is The Most Cost Effective Way to Re Plaster my Kitchen?

Whether you are repairing damage or competing a refurb, before plastering or re-plastering a kitchen you should consider a few things first so you can make the most of your opportunity to do a proper job and account for things now that will likely save you time and money in the long run.

Heres a simple list of what I consider to be the most important things to consider.

  1. is there a chance the walls could get knocked (Children playing or items will be carried into the garden for example or is the kitchen used as a communal area or any other activities like games etc?)
  2. Moisture.  Will there be a lot of moisture from steam, washer, dryer, oven?
  3. Wet areas around sinks and stop taps and even account for them around pi-work as a safe guard.


If its a Brand new Extension

If your kitchen is an extension on new blockwork you may have been advised the quickest and most cost effective way to replaster it is for dot and dab plasterboard onto theblockwnrk and then a skim finish.

   And this is right but quickest doesn’t mean best.

Don’t get me wrong a very solid high quality job can be done with dot and dab but if you have new blockwork walls I would have as much of the services as feasible chased into the walls and then a good 15mm thick sand and cement coat applied with skim finish (speak to a damp expert first though to see if and areas need treating before they are plastered).

Sand and cement is hard, very hard and you can add a water proofer to the mix to make it even more ideal in a moist environment.  And it is very easy to repair compared to plasterboard.  The water proofer is not required but like I said earlier this is your opportunity to get a good a quality as possible at this stage because you cannot go back and change it after.  If water proofer is used then a primer called “thistle bond-it” shock be used or else the skimming will not easily be applied to the sand and cement coat.

It may cost more than the dot and dab because it requires more skill than dot and dab but if you are looking for a rock hard proper traditionally plastered wall that will out last anything else in under any conditions then this is your best choice.

If its a refurb on uneven brick, block, old plaster, tiles or a mixture of all of them and maybe more then I would recommend Dot and Dab.  But take note of the following if your walls are very uneven because amongst other things you will probably end up with a very uneven and large void between the boards and the background.

  1. You will need to consult with your electrician to make sure the depth of sockets and other fixtures are okay for the thickness of dabbing required.
  2. if you have any areas of moisture on the existing walls get them checked out by a damp proofer.  Once resolved you could in theory dab over the area but personally I would use an independent liner (a liner that is only fixed to the ceiling and floor and not to the wall).
  3. The plasterboard to use is a 15mm thick moisture resistant board for the dot and dab and a 15mm thick moisture resistant Duplex foil backed board to the independent liner.

The 15mm board will give you protection from hard knocks and the moisture resistance does what is says on the tin but do not think it means water proof because it doesn’t.  Although it will take a severe water ingress to damage this board.

The duplex board has foil on the back so it is impenetrable from water which will protect your construction in the event moisture does start to seep through over time (ventilation may also need to be considered here as well so speak to your plumber to get advice).

 I must express I am only advising on my opinion from my own experiences and every job is different and requires specific considerations and so whilst my opinions are fundamentally correct they may need to be adapted to suit you project and so make sure you get professional advice before proceeding with your project.

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