American Clay- VOC Free

The SIP walls made the tiny house feel like a real house. They transformed what was a dance floor on a trailer to the shell of a home. We set up lawn chairs inside and just stared at the walls. It felt like a massive achievement. We could just stop now and roll it somewhere. Almost. The truth was, we were still at the very beginning of this project. With walls comes drywall and a finish- but what  kind of finish? What should the inside of the tiny house look like? This is a big decision! And considering the tiny house is going to be moved (at least once!) we had to think about how a finish would tolerate the sway and flexing of the walls. The rigidity of the SIPs allowed us to use a finish such as American Clay instead of a latex based paint. If we had used traditional stick framing, the walls would have moved too much, causing cracks in a clay finish. American Clay is a natural clay product produced in the US that creates a plaster like finish. Prep is easy, simply sand-prime the drywall (just as it sounds- mixing sand with primer) so the wall has ‘tooth’ for the clay to bind to.

Before priming…

 

After priming…

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We chose to go with American Clay’s Porcelina finish, which left the wall as smooth as leather but with a subtle sheen from the crushed mineral. You apply the coats with basic hauk and trowel method. Once a layer has dried you go back over and smooth it out and actually compress it into the wall, giving it the smooth leather like finish.IMG_20141222_173731833 

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Up next, milling our own cherry hardwood floors- easily one of my favorite things about the tiny house. Whole new appreciation for things that are handmade.

 

 

 

 

 

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