Slats, Sheetrock, Plaster – Oh My!

We are at it again – trying desperately to design our future home in the woods. The whole Mars & Venus miscommunication took place just this past weekend over a simple little request.

Tim: Now we need to think coverings. What type of walls, floors, etc. do we want?

Me: I like the color blue. And neutral stuff. I think neutrals are cool. Plus, that Mexican tile for the floor in the kitchen, that is definite.

Tim: *sighs* Okay, the tile in the kitchen, I understand. But what about the rest of the house? And the other stuff you mentioned, that’s after the house is built.

Me: Right.. exactly, I want blue paint in my bathroom.

Tim: *sigh*


Okay, okay… for those in the know, I get it now. After a really loooooong conversation, and me asking 5 bazillion questions, I get it.

And apparently, I like sheet rock.


Who knew sheet rock was considered boring? It’s really all I knew.

But now… oh now… the world has opened up.


Slates are THIS. It is a thin, narrow piece of wood, plastic, or metal, especially one of a series that overlap or fit into each other. Gives the interior of a house a very rustic, country, coastal-cottage feel. I like this, sort of.  I can see it in a bathroom or mudroom, maybe even the sun room.


Sheetrock, also known as Drywall (also known as plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board) is a panel made of gypsum plaster pressed between two thick sheets of paper. It is used to make interior walls and ceilings. THIS is sort of what I am used to, and automatically start thinking of color swatches.


Finally, Plaster walls. They are very similar to sheetrock, but have actually been used since ancient times. It can give a more “worldly” look.

I really like this.

Needless to say, we went back and forth about what the “coverings” should be in each room. Though we want something that is different and interesting, we both agree that too much “different” could cause someone to have sensory whiplash, and that we should probably reel it in a little on ideas we had.

So far we agree on these ideas for covering:

Mudroom/Bathroom (or two)/Sunroom: Slats

Dining room/Kitchen/Master Bedroom/Living Room: Plaster

Girls’ Rooms/Gameroom/Upstairs in general: Sheetrock

Then as for flooring:

Mexican Traverse Tile: Kitchen

Barn/Stained Wood Flooring: Downstairs

Carpet: Upstairs

Again… Not final, but we are finally getting somewhere.

Coverings: Who knew there were so many options?

Then, I got this idea that I wanted a special handmade piece for the foyer. I want a compass made of wood. (Think – Destination Unknown.. I work in Tourism… I love to travel.) Get it? Get it? And happily, so does Tim!


Something like this… or like this.

We are doing our research now! (PS – Don’t you just love that door on the right?)

And as for flooring:

This is a perfect example of the hardwood floor I am interested in, as well as the Mexican traverse tile for the kitchen.

And ceilings? Oh boy. That’s a touchy point for Tim. He wants interesting, nothing plain, and definitely zero popcorn elements.


This has become the inspiration for the Master bedroom. This we BOTH agree on. (All aspects of its.)

So… as you can see, when it comes to coverings: Walls/Ceilings/Floors, there is a whole more than meets the eye.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Published by nicolesdestinationunknown

Tourism Director * Freelance Writer * Southern * Catholic * Crazy Cat Lady * Wonder Women * Coffee Addict * Traveler * Voracious Reader * Cultural Junkie * *GSD Mom*

One thought on “Slats, Sheetrock, Plaster – Oh My!

  1. Love the slat wall in the bath. Since we are hoping to build the cozy country cottage, I think this would be a great look for us. And the wood flooring!!!!!. Have fun. You’re creating a dream come true.


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