Texture and warmth with KC14 walls

Published in  Home and interior March 21th 2021
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The palette for the house was settled before we even broke ground on the site, and we’ve (almost) stuck to it since. We focused on authenticity, tactility, and giving the different surfaces enough space to shine. While the facade is black-stained wood, the interior has a combination of oak, concrete, plaster, and painted surfaces. On the ground floor – named the base by the architects – we have chosen a plastered surface to represent the concrete construction in the walls. In addition, it complements the concrete floor quite well. To achieve the look, we used KC14 in the color Pale Beach from Detale Cph. KC14 is a colored plaster applied with a putty knife. Along with the included topcoat, the result is a tactile and vibrant wall with the same durability as paint with 10 in gloss degree. I really excited to see it all come together when we get the oak cladding on the rest of the walls and the steps of the staircase.

Admittedly, I was somewhat nervous before I started the task of applying KC14. I had already plastered most of the house (brag alert), so I was starting to feel comfortable with the putty knife. But that also made me very aware of how hard it can be to get an even surface. Luckily I soon found out that there was no reason the be nervous. KC14 was surprisingly easy to apply, and a not perfect result is some of the charm of the product. Not perfect I can do!

How I applied K14
You’ll find tutorials, both written and videos, on how to apply KC14 on Detale’s website. In our case, the walls were already plastered and sanded (with regular plaster, that is) before I started. I consider using a primer first but decided to take a shortcut. Luckily I found it easier to apply KC14 directly on the plaster, than on the few painted areas.

Before applying KC14, I brushed off the dust from the sanding and masked out the areas that were to be treated. Since I’m a messy pretend-painter, I neatly covered up the floors. It’s recommended to use two patty knives measuring about 15 to 35cm when applying KC14. I mostly used the 35cm. To achieve the organic look, make sure to apply the product in a wavy movement, and avoid making a repetitive pattern.

After finishing the first coat, I left it to dry overnight (minimum 16 hours). Before applying the second and final coat, I used the patty knife to gently remove any lines, sanded lightly (180 grain) and brushed off the dust. Remember to use a facemask. Then I repeated the process, left it to dry, and sanded it gently by hand. Make sure to use sircular movements and be careful not to sand too much in one spot.

Brush off the dust before applying the topcoat. Remember to use gloves (I forgot, wouldn’t recommend it). I used a dustproof cloth which I dipped in a bucket of topcoat and gently dab it on the wall. There’s a bit of shine in the topcoat, so the more you apply, the more shine. I was aiming for a matte finish with a subtle effect, so I was squeamish with the topcoat. Start at the bottom corner to avoid marks if the product flows. Still, make sure to dab if it does.

After 2 to 3 hours, you can apply the final coat of topcoat. And there you have it, soft and tactile wall. Please note that it will take a couple of weeks for KC14 to become completely hardened, so it’s a good idea to treat your walls gently for a while.

Oh, and this window in our entry; I love it! The way the hill outside is framed almost makes it look like an ever-changing painting. In front of the window, there’s a concrete bench where we can sit when putting on shoes. And with heating in the concrete, there will be no cold butts. The concrete staircase is also one of my favorite details of the house, and the concrete on the ground floor is a nice contrast to the warm oak on the first floor.

A brief status update for the house
On the ground floor and first floor, we have to put cladding in the remaining walls, install doors and cover the steps with oak in the staircase. All this probably needs to wait until we have moved in, as our budget is pretty damaged.

On the first floor bathroom, we have a temporary solution as bathroom furniture, and we’re waiting for the mirror and shower wall to be delivered. We’ll need wardrobes in the bedrooms, but that’ll also be for later.

The second floor is almost done. The only major thing missing is our countertop, but hopefully, it will be in please in a month or so. When that’s installed, we’ll also have our sink and hob in place. We’ll also have a fireplace on the second floor, but that’ll have to wait for now.

Now we’re waiting (and waiting) for our application for temporary use of the house to be finalized, and hopefully — if approved, of course — we can move in about four weeks. Fingers crossed!