How to plaster a wall to get a super smooth finish

Brown wall plaster on stand with man in background plastering wall
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Do you want to know how to plaster a wall? Then you ‘ve come to the right place. The thought of plastering a wall may seem daunting, but with the know-how of a few pro techniques and the right tools – these are essential to get the job done properly – you will be able to achieve a super smooth wall. 

Whether you are tackling a previously plastered wall or plasterboarding a stud wall the steps you need to plaster are very similar, with a few subtle differences. Here we reveal what you need to know to get both right – with a little practice if you're a first timer – to give you smooth walls ready for a splash of paint or wallpaper.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.