We sealed the damaged walls twice and filled all of the holes. Another difficult task was trying to conceal the ridges between the damaged brown paper and the drywall seams. This tedious task requires sensitive hand-eye coordination. After we did this, it was time to apply texture to the wall and ceiling. We've done this by hand a few times, which is very difficult. We've also rented a machine that sprays drywall compound through a hose, which was insanely messy and a real pain to clean up. This time, we wanted to try a new approach to adding texture to the walls, so we purchased roll-on wall texture and a textured roller. That choice turned out to be a complete waste of time. The roller actually pulled the remaining texture from the ceiling off in big clumps, and it smeared all of our beautiful handiwork with the seams. Sigh... Trying new approaches isn't always the best idea! Tomorrow morning we will take another trip to Home Depot, rent the massive texture spray machine, and fix the walls. This puts us a day behind, but I still think we might be able to finish by the end of Spring Break.
This picture shows the brown paper after it was sealed. The sealant is essentially clear nail polish for your walls! The white parts are where we had to mud transitions between the paper and the seam. It's about 1/16 of an inch difference, but if you paint it without repairing it, it's very obvious.
This is what happens when you attempt to roll on drywall mud. It just isn't thick enough for painting. You'd see every single imperfection if you painted this mess. We'll have to change the order of tasks to allow for the texture to dry 24 hours before priming and painting.