The walls also have a weird rubber-like coating; I don't know if it's just so many coats of paint that it feels thick, but it is somewhat flexible. It doesn't adhere very well to the plaster below it and there are also a lot of painted over cracks. If we're smart, we'll fix these walls in this room while we're restoring the woodwork. But, I don't know how to fix them.
I don't know if I should try to scrape off all of this weird rubbery layer and then resurface all of the walls, or if I should just try to fix just the obvious problem areas. I'm currently having the mental debate about doing it right and doing it cheap.
And what do I use to resurface the walls? I get conflicting info about using joint compound—some sources say it won't adhere well over the long term. I really don't want to learn how to do plaster. I'm barely motivated to work on this paint stripping.
Any advice would be appreciated.