Original plaster vs. sheetrock/drywall?
I was perusing an old house blog when I stumbled on a comment along the lines of "I used to live in a turn of the century something-something (I can't recall the house style), but all of the original plaster had been taken out and it was replaced with drywall. I moved on because I wanted a more authentic look."
OK, that's just the gist of what they said, not verbatim.
Now, I know that there is a huge difference between plaster and drywall from an installation and maintenance standpoint, but I have a hard time telling the difference in my house. For example, one wall of my daughter's room had a weird cracking/buckling thing going on when we moved in, and we pulled out the plaster and put up drywall, on just that one wall. Sitting in her room now, I can't tell the difference between it and the other, original plaster and lath walls.
What am I not getting here? Is it because we had a plasterer come and throw a thin layer of plaster over the sheetrock (like, 1/8")? Did that save us? It's not the same as plaster-and-lath.
I'm asking because I'm doing a lot of wall patching in my trunk room. At this point it's a real mish-mash of drywall and the original plaster and lath, and I just want to know if I'm messing up royally. Also I'm not bringing in a pro plasterer this time, I'm just using joint compound to skim the drywall and blend the edges into the original walls.