"Matching" drywall to plaster?
Hello - first time poster here. I figured it was time to join since all of my "How do I...?" searches ended up at threads at Garden Web!
We just purchased a 1943 bungalow in Portland OR, and are remodeling the bathroom before moving in. Since it's the only bathroom in the house, we needed to take over a small portion of an adjoining room to get enough square footage to make a workable layout for our family, which necessitated taking down a section of wall, which is plaster and lath.
Taking out that wall, and part of the adjoining walls where the shower tile is, has already started happening (I realized after the fact that I could have just taken the plaster off with the tiles, and left the lath to re-plaster?). But I don't need to tear out the rest of the walls - some holes will be made for a few electrical and plumbing tweaks, but that's all.
I know there's a lot of people who hate to see a perfectly good (and sturdy) plater and lath wall go - so my question is this: how can I "match" the drywall that will be going up in the demoed part to the plaster in the rest of the room so they look seamless? Any special techniques that I should study up on?
I'll admit I'm not crazy about the look of the plaster in this house - it has an orange-peel-ish texture to it (best way I can think to describe it). My last home was brick construction from 1900, which had plaster over the brick, but was smooth (albeit imperfect), which I liked much better. But I do realize that it's solid construction and there's no reason to take it out if it's not necessary.
I've attached a picture of the bathroom - basically the drywall will be on the right hand side, and the left hand side will remain the original plaster.