Bedroom Drywall Progress

by Josh on March 24, 2010 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

There’s nothing terribly complicated about hanging and finishing drywall.  It can be a popular do-it-yourself project for that very reason, and I’ve even done a bit of it myself.

Getting quality drywall results, however, takes smart layout decisions and a skilled hand– and I have accepted that it will take a lot more practice before that is me. Besides, a few rooms in the house already suffer from the obvious seams and uneven finish that are tell-tale signs of the DIY drywall efforts of previous owners. For my bedroom project I want a better outcome.

I hired a drywall contractor for this job and their team has been hard at work.  It took a crew of two nearly a full day to hang the sheetrock in my project spaces.  Those spaces include a 12′ x 12′ bedroom and 4′ x 6′ closet for my younger son, and the 15.5′ x 6′ master closet.  All the spaces include kneewalls, awkward angles, and in the closets some tight corners.  I’m sure it would have taken multiple weekends for me and a helper to do this.  The photo below shows the bedroom with the sheetrock in place– note therefinished radiator encased in plastic wrap for dust protection and strapped to a hand truck so it can be kept out of the way.

Bedroom drywall hung

A couple days later, the drywall company’s taping and finishing specialists now had the corners, seams and screw heads all with at least a first coat of joint compound and only the off-90-degree angles yet to begin.  The next photo shows the finishing in progress as well and those tricky angles unfinished in the upper right.

Bedroom mostly mudded & taped

Out of curiosity, I asked the worker how long he had been finishing sheetrock.  ”Forty years,” he told me.  In fact, he said his father had been in the building trades, too, and taught him to install drywall as a youth.  That’s a level of experience no amount of DIY tinkering around my house will give me.  Considering the quality of the installation so far and the huge time savings to me, I feel very good about outsourcing the drywall portion of my project.

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reuben Collins March 25, 2010 at 11:05 am

I recently did a drywall project in a sort of out-of-the-way portion of the house specifically for the purpose of learning how to do it. I suffered with a lot of the typical problems DIY’ers face – most notably tape bubbles. I watched a ton of youtube videos to try and learn the trade. What was most startling was that they were able to get great finishes with very little sanding. Me, I got a mediocre finish and did a TON of sanding to get there. While I’m ultimately pretty happy with how it turned out, it is obviously a DIY job, and anyone that looks closely will know it. Like I’ve always said, one of the main benefits of owning a really old house in poor condition is that you can do a relatively mediocre job on things and it’s still a HUGE improvement over where you started.

Also, something I learned: the new walls looked a lot better with just the white primer on them than with the brown paint. Something about the dark, rich color makes the imperfections stand out in a way that white didn’t.

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Deb March 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

If someone asked me the ONE thing I would spend money on over anything else in a DIY project, it would be drywall. I’ve done it, it sucks, it’s hard work and it never looks as good as it should. Having someone else do it is money well spent :)

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The Clumsy Carpenter March 29, 2010 at 8:23 am

Is it just me, or does it seem the more access to information we have, the harder it is to learn how to do something? I would have loved growing up working with my hands and learning how to do everything. Unfortunately I’m at a point now where I’m 27 years old and having to learn everything myself.

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