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February 23, 2012

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Tuesday night was sheetrock night.  It was also the night where we renamed the paint color in our home “Drywall.”  Isn’t the color eerily similar to the paint on the walls? 

Nuts.  I’m sure we did things unconventional, but like always–we do what works for us.  “Us” being I man and one relatively weak-sauce woman.  So first we propped the sheetrock up on some scrap wood until it was the same height as the adjacent wall.  This was especially helpful to me–holder of the drywall.  It saved me the stress and muscle to have to hold the board up at the right height, and I focused on keeping it nice and close to the studs while Chris hammered it in place.  And then we cut it.

Is that backwards?  Maybe.  But it made for a perfect fit around the step-pattern shape we got going on.  And the rest, we just slid back and secured in its place.

Tuesday night wasn’t that fun.  Drywalling in general?  I’m not a big fan.  Last night was more fun.  I like spackling!  I have filled in small nail holes before, but never taped new walls–so I went to YouTube and searched for a tutorial.  This one was so helpful:

I was planning on doing a tutorial myself, but I am not sure I am qualified yet.  Maybe the next wall we knock down and rebuild.  ;)  While I was busy taping and spackling some joint compound on the walls…

…And selling our ottoman and buying other things in the online classifieds,
Chris started taking out the tile flooring by our sliding glass door.  We decided to have the carpet extend all the way to the door.  Partly because we don’t like the tile and also we don’t want the visual breakup in flooring.  

Chris also finished installing more drywall and started building the small wall that will house more foundation and be the platform for another bookcase on the other side of the door.  And then we have to drywall and spackle that up.  Needless to say, I won’t be painting today like I thought I would.  Even though I feel behind, we’re way ahead of our end-of-March deadline.  Like….WAY ahead.  But you wouldn’t be able to tell that from the sight this morning–

Slim wall not quite framed out with no drywall yet:

Just enough of the tile came up to where we could work on the sides of the future bookcases:

These walls need another coat of joint compound…or two:

And there is dust.  Everywhere!

We are happy to have (most of) the walls up.  By the end of next week, we plan on having all the dirty work done.  As in, recessed lighting in (which we are doing ourselves–it’ll be an adventure), bookcases up, window cut out, the carpet installed and the decorating started.  It may be a mess now, but we’re holding on to the vision and the promise of a major veg session when we’re done.  Hope you’ll tag along for the ride.

Missed parts of the process?  See our blank slate here.   Demolition here.  Framing the wall, here.

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What do you think?

  1. You guys are making great progress! I can’t wait to see this room progress.

  2. Sometimes I run out of praise. You guys never cease to impress. Trust.

  3. we just experienced drywalling for the first time when we re-did our mudroom and it was not fun. not that i did much of any of it, but i listened to a lot of grunting/swearing/sighing. Especially lifting the second pieces to go all the way up to the ceiling…not easy or fun!

  4. It’s been forever since I’ve been to your blog, but I remember reading about your plans for this room! Looks like you guys are off to a great start! Cant wait to follow along! (Adding you to me Reader now so I dont forget!)

  5. Welcome back Ashley. And congrats on the new house!

  6. Holy moly. I love that you’re documenting every step. I am learning so much. And I feel like I’m right there with you! It’s lookin’ good.

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