Superwoman Does Drywall Repairs. And You Can Too!
January 7, 2014 § 2 Comments
Do you have a husband/mate who is good at starting projects, then never finishes them? Please tell me I’m not the only one. It’s so frustrating! Granted, my hubby is never home to do those repairs, because he’s always fixing someone else’s house. I find that frustrating too. My house is falling down around my ears. THIS hole in the bedroom has been here for 7 months. (We had a major leak in the bathroom.) I only got him to screw up the drywall a couple weeks later, because I was terrified. The cat kept sitting there looking in the hole like there was something in there. What if a giant squid, or rabid wolverine was in there waiting to eat me when I went to sleep?!
Anyways, I finally got tired of waiting for him to finish this project, so decided I would just do it myself. And I had no idea where to start. Thank God for Youtube. And Mr. Video Joe Knows. He has several videos that explain what to do from start to finish. So I lugged my laptop into the bedroom, and we did it together. If a 50 year old “Martha Stewart” type can do it, I have no doubt that you can do it too. So here’s all those videos from Joe. Gather your supplies, and make your wall pretty again!
How to install the webbing tape. I didn’t even know what it was, and I forgot to take a picture of that part, but it was super easy. I felt my confidence soaring already!
Putting on the first layer of quick set. I was a nervous wreck. I second guessed myself constantly, but Joe assured me I could do it.
I have a picture of this step, but it’s on my phone. And I’m too lazy to upload it. I did sand this layer a bit after it dried, because it wasn’t as smooth as I wanted it.
Adding the second layer of quick set:
Aha! I do have a picture of this one. I think I’m doing okay so far.
Adding the last coat of quick set: (Hm. forgot to take a pic of this step too. Genius.)
And now, for the skim coat, using joint compound. (whew, alot of steps, huh? We’re almost there.)
I sanded here again, just to make sure things were looking smooth. And I found a tip on another video, on how to make sure you see all those imperfections. Use a flashlight! Turn off your lights, and shine it on your work area. You will be able to see anyplace you need to sand.
Add a final coat of joint compound, let it dry, and you’re now ready to prime your wall patch.
Prime. Don’t skip this part. If you do, apparently the patch will stand out like a sore thumb when you put your regular ol paint on. I didn’t take any chances. I primed. It’s starting to look pretty good.
Then you spray on some texture out of a can. Wow, that stuff is expensive! And the first can was defective. How rude. I have a picture of this, but all you can see is white, so there was no point in trying to impress you with my texturing skills.
Then you prime again. Wait for that to dry, and guess what! It’s time to paint it to match the rest of the room. You’re done!
TADA! I’m pretty darned proud of myself. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great first try. Thank you Video Joe, I couldn’t of done it without you!