Sometimes You Just Gotta Do It Yourself

Drywall, it’s starting to feel like our insulation. The project that never ends … or at least goes WAY longer than my little heart would desire πŸ˜€ We had a pretty gosh darn exciting weekend around here and I’m so very happy to report that there is now paint on the walls – PAINT. Since we’ve been working on this project since, ya know, August, it feels purty darn good to finally be moving on to the fun stuff.

But before we got to my favorite step (painting), we had some more grunt work to do. Even though we hired not one, but two drywall installers to come by our little home to work on the attic, we actually had a fair amount of work to do after they left. Oye. When we waived adios to our drywalling dudes, our upstairs looked like this. Looks done, right?

Drywalling Attic

Nope! We still had a solid 2-days of grunt work ahead of us. Namely, our drywall needed a final coat of sanding before we could put on our painting pants and start adding the finishing touches. Look how thrilled Jay looks about it πŸ˜€

How To Sand Drywall

The night before we got to the sanding, we had to get rid of fuzz left on the wall from the contractors initial pass over with sand paper. Like this.

Getting Rid of Drywall Fuzz

It basically looks like dust left over from sanding (I wish), but in reality, it’s spots on the drywall where the sandman got a little over zealous. A little too much mojo gave us spots on our wall looking like a Georgia Peach, which once we paint, would be difficult to get ride of.

So, before we could even get to our final coat of sanding, we had to come through and skim coat a few of the problem areas to make sure that they’d be looking their Sunday best once we pop our paint and primer over it. The night after we paid our drywall installer the big bucks, we were upstairs doing this. Not how I was initially envisioning spending my evening, but ya can’t win them all. πŸ™‚

Skimming Drywall

In complete honesty, it really wasn’t that bad. It saved us another day or two of $22.50 an hour in labor, so to us, we kinda just decided to suck it up and feel good that we were saving our last bit of moola. We divided and conquered on this task. I was the little detective that went sleuthing around the room looking for problem spots, and my trusty man came back through and skimmed out the areas in need of extra attention.

We let the mud dry for a day, and then came back through for the fun part. Sanding. πŸ˜€ Here were the tools of the trade that we used.

Tools for Sanding Drywall

There were two immediate issues for me with the sanding. 1) I have a sensory problem with anything on my hands. Anytime I feel something dry, or dusty on my hands I want to lick them. I’m seriously not kidding. It’s kinda gross, I know πŸ˜‰ 2) I have a sensory problem with the sound of drywall getting sanded, it sounds a little too chalk boardy to me. So needless to say, I was a bit twitchy up there helping Jay. πŸ˜€

One of the biggest issues was coming through and sanding over all the high spots where everything was not quite smooth yet. This was especially tricky since it required a whole lotta laser eyes looking for any trouble spots. Everything kinda starts to blur together when you’re looking at a white wall for hours on end. While Jay was coming through with the larger hand sander, I was on the look-out for smaller trouble spots with my hand sponge.

How to Sand Drywall

Spots like this, for instance. These spots were my call to action πŸ˜€

Sanding High Spots on Drywall

After getting some brief instructions from our final drywall dude, I was off to the races. Whenever I saw a spot like this, I’d just grab my hand sponge and lightly sand in a circle to get rid of the textured bump between the wall and the mud. Kinda wax-on wax-off style from Karate Kid (and why yes, I DID have very, very sore armsΒ everything the next day).

How to Sand High Spots

Here is how that same spot looks after. Bam. Looks better! The real test is to run your hand over after you sand. If everything feels like the same (smooth) texture, then you are good to go. If not, you probably need to sand it down a bit more.

Sanding Drywall

As soon as we were done with our sanding gig, we wiped down the walls with a broom and got to priming. As an fyi to anyone else trying this project at home, I tried using a damp rag first, but this wiped off too much of the mud, so we decided the broom was the better bet.

Priming the walls was the point in the project I starting doing karate chops and jumping jacks and asking/telling Jay every 10 seconds how GREAT everything looked. High as a kite, cause we all know what comes after primer. Paint, Paint baby.

Here is how our attic was looking by the end of our dirty, dusty weekend. Wootie, wootie, tootie frutie.

It kinda, sorta, looks like a ROOM!

How to prime drywall

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