The room needed an update so I decided to paint. After clearing the room of most of the "stuff" I decided to tackle the wall of tile. I was hoping if I was really careful, I could get away from the project with just some small drywall patching. No such luck.
After about five minutes I realized the only way to get the tile off was with some serious muscle. I skipped the gym and did the "construction worker demolition workout." It could be a new fitness craze. I can't tell you how satisfying it is to demolish something. It's really fun to break things with a hammer! I was having so much fun, my daughter Casey wanted to give it a try. Notice the fashionable eye protection she's wearing. Wear gloves, eye protection, and a high neck shirt. I had to go change my top after this picture was taken because little shards of tile kept going down the front of my tank top, ouch!
Here's Casey taking a whack at it.
Wall studs and insulation tend to freak out husbands when they get home from work, so warn him before he gets home and assure him that it will be fixed soon.
Cami wanted to know how Santa fit through the tiny pipe that goes into the chimney?
Before you go out and buy a piece of drywall, make sure you measure the thickness of your existing walls. Drywall comes in three thicknesses. My Dad happened to have an extra piece that was a match for our walls. Measure the opening and cut the drywall. We measured and cut four separate sections to close the hole. Drywall is so easy to cut, I used an Exacto knife. Score the outside paper with the knife along the cut you want to make. Stand up the board with the cut facing away from you. Apply force to the opposite side. I used my knee and gave it a load "Hiyahh!!" (my Karate imitation)
Here is the new drywall screwed into place. Screw it into the wall studs and counter sink the screws. Don't sink them too deep or they will break through the drywall paper and not secure the board.
See the TV and armoire to the right of the fireplace? Bad idea! Take everything out of the room before doing drywall.
My husband was relieved at this point.
Next tape and joint compound. It really isn't "tape" it's paper. Apply a very thin layer of joint compound to the drywall seams and cover with drywall tape. Apply another thin coat of joint compound over the top of the tape.
Let it dry overnight.
I like this pink joint compound. I've only used the regular white stuff before. It turns white when it dries, no guessing.
It reminds me of cake frosting.
You also need a trowel and a tray.
Here it is taped and frosted. Wait till it turns white, then lightly sand and apply another thin layer of joint compound. Wait, sand, repeat it if you can still see the seams. Trowel on a thin layer to all the new drywall wall.
THIS IS VERY MESSY!!! Remove everything out of the room before sanding drywall. Advice I wish I had taken.
See the edges are turning white.