There are few things in this world I haven’t tried my hand at….
- Bungee jumping…….check. (Albeit a tourist trap in Gatlinburg.)
- Jumping from a swinging bridge and hoping you don’t hit rocks and/or snakes when you hit the water….check.
- Riding a horse on a steep embankment as your saddle goes sideways and you are literally clenching your thighs around this horse’s belly for dear life (you don’t know the true meaning of riding side-saddle until this happens to you, folks)…check.
- Entering a chicken coop where a very irate rooster resides who has had you on his list since you let the brooder roof blow off months ago and the dog ate half his family…check.
- Installing a metal roof in the snow…check.
- Drywall…check, but it didn’t go over well. At all.
The first time I tried my hand at drywall, it was in an entire upstairs, although a very small upstairs, of a nearly 100-year-old farmhouse. You really don’t think it can be that hard – screw the drywall on, tape the seams, mud the seams, mud the screw holes, sand, another coat of mud, another sanding, another coat of mud, another sanding – until it’s all even.
Well, I’m hear to tell you it’s not that easy. I really wish I had a picture of that first drywall job I did to show you just how bad the seams look. The screw holes really aren’t hard, those seams though, well they are a four letter word that rhymes with itch. After that, I vowed never to try my hand at installing drywall again.
Let’s fast-forward to the 70’s Landing Pad, shall we? I’m older, I’ve learned more, I’ve DIY’d more. I can do more DIY-y stuff.
I’m still not touching drywall.
I don’t care if the budget was maxed out and I had to live with open walls for a while – I wouldn’t hang and finish drywall myself until I had enough money to pay someone else to do it.
Obviously, I’m very passionate about this.
All that being said, you can imagine my displeasure (which is the understatement of the century) when I removed wallpaper in the kitchen and was left with this…
Whoever installed the wallpaper, did not prime the walls first, therefore when it was removed, it managed to bring much of the actual paper on the drywall off with it – which is bad. Very bad.
And then, you can imagine the words I used as I stood in the doorway of the kitchen, looking at the entryway stairwell and saw what appeared to be the edge of wallpaper curling up in the middle of the wall.
No, I thought. The stairwell was just painted. Indeed, it was painted. Painted over wallpaper. That was also applied incorrectly.
And then as I moved on from the kitchen and the stairwell into the hall bathroom, to remove wallpaper, I had high hopes with that first wall in there…
The wallpaper was coming off smoothly. And then I turned the corner and it all just went – well, straight to you know where in a hand basket.
Finally, I moved downstairs to Grunt Labor’s office.
Luckily, only the top half of two walls were covered in wallpaper. Unfortunately, it was two layers of wallpaper and those two half walls turned out to take the longest of any of the wallpaper to remove.
At that point, it was time to call in the pros. I now had four rooms full of damaged drywall that had to be fixed and as we have already established, I wasn’t doing it.
I used HomeAdvisor to find a pro in my area to fix my drywall.
All I did was type in “repair drywall” and then my zip code on the following page. HomeAdvisor pulled up many different local pros who could do drywall work in my area. There’s no fee at all to you to use HomeAdvisor, which is just flippin’ awesome in my book.
Once HomeAdvisor pulls up local pros in your area, you can look through the list and read reviews from customers who have used that pro, which I find very helpful. I was pleased to find my man Bruce was on the list, who had completed our door opening switcheroos to make the Circus a playroom.
I called him to come save my walls…and my sanity.
It took about a full day for him and his guy to skim-coat the entryway, hall bathroom and Grunt Labor’s office. The kitchen drywall had to be completely redone.
Skimcoating in the Office
They came back about two more times for a few hours each time to sand and re-coat with drywall mud as needed.
They did such a great job and had the walls ready for me to prime and paint in just a couple days….not that I got it done that soon or anything. We even ended up calling them back just last week to come and install drywall on the new master bedroom closet Grunt Labor built.
*Insert squeals and giggles here because I’m school-girl-excited about having a closet that can hold both mine and Grunt Labor’s clothes at the same time.*
HomeAdvisor has been such a huge help during this renovation. Was it not for them, I wouldn’t have found Bruce and let me tell ya, he is just awesome-sauce, ya’ll. So much better than another guy we were working with upon the suggestion of a friend. That’s another post though….
What are your DIY limits?
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