I do NOT enjoy mudding drywall. I think its because I have to be careful (I’m usually not good with patience-required tasks like that), and there is no gratification afterward. No pretty new wall, just a mudded joint. But, it has to be done!
This was actually my first attempt, but a friend helped me get started and I got some tips from my SIL that I’d like to share with you.
Please note: We have texture walls, so it doesn’t have to be purrrfect :) Please be even more precise than me if you don’t!
Joint Compound (we used pre-mixed all purpose joint compound from Hamilton Drywall Products)
100 grit sand paper
The basic steps:
- Fill the gap between drywall boards and spread a little mud around the gap(to give the tape a place to stick)
- Place the drywall tape over the gap and press it into the mud using a putty knife
- Spread a thin layer of mud over the tape
- Smooth it out using the drywall knives
- Let dry
- Sand any parts that aren’t smooth
- Repeat steps 3-6, with a slightly wider layer each time. Three coats of mud worked for us!
- On the last layer of mud, I recommend using a sponge instead of sanding. It takes off less mud and will leave a nice, smooth surface.
Since This Old House provides a wonderful step-by-step guide, I’m just going to give you some of my tips that made drywall mudding a little easier for a newbie.
1. It’s totally worth it to invest in a long drywall knife. Its so much easier to make one sweep over the entire wall, rather than try to make it smooth with a couple separate strokes. In fact, its worthwhile to invest tin a range of drywall knives. We used a 3-incher to fill in the gaps between the drywall pieces, a 6-inch knife to smooth it out, and then the 14 inch one to apply and smooth out the 2nd and 3rd layers.
2. If the tape looks bubbly after your first try, pull it off and start over. I didn’t put enough joint compound on the wall around the gap at first, so the tape didn’t stick very well. I tried to fix it but just made a mess. Its much better to just start over!
6. After your last layer, use a sponge rather than sanding. For me, using a slightly wet sponge rather than sanding took off less mud (don’t press too hard!) and allowed me to make a really smooth surface without taking off too much.
7. When you ask your husband, “Does this look smooth?”, remind him not to touch the wet mud :)
We’re back in the remodel game and made a ton of progress over the weekend.
Can’t wait to show you! Here’s a sneak peak…
What did you do this weekend?
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