Lil' Boy Blue

So yesterday we stalled on the remodel...sigh hate that. You get to a certain point and think that is enough, I need a break. We hit it major yesterday. The bad part is usually that break goes from a few days to a few months. Today the hubs has to work and I need his assistance for the stairs, so I will be trying to motivate myself by working on our son's room.

What his room looks like now...

PicMonkey Collage Anyway you could say I stalled on the drywall phase... I loath drywall, especially mudding. Two tips for you about drywall and mudding. First, hire it out - at least the mudding if you can. Second, if you cannot afford to pay someone to do it, take a cake decorating class. Smearing that mud on the wall helps when you know how to smooth frosting on a cake. That is unless your walls are wonky and have this problem, then it is a either patience/work or a professional. A tip in this situation is build the deeper side first, then tackle the whole seem. It helps.

2014-02-06 09.37.28Notice that the one side is darker than the other? The white side is dry joint compound, the darker side is still wet. The wet side is recessed about 1/2". Yuck!!! Not much the hubby and I could do about it. I would also like to point out I am out of practice and have rippling. With mudding, the smoother you put the mud on the nicer it comes off. {Another tip when DIY-ing drywall/mud, if you have a a seam that has a crack in it and you are worried about it cracking in the future or a inside edge you are having issues with use painter's caulk. On the cracks apply the painter's caulk before taping/mudding and on the inside edges after you have sanded. I love using painters caulk on the inside edges, it makes the paint go on smooth!

Hopefully I will be all finished mudding by this weekend and started painting...the dark blue wall will be interesting to paint over!

Lesson Learned: Mudding is all well and good unless you got fluctuations at the wall seems.

Update: Sanding joint compound...I have dry and wet sanded. Dry sanding gets it done faster, no drying time but is messier. Wet sanding is MUCH cleaner and somewhat evens out/blends the joint compound smooth but there is a drying time. I am not sure which I prefer. One note on dry sanding that joint compound is EXTREMELY drying!