Thursday, August 20, 2009

We Have New Walls!

We had a very productive day in the dining room yesterday, or at least, we think so!

We would love to be able to *snap* our fingers and have it all be done, but we're learning things as we go and, the way I look at it, it's never a bad thing to learn a new skill set.

Will has done all of this before, but for me, this is all new!

Yesterday afternoon we started putting up the sheet rock. I think it went pretty smoothly. Although, at one point Will said "I can definitely appreciate why people sub-contract out for drywall installation". It was a lot of work. And that was before we had even started mudding...

We let the boys color inside the walls before sealing them off...



They had fun with that!
Probably because they felt like they were getting to break the rules!


By about 4pm the sheet rock was done.

We maintained most of the arch for display, and french doors have been ordered to hang below...




The archway by the front door has been completely sealed off. I like it so much better! Once this project is complete it will look as if the house was built this way. That's the plan, anyway! I'm hoping to put a bench there with hooks that the kids can use when they arrive home from school...




The kids already love hanging out in their "new" room and are busting at the seams for it to be finished!



After we got the kids settled into bed we started in with the mud. And by "we", I mean Will. I had fully planned on helping, but he was doing such a great job that I figured I would just let him keep going on his own.
(Think the compliment will make up for me not helping him? I just didn't want to screw it all up!)



I cannot wait until the doors are installed (they don't arrive for another week) and I can show you my plans for the ledge...


We, I mean...Will, finished mudding the interior of the room before deciding to call it a night. This morning he finished mudding the exterior side of the wall by the front door, but had to stop because he ran out of mud, so he's at Lowe's right now picking up more.

I have no idea how long this part of the project will take - he said something about multiple coats of mud, but I'm hoping that maybe we can get to spraying on the texture after the kids are in bed.

We'll see.

Finger's crossed!





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14 comments:

Rebekah said...

It's looking good! When my parents built their house they did most of the work themselves and had many friends help out, as well. They invited each person who helped before the sheetrock was installed to sign the studs and write a blessing for the home, if they wished. I love secrets like that in a house. :)

L.Duncan said...

Can't wait to see what's coming next!!

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Melissa said...

You guys are amazingly motivated! I am so impressed...can't wait to see the finished room.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Still going strong!!! When we did drywall, it took a few days b/c of all the coats of mud and having to dry, sand, etc. It looks great already, and I love that you let them color. :)

Embellished Bayou said...

Looks like y'all are doing a great job so far, keep up the good work! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Lori E said...

Sand, sand, sand and sand some more or it will show in the final paint.
You couldn't pay me to mud drywall.
This is looking great. It is a real focal archway.

motherof3fellows said...

looking soooo good! :)

Girly Gatherings said...

Mudding, wait to dry, sanding. Mudding, wait to dry, more sanding. Mudding.... Good times! Try and look for a deal on the spray texture. That nearly killed me when we re-did our living room.

What a good idea! Love the arch...

Jenn said...

Looks fantastic! I can't wait to see pics of when it's done!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

Looking good! Now beware all the dust that will come next with all the sanding. New drywall is so exciting but oh so messy...

Can't wait to see the finished product!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

What progress! This is soooo much fun to watch! Janell

Daryl said...

What is spray texture and why is it used? Is it something in new home construction?

Crystal said...

Inspiring!

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http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html