Friday, September 6, 2013

Labor Day Weekend

Sorry to just now be catching up from last weekend.  I thought it would be fun to deviate a bit from our regularly scheduled program and dream about travel for a minute.  We did in fact make the most of our three day weekend though, and by "the most", I mean the most amount of mess possible...

As I am the designated "Project Manager" of this bathroom remodel, my hope for our three free days was to get all drywall sanding done, spray texture up and everything primed.  This is because I knew we would have to hang tons of plastic sheeting and would create serious drywall dust in the process.  The long weekend gave me the opportunity to get the messy projects done and have some extra time to clean up the house afterward (because no matter how much sheeting you hang, drywall dust somehow gets everywhere).

Saturday morning our bathroom quickly transformed into this:


And I very shortly after turned into a drywall dust monster.


After hours of sanding, re-mudding and sanding some more, we were ready to spray texture.  Note that we feather our the boarders of all of our mudding.  The last thing you want is to get everything textured and painted and notice that you can see drywall tape lines.


That skylight was a bear to sand.  Not only was it about 100 degrees up in there, but sanding with your arm over you head just isn't fun.  Luckily, it isn't a big skylight and we took turns.


The next step from here was spray texture.




















We used the texture that you have to mix yourself (the pre-mixed stuff is great, but gets expensive for large projects) and mixed until all lumps were gone and the consistency looked like loose pudding.  We also did test sprays onto scrap drywall to (a) try to match the texture to what we already had going on in the bathroom, and (b) make sure the texture consistency was right and not runny.  This usually involves trying out different spray nozzle sizes as well as adjusting the pressure on the air compressor.

With our texture dialed in, it was time to start spraying the bathroom.


Spray texture is water soluble, so while we did sheet off parts of the room that we didn't want sprayed, we were able to wipe up any overspray that we may have had (the skylight accidentally got sprayed in spots, but it cleaned right off).  With everything evenly sprayed, we walked away from the bathroom for the day and gave the room 12 hours to dry.

The next morning, I got to work priming.  There are varying opinions on priming.  Some people prime drywall prior to spray texture.  I wait until after though because you definitely need to prime texture.  Otherwise, it will soak up all of your paint.  For the bathroom, I chose a moisture blocking primer- Kilz Premium.


It's a bit more expensive than standard primer, but completely worth the money in a room like a kitchen or bath.


Look at that nice white ceiling!  So much better than this:


Having to replace this entire ceiling and repair all the drywall was quite the project set back, but completely worth it in the long run. 

We also spent the weekend working on baseboard and crown molding install, but I will cover that in another post.  Crown molding can be awful to calculate and cut correctly, but we have found the key to making it bearable.

And, lest you think that we had no fun on our Labor Day weekend, we did celebrate our one year anniversary with dinner on Saturday night at The Flagstaff House- delicious, Eric got a new car and we ate our weight in BBQ and peach pie on Monday with friends.  No rest for the weary, right?  

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