Lucy mudding the wall.
Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet
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This week I was reminded how much of a family affair we have made this remodel into. It is true that we've gotten the bulk of the work done in the evenings when kids are in bed, but in this week we did a lot during their waking hours, and with them. While we can do a lot of things easier and faster without them, we want to kids to feel a part of the madness and learn how to work with us.
But before we got the kids working this week we let a sheet rock crew come in and do their thing. They accomplished what would have taken us many painful evenings of learning in just a few hours. They made our wall cutout look clean and ready, the ceiling complete and the walls not so Swiss cheese-like. But because we are doing as much of this remodel as we can safely and sanely do ourselves we elected to do the mudding, sanding and texture on our own. It started well enough.
Sanding down all the old texture on the walls.In Texas, and much of the west, textured walls are standard. While I love the simple plastered, smooth wall look, the rest of our house is textured, and so we decided to keep the look uniform and do the kitchen to match. I began by sanding the walls to wear down some of the existing texture. Because of all the patching and new sheet rock, we knew we needed to do the whole room to make it even. From there we were ready to mud.
Justin mixing the joint compound, getting ready to mud the wall.
There is a bit of learning curve to get it right, but I kind of enjoyed it. For the record, the ready mix stuff is so, so much easier than the dry mix (in case anyone out there is thinking of giving mudding a go). We even let the kids mud a few places on the wall. Then we sanded, and mudded, and sanded until the walls looked ready for texture.
The cat was fascinated with the hopper for texturing the wall.
Carter crowbarred like a pro, helping us pull out the old flooring in the dining area.
We also hired a few friends' teenager kids to help with the flooring demolition, and incentivized our own kiddos. We had such good help that we cleared out all 700 square feet of the old oak flooring in a few hours and then sold it on craigslist a few days later. It was a productive week.
Estimated time for project: 10 weeks
Time remaining: 5 weeks
(Images and diary text: Sandra Jergensen)