DRDO: Spackle and Shine!

Earlier this week I was away for work and said to myself, write this post at the airport.

As you can tell, it didn’t happen  . . . instead I read a trashy romance novel.  What can I say, I have my priorities.

So now that I am back, let’s pick up where I left off– with very bare, dewallpapered walls.  We loved those dewallpapered walls because they offered us a chance to transform the room and boy, did we transform it.  But before this magical transformation happened we had to deal with some funky walls.

Funky?  Yes, funky.  You see there were still little bits of wallpaper and uneven spots from where the paint/coating/whatever peeled off the drywall, and there were just other issues to spackle and sand.

First things first, we picked up 3M sanding blocks at 80 and 100 grit.  These blocks made the task of sanding down the wall incredibly easy.  Greg hates using sandpaper paper for large projects and this was a lifesaver for him.  Sure it costs three times as much but it made the project easy.

The sanding block looks like a sponge but not as soft.  We sanded all of the walls and then Greg began spackling them.  We spackle, and spackled and spackled some more.  Where the drywall paint peeled up (see arrows), we spackled.

Where things looked funky, we spackled.

Where we hated something the former owners did, we spackled.

And then we sanded.  We sanded everything down one more time to make it pretty.

Just look at Greg’s back– we were covered in dust.

I bet you’re thinking– next step is painting the walls.

Ok, maybe that’s what I thought before going my google research.

But you have two more steps.  All over seen by our project manager.

Step One– wash the walls.  You have to wash the walls to get all the grit and wallpaper glue off the walls.  I recommend a big bucket of nice clean water, a sponge, and a step stool.  It takes a few minutes to wash the walls but it all the difference when you paint.

Step Two (a)- tape the walls because you need to sort of paint the walls.

Step Two (b)-paint the walls with a stainblocker/primer.  We used Kilz oil-based primer.

You use this stain blocker to prevent any leftover wallpaper glue from seeping through and altering the color of the wall paint you choose.  It went on very thick but we learned if you use an oil-based primer, you can add a bit of paint thinner to make applying it to the walls easier.

If only we learned this before applying.


Next up– wall color!


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