Finishing Your Living Room Walls
There are few home remodeling projects that are as exciting
as re-doing the walls in your living room. After all, this
is the room where the family, as a unit, will spend the most
time; it's also the place where you'll entertain most of your
guests. And more than anything other than the furniture, the
walls are what will define this room's personality.
For the sake of this article, let's say you've already made
the commitment to re-do the walls, and you've got the drywall
up. Now it's time for the finishing.
it is indeed drywall you're dealing with, you've probably
hired professionals. At this stage, you'll watch as
they cut and then fit the drywall sheets, and then screw
or nail them in place. They'll probably tape the sheets
and then mud all the joints. Experienced pros will
get this part of the job done in a matter of a few days.
The mud takes the longest at this stage of the project,
since it requires a few days to dry. After the hired
professionals put on the first mud coat, and then it dries,
they will sand and tape it. Then they'll apply another
coat of the mud, and then allow another few days for it
to dry. After all this, they will sand the drywall
to make sure all areas are smooth.
drywall, if you hire professionals to hang it in your home,
you will see them cut and fit sheets of drywall, nail and/or
screw the sheets into place, tape them, and finally mud
the joints. While doing this alone or with a friend may
take sometime, a professional crew can make huge accomplishments
in a matter of days. The one aspect of hanging drywall that
takes the longest is the mud because it takes about three
to four days to dry. Once the first coat of mud goes and
then dries completely, it is then sanded and taped. From
that point, the next coat of mud goes on, again taking three
to four days for thorough drying. Finally, the drywall may
be sanded in some places to smooth it out, the dust is cleaned,
and that portion of the project is done.
finishing that you might use for your walls is plastic veneer.
Although this is quite a bit different from drywall, it's
fairly cheap and doesn't require any more work than what
a drywall does. What's more, it tends to resist scrapes
and dents better. Here's how this process will go
if you hire professionals to apply the plastic veneer to
the walls. First, to all gypsum panel-joints, they'll apply
corner beads & fiberglass mesh tape. Then they'll
spread a base of plaster on all the walls and ceilings.
It will take about 24 hours for the the coat to dry. Then
they'll apply a second coat, and wait for it to dry; and
then finally, they'll apply a third coat.
it's time for priming and for coating. Regardless
of the plaster that's used, it must be smooth and prepared
for finish. Use only a quality primer. This will seal the
walls so they hold up against dents and scrapes. Before
you apply the primer, though, don't forget to take off the
baseboards. After the dust has settled, put tape over wood
on the door-jams, windowsills, doors, and other areas you
don't want the primer to accidentally get on. Now you will
put the first coat of the primer on the walls and then wait
for it to dry. Then you may apply a second coat if you wish.
after your primer has completely dried should you start
painting. This will probably require two or three coats,
as you paint and try to cover the walls evenly. Finally,
at the end of the process, add some stain to the baseboards,
let it dry and you'll have your brand new beautiful