Patching and Sanding Walls – It’s an Art – part 4

November 26, 2010

This is part 4 of my continuing story of the renovation of one room of a Craftsman bungalow. This poor room has been neglected for far too long. And previous owners haven’t taken much better care. Plus, they used the weirdest colors imaginable.

I have spent several days (off and on due to other work, waiting for drywall mud to dry and resting sore and tired muscles). One wall had wallpaper to be stripped off. After stripping the paper off half of the wall, I switched my plan and only stripped the loose edges of the remaining wallpaper. Then I patched those edges, as well as patching the imperfections on the plaster that was revealed after removing the wallpaper. Plus, there were gouges from all that scraping  left in the wall – those gouges had to be spackled and smoothed out, too.

Applying the drywall mud to smooth out the walls is physically easy. I’d like to think that the way I do it is artistic. Sanding the patched places is much more difficult and tiring. Fortunately 3 out of 4 walls did not need as much work. The other good thing I can report is that all this physical work made it possible to eat extra chocolate and not gain a pound!




room renovation wall repair

This was the worst wall!

My hand sanding tools for drywall mud:




Hand sanding tools.





Hand sanding tools

The wooden-handled sanding device uses these screens to sand the drywall mud – the screens work better than sandpaper because the dust fills up the sandpaper and then you would have to change the paper too often.

The reason I consider patching as a sort of craft is the way I  applied the drywall mud very carefully and tried to make the edges as smooth as possible (feathering the edges to be flat against the plaster walls). Then, after sanding those edges to blend them even more with the wall’s surface and removing any other slightly uneven areas will make the patch work almost undetectable after the walls get primed and painted. Another tedious job will be working on the wood trim and the windows. The windows have a couple of colors of paint (the darker paint is from where wooden blinds used to be attached). I sanded the trim first (with one of my favorite tools – an electric palm grip finishing sander). After sanding, I used spacking paste on the window trim.




Spackling the wooden trim on the windows.

I only tolerate doing the things I don’t enjoy (such as sanding the walls) in order to get to the parts of this process I will enjoy – priming and painting. The other thing I enjoyed about doing physical work is giving myself a reward for my hard work – such as ordering take-out pizza and salad – some of my favorites!

Priming will be happening soon and will be covered in Part 5.

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2 Responses to “ Patching and Sanding Walls – It’s an Art – part 4 ”

  1. Antione Kafer on November 27, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for this wonderful article! It has been very insightful. I wish that you will continue sharing your wisdom with us.

  2. Zora Galapon on December 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Nice article,thank you for sharing this!