Sunday, September 5, 2010
Hello Dear Readers!
I've decided to share with you what I've been doing this weekend.
Remember when I did THIS? Well, my lovely children thought it was a new toy! Something for them to hide behind, swing on and yank up and down a lot.
One day, I came out to find the curtain rod hanging at a very awkward angle. They had somehow managed to yank the rod, along with a bit of drywall, out of the wall. Big Sigh.
My husband chose this exact moment to walk in the door from work. Let's just say it was not a pleasant evening for my kiddos.
I decided to try and fix this myself. Hubby can do it, but he's so busy with work and whatnot, and I wanted to give it a try.
After browsing around online, watching countless how-to videos and having heavy discussions with the guys at Home Depot (who I LOVE), I commenced fixing the hole in the drywall.
First, I filled the hole with spackle. Let it dry and sanded it down.
Then I attached a steel/mesh drywall patch over the top of the hole. They come in all sizes, but I only needed the 4" x 4".
I did a nice layer of the spackle over the mesh. Let it dry, sanded it down and did another layer. Again, let it dry and then sanded it down.
Luckily, the previous owners left the paint they used and I was able to paint over the patch with a couple of coats. If you don't have touch-up paint, take a little chip (about the size of a quarter) and get a sample of your paint at Home Depot. It's amazing how well they can match your color.
I think the key to this project was research. Not just jumping in, but taking the time online and asking the experts. This is one thing I've learned from my husband....if you're going to do a job, do it well! Take the time to find the right answers. It will be worth it in the end, not having to do a project twice or see it fall apart.
Have a great weekend!