Guest Bedroom Wall? Constructed? F*%k Yeah.

November 6th, 2009

This is the BEFORE before image of the guest bedroom taken during the house inspection. So many, many – many moons ago…

Gotta love the aluminum foil window treatment.

Little did we know that the wall would soon look like this:

And stayed looking that way until last month. Almost two years. We’re lazy.

Long story short, we had to remove a lot of crumbling water destroyed plaster to discover a big crack and no lathe. Poop.

We sealed the crack with mortar repair and then primed and Drylok‘d the interior and exterior masonry. BTW – that stuff smells horrid and is nar-sty to paint with.

Then we used 1/2″ furring strips at 16″ on center (F*ck you Holmes on Holmes. TV shouldn’t be educational) to frame out the wall to hang new 1/4″ drywall. We only had about 5/8″ to 3/4″ of depth to work with the remaining plaster, window and electrical framing.

It was a tight squeeze, and we weren’t about to make a novice attempt of throwing an inch of plaster on the whole wall. We got a quote of $1500 to have the pros do it.

We attached drywall and mudded the holes and seams with joint compound to make the wall flush and paint ready. Smooth and straight (mmmm hmmmm, thats what I like).

Here is the whole wall in it’s “ready to be painted” glory. The Boy was so proud, and remember he did it all.

OK, another tease sneak peek because the room’s not all the way finished and I’m so over showing pictures of that horrible green color. I mean come on – yuck – that green is hideous.

*Previous Owners you are put on notice. Bad, BAD P.O.’s! Did you see that horrible hanging pendant light? (It’s in the top right corner) Again, naughty P.O. bad, bad choice. Those are for kitchens.

Everything is white! Surprise surprise.

But look, it’s a real finished wall in a real guest bedroom – not just a grubby junk room, aka The Boy’s exploded closet. That’s a big deal for The Brick House.

Wall construction Run Down:

Quote: $600 – $1500

Materials: $150
Labor: $0


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  1. Fat Cat on 11/06/2009:

    Wow, what a fantastic before & after ! You guys are really gifted.
    I am also amazed at how different builing techniques are in the US compared to Europe. I wonder what an anthropologist would make of this 😉 Personally, I had never even heard of drywall before I started reading your blog.
    Anyway, I can't wait for the big reveal. Pleeeeeease don't make us wait till after the weekend.

  2. jamie on 11/06/2009:

    you guys are miracle workers.

    and look at that natural colored canvas. i think i gotta get away from the red. even if it's not leather.

  3. Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog on 11/06/2009:

    You showed those professionals! Seriously, it looks amazing!

  4. megan on 11/06/2009:

    that looks amazing! congrats!

    the boy did a nice job…

  5. my little apartment on 11/06/2009:

    dudes! great job!!

  6. carrie on 11/06/2009:

    Ah replacing damaged plaster with drywall… That was our entire summer. Nicely done!!

  7. evelena on 11/06/2009:

    What is your white paint color?

  8. THE BRICK HOUSE on 11/06/2009:

    Behr Ultra Pure White – in a eggshell finish. We don't fuck around with color tints.

  9. Anonymous on 11/07/2009:

    …shold read as:
    Materials: $150
    Labor: priceless!

  10. Anonymous on 11/07/2009:

    Can you tell me why you choose eggshell vs. flat? How about your trim?


  11. THE BRICK HOUSE on 11/07/2009:

    flat is super hard to maintain. Matte gets filthy easily and eggshell is easier to wipe clean. i did the trim in the same color to keep it all seamless.

  12. Nick on 11/07/2009:

    I prefer scale, as everyone knows by now. Shale-colored scale, with a reverse-reverse chromatographic optional censor array.

    Also, oops. Ghost writers in this guy.

  13. My Farmhouse Kitchen on 11/07/2009:

    Perfect !

  14. Anonymous on 11/08/2009:

    Congratulations Miss Brick!!!

    Really impressive job. This sort of DIY work isn't as poetic as carpentry or something, but it's powerful stuff!

    Really nice choice to do the walls and the trim in the same color and eggshell finish. Classy and modern…

  15. Peggy on 11/08/2009:

    Wow! You guys are so awesome! The Boy did a fantastic job!!! I really need to borrow him and his father. The room looks gorgeous. I am disappointed, however, that I didn't get to see another picture of the boy bending over.

  16. Juli on 11/15/2009:

    I am jealous of your diy savvy.

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