Fix-It Friday: Drywall Progress

Fix-It Friday is an occasional series that details the projects I’ve done around the house. Check out some past posts here and here.

We’ve finally moved on to the drywall phase of our upstairs bedroom renovation project — aka Operation Knotty Pine — and it’s been a long time coming, five months after we first gutted the room down to the framing. We learned a lot along the way, but more importantly, we learned that we really should leave the next room to the professionals — who can do it much more quickly and accurately.

Here’s a picture showing some of the drywall we’ve managed to put up. We had to use a lot of nailers because the room’s original framework left much to be desired — “16-on-center” doesn’t seem to have been in the original builders’ vocabulary.

We will be hiring a taper to cover up our extra cuts. Then, it will be painting and doing the trim before we have wall-to-wall carpeting installed. Whew.

I had no idea it would be so much work — and there’s still the opposite bedroom (currently the one we’ve set up camp in), the bathroom in the middle of the two rooms, and the hallway to do.

Also, I’m currently having a crisis where I can’t decide if we should upgrade our living room furniture or get new kitchen countertops. In the meantime, I’ll be paying off our credit card next week, leaving just a few hundred on the card we’d previously paid off back in February. It had a balance because we’ve booked a vacation for June to Las Vegas — a vacation that cannot come soon enough, as I’m beyond burned out lately.

Anyone else have a home improvement project that seems like it will never end? Did you wind up going with professionals in the future?

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