I’m delusional

So. Remember when I said that the dining room walls weren’t that bad? I do. Laugh at my folly.

Patching the screw holes and taping the seams in the new drywall was super easy. Whew. It sands so seamlessly.

Then came the scraping of the damaged plaster on the ceiling. And, you know, the hundreds of small holes and hairline cracks, and deep cracks between the new drywall wall and plaster ceiling/walls.

Water damage:

Water damaged plaster
Water damaged plaster

To repair that water damaged area, I mixed up some Durabond 90. I like the Durabond for applications like deep cracks, or the first layer of skim coat. It shrinks less, and chemically reacts, so it hardens faster in thicker applications. The downside of this, is it’s such a hassle to sand down. I wish that I would have been a little less hasty, and smoothed things out a little more. My arm will be paying for it later. I used screen mesh (which was recommended on the Old Town Home blog, and useful!). The issue was the area size. I was home alone, I couldn’t keep the mesh up and grab my joint knife/mud at the same time, it kept falling on my face/hair like a big wet mud blanket. Cutting it in half made it much more manageable. But, I was pissssssed by the time I was done with that. Also, sweaty and gross.

durabond 90 on ceiling
durabond 90 on ceiling
durabond 90 on ceiling
durabond 90 on ceiling
first skim coat with screen mesh and durabond 90 on water damaged ceiling
first skim coat with screen mesh and durabond 90 on water damaged ceiling

I then filled the larger cracks, and seams between the drywall and plaster walls with the durabond and tape. filled gaps between plaster and drywalls wet durabond 90 on ceiling drywall

Today, I spent about an hour (although it seemed like an eternity) filling in hairline cracks and screw holes with pre-mixed all purpose joint compound. Super gross and creepy, I found mystery hairs stuck to the ceiling? I don’t want to spend too much time contemplating how that happened.

I got another skim coat on the mesh on the ceiling. dried 2nd skim coat on screen mesh/ceiling

There are still some larger cracks on the ceiling that need tape and mud, but, that was just beyond me today.

Here’s where I’m at.wet joint compound

dried joint compound on ceiling
dried joint compound on ceiling

 

 

It looks better, right?! RIGHT?!

Excuse me while I go cry a million tears into my bucket of joint compound.

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