We’re replacing the old square shaped light fixtures that were here when we bought the house as part of our renovation. The old fixtures were really outdated looking, and used U-shaped florescent bulbs which cast a dingy light that we didn’t care much for.
Removing the old fixtures left us with a large square cutout in the ceiling that had to be filled. The only way to fill such a large gap is with a piece of drywall cut to the size of the opening. Since we’d never done this kind of work before, we had to do some research and learn more about the materials and techniques that we needed to accomplish our task. We bought a couple of small drywall boards at HD, along with drywall compound (often referred to as “mud”), a taping knife, and a set of plastic drywall spatulas in different sizes. Finally, we opted for drywall tape instead of the stick on mesh. After watching some videos with differing opinions on the subject, we decided that tape was the better choice for us.
We had to fill 2 holes – the kitchen had 2 square fixtures. This post shows the progress of filling the 2nd hole. We learned from our mistakes of working on the first, and definitely made a better fill on the 2nd. Not that the first was terrible, it wasn’t, but practice makes perfect, and that’s what you’ll be seeing here.
If I had to name one thing that is really important to keep in mind when doing drywalling, it’s patience. Good drywalling takes a lot of patience. Getting a good finish requires many layers, which have to dry before the next can be applied. This really is essential to achieve beautiful results that you can be proud of.
Without further ado, here’s the pics of our ceiling, from outdated to modern:
We had to move the position of the lamp due to wire length constraints. That can be seen in the pics.
As you can see, the final results are well worth the effort that updating took!
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