The Studio Drywall Is Performed! (Plus, My Self-Psychoanalysis)

Y’all, I made it over an enormous hurdle this weekend. After convincing myself that I wasn’t able to doing the drywall within the studio myself (you possibly can learn extra about that right here), after which having no success find another person to do the drywall for me, I jumped proper in and did it myself. I had deliberate to begin on Friday, however then Matt had a horrible day, so I ended up not with the ability to begin on it till Saturday afternoon.

Right here’s what I used to be working with. I had already moved the entire retailers (I clarify right here why this was mandatory) and crammed within the foam that needed to be eliminated with canned spray foam. In order of Saturday, I needed to reduce away the surplus foam, set up the drywall, after which tape, mud, and sand the joints.

I’m absolutely the slowest at putting in drywall. It took me an embarrassingly very long time simply to put in the 5 sheets of drywall on two partitions. However I don’t even care, as a result of by the point I went to mattress on Saturday evening, the entire drywall was put in.

That was an enormous hurdle for me. After convincing myself that I wasn’t able to doing it, it felt superb to finish the day with the drywall completed, and completed fairly nicely.

No, I’m not practically nearly as good as knowledgeable who installs drywall on daily basis, however it regarded fairly darn good, and the retailers didn’t appear to be a whole mess. So I used to be fairly happy with the work.

After which yesterday night, I used to be capable of get the taping and mudding completed earlier than I went to mattress. I’m not good at mudding in any respect. I’ve seen professionals who put the mud on so easily that they barely must do any sanding in any respect. However I’m not that individual. 😀

I mud drywall a lot in the identical method that I take advantage of wooden filler. I pile it excessive so as to have the ability to sand it actually easy. And my drywall mud requires a ton of sanding. Most of my joints look fairly good…

These joints on the lengthy mural wall turned out fairly good, even earlier than they’re sanded.

They do nonetheless want fairly a little bit of sanding, although.

However the ones to the left and proper of the window within the “workplace” space of the room are simply ridiculous. 😀 I couldn’t get these easy to avoid wasting my life, so I simply used my “pile it on” technique. I used to be relieved to go on this morning and see that there have been no cracks, so now it may be sanded easily.

I spent a couple of minutes sanding the world on the opposite aspect of the window, which began out regarded simply as tough as the image above, to make sure I might get it easy. It seems prefer it’ll work out simply fantastic.

So I’ve fairly a little bit of sanding to do, however that goes fairly quick. I truly love sanding drywall mud. I discover it to be a soothing course of because it sands so simply.

As soon as it’s sanded, I’ll want to offer it a coat of primer. After which, barring any unexpected circumstances, I’m fairly certain I can get the brand new wallpaper mural up as we speak!! I’m so excited!

This complete drywall challenge actually did go very easily, and whereas it wasn’t precisely a enjoyable challenge, it wasn’t horrible. I imply, it was a scorching, humid day, and I dragged the sheets of drywall out of the van immediately onto the ground of the carport to chop each earlier than bringing it inside. However in hindsight, it was a lot simpler than what I had constructed it as much as be in my head. The dread main as much as the challenge was a lot worse than the challenge itself.

As I used to be working, I did an entire lot of self-psychoanalysis. (Simply placing my psychology diploma to good use. 😀 ) In all seriousness, I needed to know why, over the previous couple of months, I went from being fearless and daring to self-doubting and fearful. There needed to be an evidence for it. Adjustments like that don’t occur for no purpose.

Nicely, I believe I figured it out. Originally of this 12 months, I used to be engaged on one thing, and I pulled a muscle on the fitting aspect of my again. It wasn’t horrible. On a scale of 1 to 10, the ache was most likely a couple of 5. And whereas that’s tolerable, it undoubtedly affected me when attempting to do the issues I have to do to take care of Matt.

Matt is 6’1″ tall and weighs 219 kilos. I don’t ever have to choose him up. I imply, I couldn’t even when I needed to. I’m not that sturdy, so we now have a Hoyer carry that I take advantage of to get him from mattress to his wheelchair, or from mattress to his recliner. However there are nonetheless different issues I’ve to do for him that require a substantial amount of energy, like transfer him over on the mattress or get him dressed. So if I’m injured, I’ve a tough time doing these issues.

I’ve by no means been injured to the purpose the place I can’t do the issues I completely have to do for him. However I’ve been injured to the purpose the place Matt has to spend far more time in mattress than he ought to. Bear in mind years in the past after I had that pinched nerve in my neck and again (across the time I used to be stenciling the music room partitions)? That was a depressing time for each of us.

So after I pulled my the muscle in my again in the beginning of this 12 months, whereas it wasn’t horrible, it undoubtedly affected me and the issues I might do. I took it simple for a few weeks till it felt again to regular, after which it occurred once more. And whereas it nonetheless wasn’t horrible, I believe one thing about having that occur twice in such a brief time frame triggered a worry in me.

I imply, if one thing have been to occur to me, and I couldn’t maintain Matt, he wouldn’t be capable to keep in our house. He must go someplace the place he might obtain the full-time care that he wants. So after I pulled that muscle a second time, it triggered that “what would occur to Matt?” worry in me, and made me need to cease doing any of the issues that might result in me being injured — carrying heavy issues, doing initiatives which may injure me, and even climbing on ladders.

You discover that I went from wanting to color the studio to being okay with the present shade? That’s as a result of portray the room with the 12-foot ceiling would necessitate me climbing on a excessive ladder, and I had all of a sudden change into terrified of climbing on a ladder. What if I fell? What would occur to Matt?

So I’m fairly satisfied that that’s the place all of this got here from. That’s what induced this sudden self-doubt and fearfulness. I’ve by no means been afraid of injuring myself earlier than, and in 30+ years of DIYing, I’ve by no means had a critical harm. However I let that worry creep in, and it modified me. So I’m going to do my perfect to take management of that worry and proceed to be the safety-conscious however fearless DIYer I’ve been all of my grownup life. As a result of my worrying and residing in worry received’t make me safer. If something, it might make me extra vulnerable to accidents.