Master bedroom mudding

I’m a few months late in posting this (but hey, what’s new) but I wanted to post this part of our master bedroom makeover before moving on to the more fun stuff we’ve been working on lately.

When we got our new windows installed (almost 2 years ago now), we had a lot of issues with this one window in our master bedroom. It was installed incorrectly before, so we had to tear out sections of the wall to install new supports for the new window.

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Leaving our wall looking like this.

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For nearly a year and half we lived it with that way and just tried to cover it up with our curtains. Why? Well, I wish we had a better excuse, but mostly laziness. That’s really the only explanation. Also, we HATE mudding and texturing.

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Finally, last fall we worked up the courage to tackle this project. First, Andrew mudded all the joints of the drywall patches.

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Then he did several coats of mud to level out areas that weren’t flush with the edge of the window frame. Mudding is tricky, but you can’t go wrong with thin coats and lots of sanding in between (doesn’t mean it’ll turn out perfectly either, but it’s your best bet.)

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Once we were pleased with the wall around the window and felt like it was flat enough, Andrew installed plastic corner bead on the sides and top of the frame.

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You can also buy this in metal, but the plastic is easier to cut and doesn’t dent like the metal.

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The next step was to do something about this window sill. The other sills in our house have routed edges and we wanted them all to match, so we had to get rid of this one, but the window was installed on top of it so we couldn’t remove the whole thing.

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Instead, Andrew cut off the front edge making it flush with the wall.

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Then he did at least 3 more coats of mudding above the window, over the corner bead, and on the inside of the window frame (focusing on thin coats and sanding really well in between).

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And then came the really fun part, texturing! Kidding. I hate it with a passion. It never looks quite like the rest of the wall that may or may not have even been textured to begin with, but now has like a million coats of paint and some weird not-quite-orange-peel texture that can never be mimicked. Yay.

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We always test the hopper first on a piece of scrap cardboard or drywall to make sure it’s as close in size to the rest of the texture as possible. Then we spray on a nice thick layer, let it dry, and sand to knock off peaks and more closely match the old texture.

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This is before sanding.

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And after sanding and several coats of primer.

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After painting, we still needed to install a new window sill and the trim. Luckily, we have a router bit that matches the rest of our window sills, and Andrew had already created this makeshift router table for another project.

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We routed 3 edges, sanded them…

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Notched the back, and screwed it into place. We filled the gaps with thick drywall mud and sanded it smooth.

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Then we primed and painted the sill, installed a miter-cut piece of trim beneath to cover the gap and the old sill (this is what we have on all the other windows, too) and installed the trim along the floor and caulked it all.

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And there you have it! All that work just to make it look like a boring old wall again. On the bright side, the sill and trim underneath looked crooked before and this gave us the opportunity to fix it. Also, the matching window sill is a nice bonus!

Shortly thereafter, we hung the curtains back up and reinstalled our blinds (that hadn’t been up in a year and a half!). We’ve have a few more little updates for our master bedroom and then I think I’m ready to call this room complete!

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