My dear friend asked me if I was suffering from pregnancy nesting syndrome and I said, ‘No, no’. Later that night, as I fiddled with the hole in my wall, I realised I was, big time. You see with the new baby arriving, I decided we needed to reshuffle everybody’s bedroom. Part of this meant I simply MUST fill the annoying blocked off doorway in the middle of Heckle’s new bedroom wall. The fact that it’s against all advice and I didn’t really have time didn’t register. The door was blocked off before I can remember. In fact, my old bunk bed when I was a kid sat next to it. I don’t remember being traumatised about sleeping next to an old door cavity, but those hormones spoke and I obeyed by filling in the hole.
To do the job, I basically followed the steps outlined in this post on patching holes in drywall and plasterboard. Given the large size of the ‘hole’, I also had to build a timber frame to fit inside the hole to mount the plasterboard on, but you wouldn’t need to do this for a normal size hole.
In this photo, we’re taking the measurements of the door for the size of the timber frame, after I ripped off the architraves and you can see where I have started to chip a straight-ish edge into the white render on the far right.
The quick run down is:
1. Chipped into the render around the hole to make a straight edge to make it easier to fit the drywall/plasterboard in.
2. Using huge screws, I attached my timber frame to the old door.
3. With a utility knife, I cut the plasterboard/drywall to size.
4. Attached the plasterboard to the timber frame with screws tight, making sure the top of the screw sits below the plasterboard surface, so the finished surface will be flat.
5. With a plaster spatula, I applied a jointing paste/cement all the way around the edges.
6. Before the jointing cement dried, I stuck wallboard tape along the seam.
7. Quickly, slapped another coat of jointing cement over the tape to stop the tape lifting up at the edges and covered the screw heads too.
8. Waited – oh, so patiently – for two whole days for it to dry completely.
9. Did a light hand sand.
10. Applied another coat of the jointing cement plaster.
12. Waited 12 hours for it to dry.
13. Repeated steps 9-13 until it was as smooth as a baby’s bum. Now, we’re ready to paint. Phew!
Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine