Mudding in the Ceiling of the Bay

Here's about two hours of my life:

Before:
Unmudded bay ceiling

After:
After mudding

For reasons unknown to me, working in the bay always seems to take longer and be more exhausting than the entire rest of the room. And I was pretty tired after all the work I did yesterday.

Two ceiling edges still to go, and then I sand and do the top coat (then I sand some more, fill in some more cracks, sand some more, curse at the walls, and eventually just give up and call it done). I'm going to try thinning the mud for the top coat, just to be able to get better flow into the cracks and bits.

If I can get a couple of good hours of work in every day this week, and manage to choose a paint colour that pleases me, we'll paint on the weekend. Only off by a week, but as I always say, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

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posted by ayse on 03/16/09

3 Comments

Actually, it's not surprising to me that the bay takes longer & is more tiring to do- working overhead, in a confined space, on odd angles, just has to be more work than being out in the open in an average-size room. I'm impressed that you were able to make the ceiling part of it with one single piece of drywall- that by itself had to be tricky, let alone mudding up the corners. Good work!

Ah, yes, cutting out that piece of drywall for the ceiling was definitely a challenge. Noel did it himself one afternoon, and it involved about twenty times up and down the ladder test fitting. It seemed like a relatively easy piece to lay out until you realize that the bay is not quite squared, so those angles that look like 90-degree angles really aren't, and suddenly one side has a big gap while the other side is binding. Much more impressive than my mudding work.

ugg... mudding! the bain of my existance...

looks like you're doing good work, go you!

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