We were on the hunt for a new place to live in early 2011 when we came across a quaint little house in a small Georgia town.
The schools were good, and since we have three children, that was a must for us.
There was a catch, though: The house had been repossessed by the bank, and we could tell immediately that the kitchen had at one time caught on fire and the smoke damage was evident throughout the home.
We debated whether to buy the house for quite a while, and finally settled on purchasing it. Even though there were some repairs to be done, we were sure that we could handle it.I grew up in a household with the philosophy that you make do with the skills and the items you have to work with. We sat down and assessed the amount of work that needed to be done.
The kitchen at one time had asbestos tiles, but they had been removed completely after the fire.
We were faced with putting up a brand-new ceiling -- something neither my partner nor I had ever done before -- and repairing the smoke-damaged walls throughout the rest of the home.
We priced the materials that we thought we might need to tackle the repairs in the kitchen. As we were pricing, we became more confident that we could make this work. Price list and steps are listed below for the project.
Supplies and costs for the ceiling replacement:
· Sheetrock ($89.70)
· Drywall tape ($32.94)
· Joint compound ($25.96)
· Sandpaper ($11.91)
· Drywall nails and screws ($3.92 for the nails and $21.97 for screws)
· Box cutter (we had one on hand)
· Caulk ($13.60)
· Drywall lift (rented for $150 during a weekend)
Total cost for supplies: $350 (before tax)
Steps we followed to replace the ceiling:
1. Removed leftover glue that was stuck to the old pine board of the ceiling. Using a box cutter and a spade, we chiseled away at the leftover remnants of the old ceiling.
2. Removed all old nails and screws that were sticking out from the old wood.
3. Sanded down spots in the wood that were old and jagged.
4. Removed any molding at the top of the ceiling and any nails or other things that might hinder the placement of the new drywall.
5. Placed the sheetrock on the lift and began to measure out the pieces and placements of each sheet. We measured twice and cut once. Then we lowered the lift and began the cutting of the measured pieces.
6. Placed the newly cut pieces back onto the lift and placed. To secure the drywall we nailed three to four nails to ensure that it would stay in place while we readied the next piece. We continued this step till the rest of our pieces were in place on the ceiling.
7. Once all of our pieces were in place, we went back and added more nails on the outer edges to further secure the drywall.
8. Taped all of the seams where our pieces met.
9. Readied our joint compound on our tray, placed a small amount on our joint knife, and spread evenly on the tape where the seams came together. We did this for every seam.
10. Allowed the mud to dry.
11. After the mud dried, we returned with a hand sander and our sandpaper to sand down all the rough edges. If the tape bled through, we added more mud and repeated the step.
12. Repeated steps 9-11 until every seam was smooth and sanded even with the drywall itself, and to cover the nail/screw heads.
13. Once it was even and smooth, we were ready to prime the drywall and paint as desired.
Next we needed to address the smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. We found out that the best thing for cleaning and prepping the walls was Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, water, and LA's Totally Awesome cleaner.
The walls, hallway, cabinets, floorboards and shelving throughout the home were covered in a dark smoky residue. After thorough cleaning, we dried the walls and applied Kilz primer to the areas that could not be completely cleaned.
After the primer was dry, we were then able to paint the walls and everything else as desired.
We spent $150 on the cleaning supplies, primer, and paint. So in total, we removed all evidence of smoke damage throughout the kitchen and home for $500.
- Home & Garden