Monday, November 30, 2015

AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT

omg, LOOK!


There's light! If you recall, there was two old school "can" lights in the basement (with a nice orange filter on it to make the base feel extra cave-y). Instead of ONE on either end of the room, I wanted TWO to up the wattage in the space.


3 lamps in one room to help mask to cave-ness of the space...


It was super quick and easy to install and I did it in like 5 minutes. JK LOL - that's how long it took to write the check. YOU SEE - yeah I COULD have learned how to disconnect the old fixture, magically split the wires to code and install two perfectly spaced cans where there once was one. I COULD have. But I didn't. Instead, I called my go-to electrician who snuck over whilst I was out of town to TCOB.


What a NOVEL idea, things getting done while i'm out of town. BUT, that's the ONLY thing I will be hiring out (aside from installing the carpet, because LOL NO.). The rest of it is up to me and my bad self. So first things first - THAT HOLE.

That's where the old fixture was, thankfully the hole was built out already on either side so I had something to screw the drywall into. If that wasn't there, i'd just have to build out the joist space with some scrap wood, NBD.

Then I went to HD and grabbed a small piece of drywall. Cutting drywall is SUPER simple. Measure the hole, use a straight edge and score with a utility knife a few times. Then donkey kick the backside of the score line.



Then scour the backside and it'll rip right apart! Remember to use drywall screws when attaching it, and sink them into the drywall so they don't sneak above the top.


NEXT, it's time to tape the edges. and SPACKLE.



The tape gives the spackling paste some structure. Simply cut strips of the tape and align them on top of any gaps or screw heads. Then put a THIN coat of spackling paste on. I like to use a big (8"+) drywall knife, it allows for fewer lines showing after. Light, thin coats are best here. Some people glib it on, then it's IMPOSSIBLE to sand it and make it perfect. I put a thin coat on, waited for it to dry, and then added another. Sanding in between to ensure the patch blends in well with the surrounding area.


NOW, it doesn't look perfect, the entire ceiling needs to be painted still - duh. BUT! Lights! Woo!

Next up - prepping the walls for PAINT!



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