Ensure You Have All the Right Building Supplies, Including Drywall Tools

As with any major home improvement project, you will want to ensure you have all the right building supplies, including drywall tools. It is also a good idea to buy all the tools and supplies you will need right up front as to not interrupt your project once you get it started. As far as drywall tools are concerned, here is a list of what you will need.

Utility Knife

The first and most useful of the basic tools in drywall installation is the utility knife. It will cost a little extra getting a knife with an exchangeable blade, but well worth the money. While you are at it, you may as well also buy a few extra blades

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Tape Measure

Any type of tape measure is sufficient for a drywall project, but we recommend getting one that measures a minimum of 12 feet in length and has a wide blade.

Drywall Square

A drywall square is an essential tool in drywall installation. It is used to make straight cuts in the drywall and can also be used in measuring.

Mud Pan

A drywall mud pan is a simple tool used to hold drywall mud. It allows you to be mobile while mudding and taping.

Drywall Knives

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A drywall knife is a flat knife made from metal or plastic and is used for spreading mud across seams. There are a variety of drywall knives available and each serves a specific purpose. At a minimum, you will want a few drywall knives ranging from 6 inches to 12 inches. You will also want a corner knife as you will no doubt be working in corners.

Sanding Blocks

You will definitely need to get some sanding blocks for your drywall project. You can find sanding blocks in different grits depending on the finish you desire. You will also want to buy a sanding block made for corners.

Pole Sander

In order to reach the ceiling and other high locations, your job will be easier by utilizing a pole sander.

Dust Mask

A dust mask will protect you from all of the fine dust that is created during the drywall process.

You Have the Drywall Tools and Supplies So You Remodeled a Couple of Rooms in Your Home

You have the drywall tools, supplies and skills, so you went ahead and remodeled a couple of rooms in your home. The drywall looks great, now all you need is a little color, so you set out to get some paint to slap on the walls. But wait, choosing paint is not a simple task, in fact, if not done correctly, it could spell disaster. There are so many options when it comes to colors that is is quite easy to make a poor choice. Here are a few tips when you are ready to choose paint colors for your home.

Don’t Put The Paint Before The Room

It is a grave mistake to pick the color of paint for a room without all of the elements in place. If you pick a color before you consider window coverings, furniture etc., you can pin yourself into a corner as far as finding these types of items that will match. The best thing to do is have your room all planned out before deciding on a paint color, this way you won’t have to worry about finding lime green curtains to match your paint.

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Colors That Are Too Bright

If you pick a really bright red paint for a room, make sure the rest of your furnishings don’t take it over the top. If you are choosing a bright and bold color, your furniture and that lamp shouldn’t have a strong red coloring to them. A bright wall calls for lighter and neutral colors mixing in make it work.

Consider The House As A Whole

Even in a smaller home, transitioning color from one room to another can be a bit tricky. Your bright pink bathroom will not transition well to your orange bedroom.

Trending

If all of your friends are painting their rooms in the same color because it’s trending, you might want to choose something else. It is one thing to follow a trend, but when that trend is overused it becomes overexposed and boring.

Try Not To Become Too Emotional

If your favorite color is red and you decide that is what you want for your bedroom color. The problem is red doesn’t really go with the decor. You might like red, but don’t let your emotional attachment dictate the color of a room.

Put Away Your Drywall Tape and Other Drywall Tools and Read This

As aesthetically pleasing and easy to install as drywall is, some people don’t want their entire home done in it. This makes sense as there are certainly some very attractive alternatives that will compliment drywalled rooms. So put away your drywall tape and other drywall tools and read on.

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Brick

A brick wall will add a whole lot of character to a room in your home or your office. Brick also adds value to your property as it is both highly-coveted and unique.

Plaster

There are still some people who prefer the textured look of plaster and would prefer it in some of the rooms of their house. Thanks to improved technologies, plaster installation has become a little easier and drying times are quicker as well. If you want to give a room of your house a traditional country look, you might want to consider plaster walls.

Wood Paneling

wood-panelsYes, the cheesy panels your parents had in their home in the 1970s is making a comeback. Wood panels are easy to install and come with a great number of finishes. So if you want to go retro, wood paneling is for you. Bell bottom jeans and disco music are not included.

Tile

Tile comes in many shapes, styles and designs and is becoming increasingly popular in areas where mold is a concern. For example, tile can be a good choice for kitchens, bathrooms and even in sterile environments like laboratories, hospitals and in doctor’s offices.

As you can see, there are many ways in which you can compliment your rooms with materials other than drywall.


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