If you are thinking of changing the look of your living space, the most economical way is to change the color of your wall. A freshly painted wall can not only change the mood of the whole living space but also make it look airy, spacious and clean. Another way to make your living space pop is to add wallpapers, however, the drywall works as the base. If your wall is bumpy and uneven, this might ruin the overall look of the space altogether. You’ll end up with a wall that has uneven spots and your overall work will go to waste. This is the reason most interior designers start with wall paint and perfecting the foundation of the overall living space.
If you want to paint a wall or paste a wallpaper the first and most important step is to fill up the cracks and smooth out the bumps. Professional help in this matter can work wonders but in most cases, professional help is a little expensive. So, if you are on a budget, you might want to try doing it on your own. For a beginner, here are five simple ways to fix drywall cracks without any extra effort or professional tools.
Steps to Repair Cracked Drywall
Start with examining your wall and see what kind of cracks you have in your wall. There are different kinds of cracks and they range from deep cracks, nail cracks, corner bead cracks, and surface cracks. If you have any wallpaper on your sheetrock wall then you can start with the peeling of that.
For repairing cracks you need to have special equipment. You might need a dust mask to protect yourself, along with this you will also need Mud pan, Taping knife and Utility knife. For filling out and professional look you will also need Painter’s tape, Paper drywall tape, Pre-mixed joint compound as well as Setting type compound.
Start cutting to clean the crack, you don’t need to lose material hanging from the crack. This way you will be able to repair the crack properly and you will have a professional finishing.
Cover the surrounding of the crack with the tape, this means that you will not be able to trap any air bubble between the crack and the filling compound and this will give a smooth and professional look. Now you can start filling up the compound in the crack but make sure you scrape the excess without tearing the tape.
Now, wait for it to dry and then start applying the second and third layers again to keep sticking the sides to remove the excess compound from the wall. Once it’s done, start sanding the excess with the help of sandpaper. While sanding, just make sure you are not exposing the tape otherwise you will end up pealing the sides of the crack. Now, you can finish the cracks with a paint of your choice or if you are making it ready for pasting wallpaper, make sure there are no air bubbles trapped and the look is smooth.