I Need a Finisher

We’ve determined that mudding drywall is not for the unskilled. I personally wouldn’t even try to finish drywall but we let Charlie give it a go in the closets to perfect his technique.

The conservatory closet is painted but the mid-wall junction between the sheets of drywall is not totally smooth.
The conservatory closet is painted but the mid-wall junction between the sheets of drywall is not totally smooth.

What we actually discovered is that he’s not fast (I mean months), he’s not good (bumps and dimples even after sanding), and he doesn’t like doing it (it hurts his neck).  Those are three good reasons to hire someone.

A 5-month project -- almost finished but not quite.
A 5-month project — almost finished but not quite.

The next issue, then, is finding someone who is fast, neat, and enjoys mudding. And doesn’t cost too much.

The conservatory bathroom was cluttered.
The conservatory bathroom was cluttered.
I moved all that junk into the newly painted closet.
I moved all that junk into the newly painted closet.

I have 3 perspective connections.  Mind you, that doesn’t mean I know 3 finishers, it means I know 3 people who know drywall finishers.

We'll be storing the conservatory furniture in the living room/dining room while the finishing is done.  Then, of course, we'll have to paint.
We’ll be storing the conservatory furniture in the living room/dining room while the finishing is done. Then, of course, we’ll have to paint.

Anyway, What’s left?

1. Conservatory bathroom

Install 3 pieces of cement board and finish all seams.
Install 3 pieces of cement board and finish all seams.

2. Conservatory

The entire conservatory needs to be finished -- walls and ceiling.
The entire conservatory needs to be finished — walls and ceiling.

3. Master bathroom

Master bathroom - install one piece of cement board and mud all drywall.
Master bathroom – install one piece of cement board and mud all drywall.

4. Master suite hallway

The hallway between the master bedroom and The closet and bathroom needs to be finished including the ceiling.
The hallway between the master bedroom and The closet and bathroom needs to be finished including the ceiling.

It seems unimaginable to me but a good finisher shouldn’t take more than a few days.

What job is unimaginable to you?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

3 thoughts on “I Need a Finisher”

  1. My uncle is a contractor, and this is the only job that he will not do himself in his own house. When I needed spackling done in my house, he immediately told me to hire it out. I wish you luck in your search, but I think that you will be much happier if you find someone else to finish.

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