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Framing The Mudroom

framing a wall and room
Hello there! 

I'm back here today with the framing and drywall install in the mudroom, I didn't want to leave you hanging there until next week.

I am going to give you a recount of what was done, as I told you in previous posts, all this type of work is new to me, I was present for most of it, but in reality, I was just a little helper.

This is the final picture of the work done last week.

You can read more on how to build the platform right HERE.

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how to build a platform in the garage entrance


The framing started with the install of 2 x 4's or bottom plates right there where the walls were going to be built. The power tool that rocked this entire framing job was this DeWalt Cordless framing nailer with its corresponding framing nails. No need for extension cords or compressors, this nailer has all the power you need for this application!
how to frame a room in the garage
DeWalt 21-Degree Framing Nailer |
A level, a miter saw to make the simple cuts on the 2 x 4's, and a ladder are the other tools you'll need.
The top plate and some studs were installed next.
framing a room in the garage

garage room framed
 Cripple studs were installed above and below the window and the door was also framed.
 At this point, the electrical job was done.
 A light fixture in the middle of the room and two outlets.
Horizontal 2 x 4's in between the vertical studs, or nogging, were also installed. They strengthen the entire structure.
Once the framing was done, it was time to install the window. Yep. I only used one window because wall space is important in a garage and mudroom. It equals storage. ;)

That window was heavy, well, for only two of us. I had to call the boys inside the house to give us a helping hand.
 This is how it looked from the inside. ❤️
view from inside room - window look


Yup. Drywall was next. For this small room, we used nine sheets of 1/2" ultralight drywall. Six of them were  4 x 8, the other three were 4 x 10.

We covered that space below the platform because I didn't want to see it unfinished and because I don't have a plan, just yet, for that storage area.
Once all those drywall panels were installed, this is how the room looked:
And look at the inside. I'm loving it! 😍😍


The next step was to make those walls look good, smooth. Something I'm really bad at, and that's why I gave it to a pro.

He used metal corner bead, joint tape, self-adhesive mesh drywall tape, mud pan, and this and this joint knife.
The main ingredient for this job is: Joint compound!
The Easy Sand comes in different working time strengths. The one he used was 20 which means it dries in about 20 minutes. You can find it in 5, 30, 60, etc. He used the All-Purpose joint compound at the end to fine-tune some of the seams.

And well, here is how it looked at this point:

Did you notice we got rid of the old staircase? Haha yeah, looking much better, isn't it.
The staircase is precisely the main topic for my next post.

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Here are all the projects that were tackled during this mudroom build:

The mudroom plan

DIY - Garage platform

How to frame a mudroom in the garage

How to build an indoor staircase

How to install slate tile

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  1. Oh my word, this is amazing. You've done such an amazing job.

    1. Aww thanks Marty! I'm so very excited about this project!

  2. Fascinating! What an incredible transformation! You are so inspiring! Keep those posts coming--I'm taking notes!

    1. By the way, this is the most original project I have seen any DIY-er do! How do you even think of these things? Total fan....

    2. Thank you so much for your sweet note! Many times I hesitate on posting only pictures without giving plenty of details about a project, which was the case for this post. But then, I remember the saying..."A picture is worth a thousand words" - exactly how I feel when I'm contemplating doing something and the only reference I have is a picture. For me, they work even better than words. :D

  3. This has been fascinating to watch! Love your blog and can't wait to see you finish it! You're so inspiring!!

  4. wow, awesome building skills! probably easier than your bathroom remodel, but great impact!
    totally looking forward to the progress!

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