A little while ago, the company I work for restructured some internal office space to make room for a couple new initiatives they were taking on. This meant I got to go from a “cube” to a “corner” – the main difference being that I moved from a wall to a window (wooh!) and went from having a drawer to having two whole filing cabinets! Ahh, the joys of office space. But (and this is a really big BUT) my new space had never really been put to use in the past and had me facing this random, ugly, unfinished wall.
No, I swear this isn’t some sort of punishment. I’m not being demoted (as far as I’m aware) and really, the move to a bigger space was totally welcome. But after a few jokes that I should drill a hole in the window and start taking admission tickets, someone suggested putting up some drywall. I decided to tackle the project, and ended up learning a lot in the process.
Sharp utility blade
“This line seems straight” is a declaration that prefaces many of the most well-intentioned construction disasters. Do yourself a favor and measure. And then use a straight-edge to stay within those measurements. Trust me, you cannot measure or cut a straight line without a straight-edge. Really.
Hold the straight-edge in place and drag the utility blade along the edge, applying pressure to cut the drywall in a straight line. Don’t worry if your blade doesn’t go all the way through. You will cut the other side of the drywall in the next step.
Be sure to keep your fingers – and toes! – out of the way while you cut the drywall.
Pick up the drywall and bend it at the line you just cut. The drywall will crack apart easily to create a corner at the cut line. Simply run your blade along the opposite side to cut the two drywall pieces apart entirely.
I simply drilled screws through the drywall to secure it to the incomplete wall. If you don’t know how to use a power drill, don’t worry – it’s not that hard. The most difficult part is making sure you have the proper tip (called a “drill bit”) on the drill so that it matches the size of your screw. Then, simply fit the top of the screw onto the drill and apply pressure to drill it into the wall. You may want to ask your brother/dad/husband/neighbor to show you how if it’s your first time. My drywall wasn’t big enough to cover the entire wall, so I drilled in a piece of micro-suede fabric in to cover the top part.
Note: After I was all done, someone commented that technically, most drywallers would use a special tape and spackle to finish off the cut end of the drywall and cover up the screws. I, however, just don’t care enough to go to quite that much effort. And I think it’s a huge improvement as it is!