Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How to Patch a Wall & Antique A Mirror

Since I got really cheap thrifty and redid the hall bathroom shopping the house, I figured it was also almost free to remove the medecine cabinet and patch the wall.  All I would have to buy is  a piece of drywall, tape and some mud.  I even got a new towel bar to hang there too and all for $21.04.  I love the results, so much better.  Now there is a place to hang a hand towel and it looks prettier too.

The medecine cabinet in the bathroom was not needed at all and it really didn't add anything decorative to the area.  Secondly, you couldn't even hang a towel bar so you had to have one standing on the counter.  Time for it to go.

Here is how you do it.  Now I am not a pro, but mine turned out just fine.

 Just remove the shelves and then remove the 4 screws that are holding it in.

 When it is out you have a nice hole that you need to clean out really well of all builders debris.  I forgot to get a picture of the next step, but I had a piece of 2 x 2 and I cut it to frame out the inside so I could add my piece of sheetrock and have wood to nail the sheetrock to.  Just make sure you nail the 2 x 2's onto the studs inside just behind the existing sheetrock line.  You want both pieces of sheetrock to line up.

 Next nail your sheetrock in, it doesn't have to be a totally perfect fit, remember you are going to use tape and compound to smooth out the joints.

This is the first coat.  Now I know this looks really rough, but when it dries and I give it a light sanding, it will look really good.  As you can see, the original finish on my walls is what they call "knock down" and it is pretty rough to begin with.  I am trying to simulate that finish.  I think we are getting close.  Now to sand and do the second coat.

Dry, sanded down and ready to paint after the second coat.  Be sure to let the compound dry thoroughly. (I kept the small shop vac handy to keep vacuuming up all the mess.)

While all of that was drying, I decided to try and upgrade my mirror.  I had just a tiny bit left in this can of gold and of course my trusted stain. Minwax walnut.

 I gave the frame whiffs of gold randomly.  I wanted just a hint of gold, not a totally gold frame.  We'll see how it looks under the lights in the bathroom.

Next I dipped a toothbrush in the stain and gave the whole thing a spatter look by running my thumb across the bristles of the toothbrush.  Gives it more of an aged look.

It's so hard to get a picture in all the bright light, but it really is pretty.  It's just enough to give the mirror some character.

With the wall patched and painted, I was ready to hang the towel bar and accessorize.  Goodwill came through again with the perfect picture.

Aren't these cherubs just the cutest ever.

TA-DA the reveal  So how does my wall look and isn't this so much better than the medecine cabinet.

I also found some fabulous new towels at Ross and the rest of my accessories came in the mail, but that's for another day.  I still need to play with them and get them just right.

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  1. I could never tackle a job like the sheetrock even though you made it look easy. The new mirror looks so nice!

  2. Great job on the sheetrock, Marty!! Looks great!!~~Angela

  3. I have dry walled, mudded and taped many a wall and you did a wonderful job! It looks terrific.

  4. AWESOME! I agree! It is such a grand improvement. I asked hubs if we could do this and he said absolutely not! :( I guess he is right. We would have to repaint the whole bathroom and we aren't in a position to do that right now. I have been on the look out for a mirror for you. :)

    GOOD Job Girly!

  5. You are simply amazing Marty!!!!! Looks professionally done and love the mirror a lot! You might have to stop your search with a mirror like that!!! Cross-stitched Cherubs I made used to hang in my old bedroom and I love the one you got!

  6. Great job on the sheet rock!

    I LOVE how the mirror came out. The room looks beautiful.

  7. Wow! You are absolutely awesome, Marty! I love the step by step instruction how to patch small areas of drywall...I have few areas in my laundry room that I would love to patch up and your post will be so useful. And I'm loving the beautiful transformation of the mirror! Works so well with the rest of the accessories in the bathroom:)Hugs,Poppy

  8. Love the finished product! Your bathroom looks absolutely lovely.

  9. My hat is off to you Marty! I'm impressed with your drywall skills. The mirror looks great too! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  10. Oh Marty, you are so amazing!

    I would have been so afraid to try that - and you did it all on your own? Wow, you go girl!

    I find it odd builder's put medicine chests in downstairs guests baths, why? Weird.

    Your awesome pic and towel bar is spot on awesome - what a difference these changes have made.

    Well done!

  11. Good on you, Marty!! If I need a house built I know who to call!! lol

  12. Marty,
    Looks great!! Love the new look and yes, I too have replaced dry wall the same way !! I am a carpenter's daughter!! LOL!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


  13. Marty,
    You never cease to amaze me! What a great job on the sheetrock!! I can only imagine what a mess I would have. Your mirror turned out just great, the picture is perfect, another fabulous makeover by Marty!! You rock!! :)

  14. Marty, you are amazing! What a great job you did. Every so often I would see bathrooms {when we were looking at new places} with those side wall medicine cabinets and could never understand them. I think my parents have one in their bathroom, too. I think it looks so much better and, if you don't use the medicine cabinet, serves the space much better.

  15. What a great transformation! It is such an improvement and you did an excellent job, as always!

  16. Amazing! Looks so beautiful. Love the gold . You did a wonderful job to glam up your room.

  17. It looks fabulous! I love the towels and picture too. I need to try this I think.

  18. You did a great job! I love the way it all turned out. Your mirror redo is perfect! I think that may be the finish I want on the light fixtures for my little, vintage trailer. What color is the stain you use? I can't remember and couldn't tell in the picture.

    1. Just Minwax walnut. My favorite go to stain for everything.

  19. Beautiful job. Sheet rock is not eas. I just had to put a piece in where the AC guys took out my old air exchange. 12x36. I had to sand smooth but bought some wall texture spray. Need to prime and paint now.
    I love you home, you do an excellent job on everything you touch.
    Oh love the hit of speckling with stain on frames, I never thought of that.Thanks

  20. OK, you DIY skills are impressive. I love the towel rack (and picture) in the spot that the medicine cabinet once was. What a wonderful change. And, I adore your towels.

  21. Looking really great Marty! Love it!

  22. Fantastic Marty!!...the space really looks wonderful...you did such a terrific job...

  23. The wall and mirror both look great! You make it look very easy to take out the medicine cabinet and re-drywall. Maybe I will have to tackle ours someday.

  24. Today a medicine chest, tomorrow, a new house!!! You could do it!

  25. Marty, you are amazing! What a great idea to get rid of the med cab. You are so right. The pretty towels on the bar look so nice. I LOVE what you did to the mirror. It looks gorgeous! What a clever girl you are. laurie

  26. Nice Job! Everything looks wonderful!

  27. Marty- You did a really great job. Matching plaster work is no easy feat. It looks so much better with the wall and picture! xo Diana

  28. Marty,
    Gorgeous make~over, dear friend!!!
    Love the addition of the gold in your mirror,also!!!
    Perfect spot to hang your towels!
    The cherub print is adorable!!!
    Thanks for sharing how economical and easy this project was!!!

  29. That is definitely much better than the medicine cabinet. It looks great!

    I've never done a bit patch job like that. Good to know.

  30. Great job! Your bathroom has turned out beautifully!

  31. You did such a great job! I'd never know there had been a medicine cabinet there. I would be honored if you would link this up to my new-to-me All Things Thursday link party. http://posedperfection.blogspot.com/2013/07/all-things-thursday-blog-hop.html
    Have a blessed week!

  32. Fabulous job, Marty! Your picture and towels really do look prettier than the cabinet. And the mirror, two thumbs up! Thanks for sharing at my HOME!


  33. This looks amazing!! I'm so impressed you did all the work yourself! So wish I had that much nerve to try several projects like that in my home!

  34. You are so smart. I think your wife will feel lucky to have you in the family.

  35. I have to laugh-- our guest bathroom is set up exactly like yours and we did the SAME thing!! Our light switch and socket are in the same location too. We took out the medicine cabinet and patched the wall. Like it much better! However, my husband will not permit me to place a towel bar there because of the safety issues of the light switch below- he says dripping hands and electrical sockets/light switches do not mix! So, our hand towel rests on the counter, much to my chagrin. Have a nice week :)

  36. I love your "new" mirror. You did a terrific job.

  37. You are incredibly handy and creative! It looks wonderful!

  38. Marty, what a great job you did!! Good call on removing the medicine cabinet--it really does make a big difference. I probably would have been chicken to try this, but you've given me courage to think it might not be as hard as I thought! :)

    Thank you SO MUCH for joining Grace at Home!

  39. Looks really great! I am inspired to fix a hole in one of my walls - thanks! I came over from Grace at Home link party.

  40. Wow, Marty! You did an awesome job fixing that wall! Mine would have never looked that good! And the mirror - beautiful! The character you gave it with the stain is perfect! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods!

  41. You can not even tell there was a medicine cabinet there Marty. You did a fab job! I love your new GW pic and your mirror update. Thanx for sharing at THT. Hope your week is going well!

  42. Hello Marty, wonderful tutorial on how to patch up and cover up the wall. Love your antiquing method - I need to do the same to a frame - I'll checkout this paint and stain - I am so delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  43. Marty, I love what you did with the mirror. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  44. Beautiful! Where did you find the shower curtain? Thanks!