Design & Decor

How to Drywall Inside Corners.

I have been stuck in Drywall Purgatory for the last few weeks, and I can’t wait to get out of it.  The basement we are working on is 800 sqft with 5 rooms, 3 closets, and a stairwell- all of which have 104 corners to be taped and mudded.  And since taping and mudding is my department, I have been a very busy gal.


Our basement in progress.

Our basement in progress.

I learned how to do drywall by watching people do it on YouTube, but the areas I had the hardest time with were the inside corners.  Now that I have a lot of hours of this nonsense under my belt, I happily pass on my knowledge to anyone out there that has a drywall project looming over their head- even if it’s just a patch job.


Drywall Supplies


Paper Tape

Lightweight Drywall Compound

Stainless Mud Pan

Taping Knives: 2″, 5″, and 10″

Rigid Inner Corner Bead (for difficult, drafty corners)



How to Tape and Mud Inside Corners


I finally got around to making a video.  If you have 9 minutes(!) to spare, watch the whole dang thing to get my valuable tips and listen to me rant mindlessly about my neighbor.


This is an ULTRA HIGH QUALITY VIDEO (Can you sense my sarcasm?)  Enjoy, and good luck with your next project.

Float On, Floating Shelf.

I love our kitchen.  But it wasn’t always such a love-connection.  Here’s the poor lady when we first bought her:

our kitchen, before renovation.

our kitchen, before renovation.

It’s an average size kitchen, but that existing layout made it seem much smaller.  We were seeking brightness, so when we were planning our renovation we opted to omit the use of upper cabinets, and used open shelving instead.  Even halfway through the remodel, the kitchen was looking 1000 brighter and better.  We just needed to find wall shelves.


kitchen, before shelves

kitchen progress, before shelves went in

The company we used for our kitchen cabinets was Cliq, but they did not offer an open shelving choice.  So Mr. Heatherland found Custom Floating Shelves, a FL based business that promised to make custom wooden shelves that were sturdy enough to hold some serious weight, and they could color match any finish.


I ordered 6 of them, to hold all our plates, bowls, glasses and stemware.  When the shelves arrived, the packaging was awesome (so awesome it took me about 45 minute to unpack them) and the quality of the shelves was beyond my best expectation.  These guys know their stuff!  I couldn’t have been happier with the style, the wood, and how perfectly the color matches my cabinets.


On their website, the installation page states: “Floating shelf installation is simple in concept but requires tools and skill beyond most DIY’ers. It is a job for a seasoned and skilled finish carpenter.  These directions are intended as a reference for a building professional.”


Which I interpreted as: “Heather, you can totally do this.”


How To Hang Floating Shelves


  1. Mark the studs (at least two of them).
  2. Mock-up the iron bracket on the wall, use a level to ensure placement.  Then, with a speed-square mark on the bracket where holes for the studs should be drilled.
  3. Using a drill press, drill the holes.  When drilling metal, it’s easiest to start with a small pilot hole then incrementally increase the size of your bit until you reach the desired hole size.
  4. Secure the bracket on the wall, with lag screws into the studs. 
  5. Gently slip the shelf on the bracket. 


Then enjoy the view of the finished project.  Our kitchen turned out great and the open shelves make all the difference in brightening up the space.

Our finished kitchen.

Our finished kitchen.



Paint The Town Red(gard).

It feels good to be making visible progress on our latest project.  I just wrapped up the waterproofing portion of the guest bathroom remodel which means I am one step closer to getting the tile on the wall.


With the first bathroom we renovated, I used Schluter-KERDI Shower to build and waterproof our shower.  Kerdi is a fabric waterproofing membrane that gets hung like wallpaper.  It took me about 4-6 hours to get it done and it appears the most expensive waterproofing option on the market.


This time around I used Redgard.

...and away we go.

…and away we go.

Building and waterproofing a shower/tub surround with cement board and Redgard is more cost effective than Schluter.  Plus, it is way easier.  Imagine you’re painting walls with hot pink greek yogurt… That’s exactly what it’s like.




Cement Board

Cement Board Screws

1 gallon of Redgard

Paint Brush

Paint Roller, Cage, and Tray


Cement board is hung just like drywall, and fastened to the studs with cement board screws.  Then it is ready for Redgard.  The corners get painted first, then the rest is rolled on.  It’s bright pink when it’s wet, and then it dries red.

redguard selfie.

redguard selfie.

When it’s dry, you recoat it going the opposite direction than you did the first time (if you rolled vertically, now you roll horizontally).  After the second coat dries, take a peek throughout the whole surface and check for any pinholes or holidays to touch up.



I had about 70 sqft of cement board to cover, and actually had enough Redgard in my 1 Gallon pail for almost three coats- so I did *almost* three coats, and I also did the strip of floor in front of the tub.

second coat

from pink to red

There’s a great blog I’ve used as a resource for all my bathroom/tile/shower renovation needs, The Floor Elf.  He’s got a free “Shower Waterproofing Manual” that I think everyone should take a look at if they are embarking on such a task, and he also has a full library of other ebooks to purchase with more in-depth explanation.

tile prep

tile prep

Now I’m ready for tile!

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