If you are thinking of renovating, remodeling, or redesigning your home, it’s likely you’ll need to do some DIY construction and demolition of interior walls.
Here, we’ll cover a few suggestions and common practices around residential interior walls including how to make walls look better, how tips for taking down interior walls and putting them up, and safety tips around interior demolition and construction when doing it yourself.
Advice for Painting Interior Walls in Your House, Apartment, or Condo
You may wish to consider painting as the first step of a home renovation project. Painting the walls and ceiling of a room can be done far easier if you do it before having new flooring installed. Splattering your lovely new floor with paint would be a real risk, no matter how carefully you masked and tarped the area.
This article does not have too much in-depth advice for painting walls and rooms in your house—but we do have DIY residential painting tips elsewhere on the site! If you are interested in a wide range of suggestions and ideas for how to paint your home, please check out the Painting section of LiveLikeHome.com.
Ways You Can Make Your Home’s Interior Walls Look Better
The first topic we will tackle is how to improve the appearance of the rooms in your house starting with the interior walls. We’ve got a few suggestions in this section.
Use Stained Baseboards, not Painted
If you are replacing baseboards, opt for stained ones instead of painted ones. Warm, natural wood brings classic style to any decor. Stained baseboards also do a better job of hiding scuffs and scratches. There are many different tints available in stain form, making matching your decor easy.
Try Paneling, but Paint Stripes First to Camouflage
One quick and inexpensive way to change the look of a room is to try adding paneling to the walls. One benefit of this renovation is that you can easily remove the panels with little damage if you don’t end up liking the look they create. In terms of expense or time, you won’t have lost much.
Cover Nail Holes with Spackle
A touch of spackle and a little paint will freshen up walls that look the worse for wear due to lots of nail and hanger holes. Spackle can be found at the local home improvement store. Use a very small amount if you need to fill tiny holes. You can fill the small holes by applying the spackle with the end part of any bobby pin. Once you get the spackle to dry you need to smooth that hole over with a rigid object so that the wall can be smooth. You can then apply some paint. You will be rid of the ugly holes that are in your wall.
Add or Replace Crown Moldings
You will be stunned to see how installing crown moldings can make such a big difference! Crown moldings can add interest to plain, flat, boring walls. In terms of cost and simplicity, crown molding is hard to beat.
Consider Using Wallpaper
Yes, really. If you can’t stand painting and hate paneling, give wallpaper a try. Wallpapering is, comparatively, simple and is an affordable alternative. Although, you should be wary of the type of wallpaper that you select since removing certain kinds are more difficult than others.
In fact, you can use wallpaper to create visually pleasing bookcases. First, choose a design that you like. For a creative look, apply the wallpaper you have picked out on the inside of your bookshelf. This can really tie the room together and make a very nice aesthetic look.
Tips for Construction, Demolition, and Care of Interior Walls During Home Renovation
The second topic we will cover here is suggestions for successfully undertaking DIY construction and demolition of residential interior walls when you are fixing up your home. This section has a few suggestions about things you might want to do when working on your house, apartment, or condo walls.
Replace Sheetrock with Water-Resistant Drywall
Always use water-resistant board for areas where heavy plumbing is present to avoid water damage or mold. Water-resistant drywall is also known as “green board”. It handles moisture better and some brands are even treated to prevent mold growth.
Use a Sponge on Seams when Installing Drywall
Get great looking drywall with a simple sponge! Avoid sanding the seams, try to stick with sponging. A sponge can smooth the seams as effectively as a sander. One advantage to sponging is no dust is created as happens when you use sand paper. It’s worth the investment to learn since you won’t have to inhale all that dust.
Be Cautious with Certain Drywall and Sheetrock Made in China
There are many types of materials you have to avoid while making home improvements, and certain types of drywall now fit this bill. Today, you may wish to avoid drywall that comes from China, or at least look into the manufacturing. Much of the sheet rock used in construction in the US has been imported from China since 2005. Most of it is of terrible quality. In the worst cases, the drywall from China has been found to put off harmful gas that will corrode your wiring inside the walls.
Many contractors in the United States have used drywall sourced from China—at least since 2005. Much of this drywall hasn’t undergone a rigorous quality assurance process. In the worst cases, certain drywall from China has been reported to put off harmful gas that could corrode your wiring inside the walls.
Safety Suggestions for Construction and Demolition of Interior Walls
And in the third and final section, we’re going to discuss safety tips for DIY construction and demolition in your home. There are a few common practices and suggestions for safety when remodeling that you should bear in mind.
Always Know What’s Behind Walls in DIY Residential Demolition
You may be eager to demolish things that you intend to rebuild, but doing so incorrectly could have serious consequences. You need to ensure that your structures are not a support to your home before you rip them out. Avoid expensive repair bills from damaged electrical wiring by carefully examining the area first. Prepare well to make sure you don’t try taking down a wall that will be cost-prohibitive to replace.
Always Shut Off Home Electricity Before Doing Electrical Work
It goes without saying that you must turn off electricity before you work on any electrical wiring, lighting, outlets, and so forth. Failing to disconnect the power and touching live wires can result in electrocution or death.
Always Shut Off Gas Before Kitchen Renovation Work (or Residential Demolition Near Natural Gas Pipes)
Always know where the gas shutoff valve is when you start any gas-related DIY project, such as remodeling your kitchen, fixing up a living room with a gas fireplace, or any interior wall demolition you do yourself. Be extremely careful if you are going to work near any gas installation. Be careful not to puncture, or otherwise penetrate the line at any point during your project, as it could lead to a leak of explosive gas.
Always Shut Off the Main Water Supply Before Working on Plumbing
Always remember to turn off the main water supply if you are working on plumbing projects in the bathroom or kitchen. You’ll need to find the main water shut-off in your home before you start any work that involves the plumbing. Working on or near pipes without shutting the water off first is a recipe for disaster.