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I’ve renewed my energy with my smooth bathroom wall project. I’ve even called in reinforcements.
Old (and crooked) lamps make for much better skim coating assistants than flashlights since I don’t have to hold it while I work. And please forgive me if the colors in these photos are a little off; I just was too tired to care at the time of writing this post, and a thunderstorm keeps threatening to force me to bed early (no light
+ no TV = sleepy Sarah).
After my evening’s efforts, I can confidently say that I have smoothed and perfected this section of wall:
Which you may or may not think is enough of an accomplishment for a blog post, but I did want to share the tool that’s helping me get there a little faster:
This sponge is actually made for tile and grout, which I guess I can reuse when the time comes, but the size of it is what’s getting the job done so quickly right now. Once you begin a second coating on the walls with joint compound, you’re really only trying to identify any pits/pockmarking/gouges/grooves/etc that might show up after paint, which goes a heck of a lot faster than the first coat. Since I’m using a sponge and not a sanding block for this leg of the project, I don’t have to wait for the mud to completely cure before getting rid of any imperfections. Thus the completion of one portion of a wall in one night.
Why is this section of wall so important, you may ask? Come next week, I’ll show you what’s going to go here (a very colorful addition, I might add). But I have a deadline that must be met, so this wall needs to be done pronto.
Next up:  priming, then painting. I’ve already picked out both. Off to the store, be right back!

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