A house owner’s work is never done. After having to drill several holes into the bathroom ceiling in order to find a broken halogen lamp transformer, we decided to do a little makeover instead of renewing the whole ceiling part.

In fact, it wasn’t that hard and complicated, and if you have closely watched a professional drywall builder doing his work once, you can do such a smaller touch up on yourself too. However, you will most likely not achieve a professional’s results either. But I didn’t care.

Drywall plates can be easily cut with a straightedge and a large cutting knife, then just be broken apart at the cutting line and be mounted. No overly precise work is needed because you will be mudding the whole thing afterwards anyway. It’s not a fault to “glue” the plates to the ceiling with gypsum, then screw them in place firmly.

Then all cracks and screwholes have to be mudded diligently and left to dry for one day.

When dry, all mudded areas have to be sanded with coarse sandpaper (a surprisingly energy-sapping and very dusty work) to create an overall even and plain surface. The wall gaps can then be filled with putty. It’s important not to seal these gaps with gypsum but with an elastic joint material to prevent new cracks.

After the putty has dried you can paint the area. Last thing to do (in our special case) was to attach the aluminium ledges (just glue…) to provide a clean edge. Done.

Materials we used:

  • 2 drywall plates, 125  x 150 cm each, 12 mm, moisture proof
  • Construction screws (like these)
  • Gypsum drywall mudding (something like this)
  • Acrylic putty, because it’s paintable
  • Aluminium T-Rods for the edges
  • Standard wall paint