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Living Room Soffit Drywall and Mud

Drywall mud shrinks. This is why you need mulitiple coats for a smooth finish.

Running the flats.

Here is the corner that was so high with the drywall in place and the flat tape coats applied. In production , the corners would be run right after this, but I am not doing it that way, as I am getting slow and if you are going to do drywall in your house, this adds extra time on the front end, but saves a ton of time on the back end, especially when it comes time to sand.
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Running the corners.
The next day, I run the corners. Note that I have wiped down the tape, and then mudded one side of the corner. Also note I am running the ‘opposite’ sides. The reason is that you are able to get a smooth run of mud without having to try to get the corner square and cutting into the mud from the other angle. I also spot the nails in the field of the soffit.

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The next day, I take a dry knife and run it along my mud to knock off any little mudballs that may have been missed when I did yesterdays, work.
After the inside corners are established, I have installed the ‘L’bead on the ceiling, and run the flats on the bottom of the soffit, and run the bottom side of the corner bead on the soffit. I also spot the nails in the field of the soffit.
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Coating
Note: The rest of the photos are in Black and White. I have done this to highlight the mud.
Next I take my 12″ knife and mud the entire face of the soffit. This can be done in two steps, with your trusty 6″knife, by running the ceiling inside corner, and then coming back and running the face of the cornerbead.
* Always work from the top down. Gravity is stronger in taping for some reason.
Our corners will blend in at the ends of the soffit, because we did those yesterday.
On the ceiling I am running a fill coat of mud in the ‘L’ bead as well, being carefull not to roll mud onto the face of the soffit. The mud rolls you see on the ‘L’ bead on the ceiling? Don’t worry, you will knock them off tomorrow. Also, I run the other sides of the corners around the soffit. I also spot the nails in the field of the soffit.
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Okay, it is time to run the ‘L’bead. Since my ‘track’ is 6″, I am using an 8″ knife to run these. This way I get my inside corner and smooth my elevation to the edge of the ‘L’ bead.
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Here is the finished product prior to sanding and priming. Always prime drywall. Always.
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The other side did not get neglected.
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Here is the soffit bottom.
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Here is a view of the living room from the kitchen archway. The trim is coming off the doors, and the banding on the top of the window will form the top of the doors all the way around the room.
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The ceiling fan is coming down and replaced with a light fixture, that I will have to build to get what I want.

The room will be a crossover of Arts and Crafts and Craftsman style. Arguably they are close enough to each other for historians to face off, but as long as I am happy with the result, I will enjoy it.