How do we disguise ugly drywall seams in our 3 window kitchen bumpout?

by Jan

We’re changing from paper to

paint, and from wood to white moulding. We just can’t get the drywall right. Hopefully once he sands and feathers the tape, it will feel and look ok. He’s talking about sticking quarter round over the seams. I don’t want our project to look

like a mobile home. Most of the people that live in a mobilehome love their home....accept for those strips!

  5 answers
  • Get in a drywall guy to finish off for you. Won't cost that much. As you have found out, taping, mudding and sanding is harder than it looks on tv . . .

    That is one amazing room you have! Even in the dead of winter I would sit there and gaze out . . . Just beautiful! 🌞

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 15, 2019

    Instead of sanding, use a damp sponge to smooth the drywall mud. For a flat wall, we usually do it through 3 applications. Corners may be trickier and require more. Just make sure each application is thin and the next application goes a bit further out than the first one.

  • Joanne Joanne on Jan 15, 2019

    put a add on facebook in your area of garage sales get someone to come in and help. The young guys that know their skill will help for a few bucks if you do some of the work.

    my son did it for 22 yrs makes it look so simple but it is a do, and wait to dry and do again and dry, and it seems like a long wait but looks great and they have the tools to make it easier. it is not hard but it does take practice.

    • Jan Jan on Jan 16, 2019

      Thank you. I think it's going to end up ok. Hubby is determined. A DIY guy!

  • Paul Dempsey Paul Dempsey on Jan 15, 2019

    If you can't get it right and still have yucky seams in the corners hiding and covering can help. One easy hide is to get curtains and a rod that is longer than the curtain is wide. Use tiebacks to form the curtains into a nice shape/drape. That way you can use the curtain to cover the corners, but not the windows themselves.

    Instead of a thin molding, go big! Use prefabricated columns/posts to cover the corners. This can add an elegant trim element with either full or half columns/posts.

    Add texture. You can stipple the wall, or make it look like stucco. Or you can rag the wall with paint and glazing to make a faux paint texture. The ragging and uneven paint toes will distract the eye from any imperfections.

    What you DON"T want to do is use a glossy shiny paint which will highlight every flaw. Flat and eggshell are best at covering back drywall work.

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    • Terry in Texas Terry in Texas on Jan 16, 2019

      This is a wonderful idea but not an easy fix, will have to find a fine craftsman or cabinet maker to do the job, but I'm willing. My ceiling is vaulted and at the end of the room, it rounds out so I have 6 points (seams) coming together at the peak. Some days there are big ugly cracked seams and other days, the ceiling is nearly perfect, the house is breathing I assume. Thank you so much, this will add significant architectural detail to my ceiling and hide the cracks to boot! I love it!

  • Shell Picken Shell Picken on Jan 16, 2019

    Georgian homes maybe a inspiration for you with pelmets and plywood with skirting used as frame often to copy panelling effect to cover walls and save some work wallpapered inside for quickness will frame view and give character and comfort. But this depends on rest of home but with columns and curtains would look fab.