Finishing Drywall – Mud and Taping

Now that all of the drywall has been put up, next is the process of applying mud and tape to create that finished smooth wall look. This always appears a bit daunting to me. I always wonder how they get the wall so smooth in the end.

drywalled great room mud and taped room mud and taped hallway







Mud is basically the “glue” that allows the tape to stick to the drywall. Every seam, nail and screw are covered in mud and then the seams have tape over them. Usually, mud is added at least once, but more often a couple of times, but you always have to make sure the first application is dry before doing additional coats. Then, you’ll need to sand the joints gently to ensure the wall is as smooth as possible. Some drywall companies may also use a wet sanding method, which keeps dust and grit from filling the home as much as dry sanding will. If there are things in the home you don’t want to get dusty, then the wet sanding method may be better, or if you choose to dry sand, then you may want to make sure to cover the vents to avoid dust in every room.

mud and taped ceiling


The process above will need to be repeated in order to get “smooth as silk” walls. I can imagine with home layouts like ours, or home plans with open floor plans that getting the ceiling and vaulted seams can be a bit tedious. Anytime you have to work overhead like that must be tough. But, so far as you can see, the process of finishing the drywall is turning out terrific.

4 thoughts on “Finishing Drywall – Mud and Taping

  • September 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    you are doing a wonderful job! U are acultaly inspiring me to maybe start on some of the remodeling work done on my own house.. we weren’t going to do any of that cosmetic type stuff b/c we were going to move, but since it seems we will be here a while, then I may go ahead and do some..Sorry no takers on the bathroom – perhaps I can find someone to do mine .. that I have been avoiding like the plague. love the snowflakes – I did one into a biscornu.

  • October 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hi there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the great work!

  • October 24, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Hey there, You have done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
    I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

  • February 7, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Finishing with smoothness is the main objective of any drywall task. I have worked with a lot of residential and commercial drywall contractors and you’re finishing is marvelous to say the least.


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