I'm evaluating a repair task at an older neighbor's house. His dining room
has a wall with a single window in the middle of it., and the window was
blocked-off about 20 years ago when he had a garage added on the other side
of the wall. The window was blocked-off by simply covering the opening with
a piece of wooden panelling and then painting the whole wall and window
frame the same color. The old couple seemed to think it was fine and have
lived with it for two decades. Now, it is time to fix this thing right. It
looks pretty ugly, and makes it hard to hang artwork.
My strongest inclination is to remove the window frame and completely
replace the wallboard on this (13 x 8 foot) wall. That would leave no
interior evidence that there was ever a window in that location, however I
am wondering how easy it is to get the new wall to blend seamlessly with the
two existing intersecting walls and ceiling. If I sand the edges of those
existing walls and do the normal inside-corner treatment (tape and mud), can
it look good? My experience is limited to new wallboard joining with new
wallboard. Any gotchas?
My option is to treat the window opening like a very large damage hole. Put
some wooden bracing in to support the patch, cut a 3 x 5 piece of wall board
and place it into the opening and mesh and mud the edges before prepping and
painting the whole wall. The wooden bracing would have to be very sturdy so
that the patched section of wall would be as strong as the rest of the wall.
I'm thinking that this might be a bad idea.
Two windows on one side on my house have had exactly the treatment you
prescribe applied to them by the previous owner about ten years back.
Currently, the outlines of the window are clearly visible for both windows
because of small movements which cause cracks around the joints of the
"insert". I plan on eventually, removing this wall to build outwards so
am living with the cracks. If I had to live with the walls as is long
term, I would prefer a redo of the whole wall.
I think it depends on how good a taper you are.
If you're good, treat it as a damaged area. The amount of taping
will be less than if you replace the wall. Running horizontally,
you'll have fourteen feet of taping, running vertically you'll have
There is another option -- if the circumstances are right. You could
adapt the framing to make an art niche where the window used to be.
That's a very good point. By extending the hole to the studs on either side
of the current opening, I would gain the additional stability that I was
looking for. That may prevent the issue that caused the covered window to
become visible again for that other person who posted about it.
I've been visiting model homes and watching the home shows on TV and
I now realize there is nothing wrong with making one wall completely
different from the other 3 walls in a room. So consider painting or
papering or texturing that one wall, if you like....
On Sat, 14 Feb 2004 21:41:32 -0500, "Konstatt"
Well... I'm slightly more of a traditionalist than a trendsetter. The
whole room will be painted the same color after the repairs.
My plan for that dining room is paint above a chair rail and wallpaper below
the chair rail. Getting that window frame out of the way is the only
problem in the room.
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