Transforming the garage by finishing the bottom of the drywall can have enormous benefits. Not only does the homeowner add value to the home, but the garage would provide a comfortable, temperate place to work year-round.

Here’s how to finish the bottom of the drywall in the garage.

Unfinished Garage

Unfinished Garage

What are the benefits of drywalling the garage?

Adding drywall over the insulation in the garage is effective for regulating temperature. In colder geographic areas, it keeps the temperature inside the garage above freezing while also preventing frozen pipes. In warmer locations, adding drywall keeps hot air outside.

A comfortable garage is not the only benefit. Drywalling the garage makes it easier to install electrical outlets. In an unfinished garage with concrete walls, it becomes necessary to break a part of the wall to add electrical outlets; running wires through concrete walls is also difficult.

It’s easier to add electrical outlets and hide the wires behind the walls in a drywalled garage. Electrical outlets in the garage allow homeowners to plug in power tools and work. As an additional workspace, a finished garage can add thousands of dollars to the sale price of the home.

What are the steps to finish the bottom of drywall in the garage?

Before starting on finishing the bottom of the garage drywall, gather the necessary tools: stainless steel drywall knife, taping knife, corner trowel, and drywall mud pan. Also needed are sandpaper in various grouts, joint compound, mesh drywall tape, and a pole sander.

  1. Maintain a gap

Finishing the drywall bottom comes after installing the upper portion of drywall in the garage. Keep in mind that during the finishing process, it’s important to maintain a 1/2-inch or 5/8-inch gap between the floor and the bottom of the drywall.

A gap prevents moisture on the garage floor from whisking upward into the absorbent drywall and contributing to mold growth. Concrete garage floors are also not level, causing large gaps between the sheets of drywall. Floor expansion during weather changes can lead to cracks in the drywall.

Garage Drywall Installation

Garage Drywall Installation

  1. Fill in gaps between drywall sheets

Large gaps, such as those bigger than 1/4-inch, require mesh tape in addition to joint compound. Place the mesh tape along the gaps and insert joint compound through the holes in the tape. The mesh tape allows the compound to set properly. Allow it to dry overnight and then sand.

  1. Add mud over drywall screws

Add two coats of drywall mud over the screws. Make sure the screws are flush against the wall; otherwise, the edges of the screws will be visible through the mud. Cover the screw with joint compound using a drywall knife. Allow the compound time to dry.

  1. Tape the seams

A flat wall is preferred over a bumpy one. Fitting drywall sheets together can produce either flat or butt joints. A mix of both is common. Smooth out the edges of the drywall mud. Smoother edges mean less sanding later. Once the joints are taped and mudded, let them dry.

If bubbles appear along the drywall underneath the drywall tape, cut them out with a utility knife. The cutout space can be filled with compound as any other hole or gap. Be sure to add a sufficient amount of drywall mud underneath the tape.

  1. Sand and skim coat

After adding drywall mud to a joint, it is important to sand the wall once it dries to ensure it appears as smooth as possible. An option before priming and painting is to apply a skim coat, which gives the drywall a consistent surface upon which to paint.

  1. Gather supplies for priming and painting

Priming and painting the drywall requires latex primer, latex paint in the desired wall color, and 3/4-inch paint rollers. Protecting against overspray can be accomplished with a plastic sheet, old towels, or painter’s tarp. Homax water-based drywall spray texture is optional.

  1. Add texture

Homax spray texture is preferred by industry professionals since it provides either a light or heavy texture. Protect the floor from overspray by laying down a tarp or a plastic sheet. Apply texture to the wall, disregarding overspray and instead aiming to blend the texture with the existing walls.

  1. Apply primer

A primer coat can be added once the texture is dry. A multi-purpose water-based wall primer is recommended. Use a water-based primer for water-based paint, and oil-based primer for oil-based paint. Although it takes one hour to become dry to the touch, give the primer three hours to dry.

  1. Paint the garage drywall

Opt for interior paint when painting the garage drywall (exterior paint is not advised). A paint with a satin finish is also recommended by industry pros. Apply two coats of paint to ensure an even finish. Let each coat dry fully before starting the next coat.

Finished Garage Wall

Finished Garage Wall

While drywall finishing can be a DIY project, unless you have experience behind you, it can be a somewhat daunting task. When you need reliable work done on your garage drywalls, consult the drywall repair professionals at The Patch Boys of Kane County.

Our drywall specialists repair a range of large- and small-scale problems in your drywall quickly and correctly, whether in the garage, kitchen or elsewhere in the home. Common drywall issues occur after water damage, when cracks or holes appear, after accidents or as the house settles and nails pop.

The Patch Boys of Kane County repair services are highly respected in the local community. An advantage of working with us is our same-day service. Our experienced crews are available to solve your drywall problems, whether they are located in a residential home or commercial business.

Choose The Patch Boys of Kane County, like so many satisfied home and business owners have, and we’ll promptly deliver top-notch drywall repair services. We serve the repair needs of residents and business owners in Batavia, Illinois. Call us today to schedule a no-obligation drywall repair estimate.