Dear Crissy

Renovation news: National Gypsum Drywall

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If you’ve ever embarked on a large DIY home renovation project, you know that the road can be a bit bumpy, particularly when dealing with an older home.

We have certainly had our share of bumps. There have been times when we’ve pulled out a wall to find problems that we never could have fathomed would be hiding there, but lucky for me, my husband is patient, and more importantly, he knows that the key to a successful renovation is following through. Sometimes you just have to press on, and follow through!

We’re still moving along beautifully with our Lowe’s home renovation project. If you remember, in my last update, we were installing new, more energy efficient insulation.

We were lucky enough to have access to some fabulous drywall products from Lowe’s that made this part of the renovation really fun. See the unique, purple board up on the walls? It’s a product from National Gypsum called Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Gypsum Board with Sporgard™.

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This drywall product from National Gypsum (Gold Bond® BRAND XP® Gypsum Board with Sporgard™) was developed as an improved moisture resistant board, offering the same advantages of a traditional moisture resistant board but with added mold resistance. XP Gypsum Board is made of a specially treated, fire-resistant, gypsum core, and is encased in a heavy mold/mildew/moisture resistant, 100% recycled, National Gypsum’s original PURPLE™ paper on the face side and a heavy, mold/mildew/moisture resistant, 100% recycled, gray paper on the back side.

With fire resistance being supremely important to us, we were happy to know that gypsum core in this product will not support combustion or transmit temperatures greatly in excess of 212°F (100°C) until completely calcined, a slow process. The peace of mind this product gives us is truly priceless.

This is really the perfect product to be used for the rooms where our children sleep. It is even GREENGUARD Children and Schools Certified! Because Evan has allergies, I love knowing that the drywall in his room is resistent to moisture and mold.

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We were also provided with National Gypsum’s ProForm Lite Ready Mix Joint Compound with Dust-Tech. It’s funny, my husband was insistent that I take a photo of this product to include in my post, maintaining that this product is really something incredible.

We did have some help from a professional with our drywall finishing, and he also praised this product, saying that it was some of the best mix he’s ever used. He was also amazed that he did not require a respirator during the finishing process.

My husband noted:

To say that the ProForm Lite Ready Mix Joint Compound is low dust would be an understatement, because it’s virtually NO DUST. This product provided a great complimentary finish to the drywall.

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My husband was really happy with these products from Lowe’s and National Gypsum, saying:

The drywall wasn’t brittle, it hung easily, is durable, finished great and primed even better!

While my commentary isn’t so much related to the installation and finishing, I can tell you that my mommy-mind is at ease knowing that this great product was designed with safety in mind, and I appreciate that so much.

National Gypsum Drywall

Here we are, primed and ready to move on to the next steps. I can’t believe that I’m actually considering paint and carpet colors at this point, so exciting! There were moments when I wondered if we would ever get here, but the pride in knowing that we did feels amazing.

Lowes Home Makeover

So, we’re getting there. To those of you reading who may be in the midst of a DIY home improvement project, let me just say, I know that it can be a long, difficult process for the entire family. Having the right materials definitely helps (Thanks Lowe’s!), and also, remember to have a little faith and patience. For a long time, it felt like we were getting there one nail at a time, but I know it’s going to be worth all the hard work (thank’s Zach!) in the end.

Finally, a photo of Zach and Evan. Notice that Evan has a little primer on his hands, and Zach looks like he’s been working all night—probably because he had been!

More soon!

Disclosure: Lowe’s and National Gypsum provided the drywall supplies for our home renovation project. Thoughts and opinions are my own. I really can’t thank Lowe’s and National Gypsum enough, and feel strongly compelled to place the word hugs between two asterisks.

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16 Comments

  1. Angela — September 15, 2011 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Wow that room is coming along so nice! Can’t wait to see the finished product with that new baby in there :) Glad shes coming home to a super awesome room. You can tell it must be very dust free too, usually I notice a haze, but none here!

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  2. JulieD — September 15, 2011 @ 11:24 am (#)

    Yes…it’s coming along very nicely. I can’t wait to see the final room! That’s awesome that it’s low dust, going to tell my husband about this…

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  3. Anthony from CharismaticKid — September 15, 2011 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I don’t know if its your great camera taking skills, but those walls look delicious!

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    • Crissy — September 16th, 2011 @ 10:15 am

      I know, isn’t it funny how nice that purple drywall looks? I was half tempted to paint purple! :)

  4. Brenda — September 15, 2011 @ 11:46 am (#)

    It is really looking nice, makes me want to have our basement finished. I see Lowe’s in my future.

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  5. Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz — September 15, 2011 @ 12:15 pm (#)

    Looks fabulous! We’re expecting #2 and finishing our attic as well (I think I mentioned that before). It’s been dragging on for so long! I thought we would be done already :) We also have the walls up and plastered finally (except our attic is tiny and has no windows).

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  6. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy — September 15, 2011 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    Looks like your husband had the best assistant ever!

    I love that this drywall is moisture resistant. What a huge improvement this would be over our drywall. Georgia is so humid that is something that I worry about.

    By the way, I love the purple color. I thought that you were going to say that was the baby’s room. :)

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  7. Lisa Brown — September 15, 2011 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    It looks great! I’m so excited for you! and… how could you not want to just keep the walls purple with white trim? I sure would :) (Of course, if Evan approves!)

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  8. melissa — September 16, 2011 @ 11:28 am (#)

    first of all…omg, could he be ANY cuter?! what a great room! also, i love the fact that it’s fire retardant!

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  9. Veronica — September 16, 2011 @ 11:31 am (#)

    We will be building or purchasing a new home in less than two years and it is really great to see how far home improvement products have come in household safety. I am a huge fan of Lowe’s and will keep all of this in mind when we are house shopping. Thanks Crissy!

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  10. Erin — September 16, 2011 @ 1:44 pm (#)

    How fun that little man gets to “help” :) can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.

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  11. Cindy Orley — September 16, 2011 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    Wow, I had no idea there was a difference in drywall. We are remodeling our entire home, adding new drywall in many rooms. I will check this out for sure, I had no idea about fire safety difference. Plus, we do all our drywall ourselves, I’m pretty much the queen of joint compounding and sanding. I did find a low dust joint compound at Lowe’s that I love using. It cost a little more but so much easier to use since I’m not covered in a white layers of dust afterwards! However, I’ll take your word on this new joint compound to see if it will offer even less dust. I have no idea how they do it but it makes do it yourself home remodeling a do-able thing and so much safer. Thanks for the great information.

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  12. Kelly — September 16, 2011 @ 9:32 pm (#)

    Wow that looks amazing! I wish I knew about this before our family room project, but I forsee LOTS of drywalling in our future, so will keep this in mind! So excited for you! Can’t wait to see what you have in mind for colors-hopefully you’ll let us all help you pick. ;)

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  13. ConnieFoggles — September 17, 2011 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Evan is going to love his new bedroom! Great idea to do this for him with the new baby coming along.

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  14. Sweaty — September 18, 2011 @ 1:21 pm (#)

    It looks like it’s paying off really nicely, guys!!! Am excited for you! And you mean those are only drywalls? They looked divine!

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  15. Kate, aka guavalicious — September 18, 2011 @ 1:28 pm (#)

    Okay you’re making me think we can take on the basement insulation on our own. Never though I would be a DIYer but you’re making it look doable!

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