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 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™.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.