A while back we had a leak from a frozen line. I repaired it and now needed to repair the drywall. Let’s get to it.

Step 1:  Cut out drywall

When I first determined the location of the leak I cut out a hole making sure I did not break the drywall. Make the necessary repair.

Step 2:  Backing for Drywall

Cut some strips for backing. I idea is to have something to attach the drywall to. Screw it into the existing drywall.

Step 3: Reattach the drywall

Attach the piece that you cut out. Buy some drywall tape and some mud.

Step 4:  Tape the seams

Make sure when applying the drywall mud to get the mud into the cracks. Put a thin coat of mud on the tape, let dry. Apply two or three thin coats as needed, then lightly sand.

Step 5: Create the Ceiling finish

You will need to recreate the finish on the wall. In my case I needed to create a swirl type finish. I did this by using a paper plate and plastic bag.

I put mud on the plate and taped it on the ceiling. I let it dry for a few minutes, then I knocked it down with a drywall knife. This requires a light touch. Once it dries lightly sand to match the existing finish.