This post is in collaboration with National Gypsum PURPLE XP®. #askforpurple
Last week, we shared our experience with National Gypsum PURPLE XP drywall products, and today, we’re so excited to share the results in our garden apartment! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s nothing quite like making it through the dirty, grimy renovation process, only to finally turn that corner and see clean sheets of drywall hiding the studs. There’s certainly an exciting element to every step of a renovation – from planning to demolition to fine tuning to completion – but watching drywall go up is always that moment where things start to click! It’s not too much longer before paint (or lighting or furniture!), we’ll say. It’s a time when the dominoes all start to fall in the right direction, and to be real, it’s a bit of a relief knowing that you’ve made it through the toughest parts of renovation.
Now the fun can begin.
The mudroom at the back of the unit is shaping up to be the sweetest little space, allowing us to access the whole house utility room without ever needing to disrupt our tenants. We chose to outfit this area with PURPLE Hi-Impact XP drywall, a product recommended for spaces that may see a lot of traffic from car doors to pool cues to bicycle handlebars. Reinforced with fiberglass mesh, it’s a top-notch solution for a garage or rec room, but we also see this as a pass through for our future tenants who may be navigating their bicycles through this small room. As a rental unit, we wanted to opt for the strongest option!
The interior exterior door was left off the hinges while tile work finished up, but eventually, the single lite door you saw here will get outfitted with an exterior handleset. Just inside the mudroom, you can see where we added a pocket door to access the utility space, and on the other side of this slim pass through, there are two light switches – one for the light we’ll install overhead and one for a light to illuminate the outside. (We’ve already installed another one of these cobalt babes to mimic the same on our patio!)
You might remember that the half wall is going to be an integral part of the kitchen (more on that soon!), and to the left of that is our furnace closet. During the renovation, we removed what used to be a large bi-fold door that spanned the entire box you see below. We nixed the bi-fold in favor of a simple one-panel door, and we had our contractor rearrange the ductwork to allow for a built-in pantry next to it. Because furnaces can get pretty noisy, we opted to finish off this area with PURPLE SoundBreak XP, a drywall that reduces the sound between rooms – keeping noise in or out, depending on which way you want to look at it.
The kitchen will have cabinets all along the wall where we used the PermaBase PLUS Cement Board, and the backsplash will get tiled:
Looking in the other direction, you can see that we carried the PURPLE Hi-Impact XP from the mudroom onto the half wall. This small section of wall will have a cabinet and about two rows of tile (which is still perfectly safe to use on the PURPLE board), and there will be a 2-3″ return on the end of the cabinets that will get painted with wall color. We went with cement board everywhere else in the kitchen for added strength and durability, again, because #rental.
Lastly, remember that unsightly gas meter? This front wall was framed out with 2 x 3s and covered with PURPLE SoundBreak XP to help eliminate street noise. A small access panel will still allow us to read numbers off the meter (if needed, as it’s wi-fi enabled), and once we extend the baseboards around this wall, it will look like it’s always been there:
To help jumpstart your own home renovation projects, we teamed up with National Gypsum PURPLE XP to supply one reader with a PURPLE tool kit (full of essentials for the DIY-er) and a $100 Visa gift card! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those located in the United States and runs through Friday, June 16th until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!
A big thank you to National Gypsum PURPLE XP® for sharing their drywall enthusiasm with all of us, and the same to all of you for supporting our sponsors. We used Hi-Impact XP, SoundBreak XP and PermaBase PLUS for our needs, and all walls were prepped and sanded with ProForm XP Ready Mix joint compound. Find all PURPLE products here and suppliers in your area here!