I don’t have a true “before picture” unfortunately, but I do have pictures of the space after we started taking the door casing out. Of course nothing is ever easy in an old house. Once we took the casing out, there was an overlap of lath and plaster that needed to be cut perfectly (if we didn’t cut it perfectly, we would be using a ton of joint compound and spackle). You can see the overlap here:
To make the straight line cut, we used a grinder to cut the plaster and a sawzall to cut the lath . Our smoke alarm went off from the tools burning the wood (lath), so we had to temporarily disable it while we performed the work. This was the result we were left with.
Now our house is full of arches and if we would just drywall in a square opening, one would be able to tell that it was an afterthought and didn’t go with the era of the house. Since we want to keep the characteristics of the old homes, we decided to match the other arches in our house. This is the particular archway we modeled our new archway after.
*ignore the different DIY projects going on in this photo.
We used a piece of cardboard to trace this exact archway shape and then scaled it down to fit the opening we needed.
Now we need to give credit to Josh Temple, the HGTV & DIY host of House Crashers, for giving us the idea to build the archway. We first took two pieces of plywood and cut it to our “archway shape”. Then we used 2x4s to serve as a surface to attach the drywall and brace the two pieces of plywood together.
Next, we attached the "archway-piece" of drywall and cut it with a rotozip using the wood as a guideline.
For the center archway drywall we scored the back in order for it to bend in the shape we wanted.
Next we used corner bead for all the exposed corners.
From here on out it was just a lot of filling in with joint compound, sanding, and filling in, and sanding, …. – you get the jist.
Here is the finished product! Plus Teddy posing for a picture is always the cutest.
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