Ripping out Bonus Room Door Frame?

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Old 04-03-15, 05:52 AM
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Ripping out Bonus Room Door Frame?

I am going to rip out a door frame that leads to my bonus room. It was added by previous owner who used the bonus room as a bedroom. It restricts the view/air flow and also is way too short for me. I am 6'8 and have almost been knocked unconscious a few times coming down. I seems like it should be an easy demo, and just some drywall patching and painting to finish it off. Any suggestions? Here are some pics ...

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Old 04-03-15, 06:29 AM
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I don't see any problems. I can't imagine that area above door is load bearing.
If you are determined to tear it out, I would start by removing the drywall above door opening. This will allow you to see how the area was filled in and if there is a header in there. Post back if you see something that looks like it was original to structure. I doubt it.
 
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Old 04-03-15, 08:33 AM
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Easy :)

Well, that was easy. The door was framed over the existing drywall, ceiling, and floor. After I ripped everything out, the original vinyl floor and ceiling were under everything. Everything should match up perfect. I will have to cut a piece of wood to match and replace the bottom of the stair edge, that was the only thing they cut off. Any suggestions or advice on how to finish off this project? Seems to be smoothing off the corners and edges of the drywall and ceiling.

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You'll need to scrape off the rest of the caulking [it doesn't sand well] and mud/texture as needed. The skirt board was likely made from a 1x12 so cutting your patch piece out of 1x to fit should do ok.
 
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Old 04-04-15, 10:28 PM
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I scraped off the caulking and attempted to mud/sand. I got a piece of 1x and cut to match using my table & jigsaw, it matched up perfect. I put some drywall mud up and sanded, my first attempt wasn't very good. After watching a video, my 2nd attempt was much better after really slopping it on. After a little sand in the morning, I should be ready to caulk & paint. Thanks for the advice, this project really opened up the kitchen and bonus room. And no more knots on my head

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Old 04-05-15, 03:33 AM
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Hold a flashlight close to the wall and shine the light across the repairs that you made. The light will throw shadows and highlight any areas that need further work as far as blending out the repair. Once you paint, it will be harder to sand out imperfections but it will be a whole lot easier to see them. So a quick spot check to verify will provide comfort to a successful job before you encase if your final paint.
 
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When sanding it's best to use a sanding pole or most anything that will hold the sandpaper flat. Just holding the paper in your hand often results in dips in the mud which will become more visible once painted. I couldn't tell from the pics if the walls have texture but it will need to be duplicated in order to have an unnoticeable repair. The ceiling texture can be made using a sponge and thinned down joint compound.
 
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Old 04-06-15, 06:52 AM
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Finished, turned out great!
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Old 04-06-15, 07:23 AM
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What doorway to the bonus room I don't see no stinkin' evidence of a door/frame

..... and you have bragging rites to boot
 
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Old 04-06-15, 08:14 AM
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Good Job. I may let you do all my drywall patching.
 
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