Tips for Finishing Drywall

Professional advice for smoother walls and less wasted time

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drywall sander
  • Mud pan
  • Dust mask
  • Sanding block
  • Sanding pole
  • Utility knife
  • Taping knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Lightweight joint compound
  • Drywall tape
  • Setting-type joint compound
  • 120 grit sanding sponge
  • 120 grit drywall sandpaper
  • Stain-blocking primer