Step 3: Cut out opening in drywall

cutting into drywall between beams to make space for niche
Photo: Chip Henderson
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Tape a large drop cloth to the wall directly below the marked outline. It’ll catch most of the drywall dust and make cleanup much easier, especially in a carpeted room. Next, cut along the outline with a drywall saw. Follow the pencil lines as closely as possible, but don't worry if your cuts are a little wavy, the niche will hide them.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Measuring tape

    • two-foot level
      Level

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw

    • finish hammer
      Hammer

    • caulk gun
      Adhesive gun

    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun

    Shopping List

    1. Urethane-foam wall niche

    2. Urethane adhesive
    used to adhere the niche to the wall surface

    3. Plastic drop cloth
    used to catch dust

    4. Painter’s tape
    for attaching drop cloth to wall

    5. Paint
    used to finish the niche

    6. 2 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for securing wall niche

    7. 2x4 blocking
    installed horizontally between studs at top and bottom of wall opening

    8. 2-inch drywall screws
    used to fasten 2x4 blocking to wall studs

    9. Spackling compound
    for filling nail holes