Step 12: Install Additional Padding

man installing additional padding for wall niche installation
Photo: Laura Moss
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For a secure installation, at least one side should also have blocking flush with the opening. If one stud is close to the edge of the opening, rip a 2x4 to size, and pad out the stud, as shown. If the stud sits deeper, double up 2x4s to make up the space and bring the blocking flush with the edge of the opening. Secure the blocking with glue and a couple of screws.
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    Tools List

    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • studfinder
      Stud finder
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge, to mark cut lines between the lath pieces
    • utility knife
      Utility knife, to score the drywall
    • flat prybar
      Small pry bar
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw, to cut any lath and plaster and to remove any obtrusive studs
    • circular saw
      Circular saw, to cut the 2x4 blocking
    • drill
      Drill/driver, fitted with a 1⁄8-inch drill bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. Niche
    Choose a dense polyurethane niche in a design that mimics surrounding moldings.

    2. Cardboard
    to create a template.

    3. Pole system
    (or painter's tape) to hold the plastic sheeting in place.4. Plastic sheeting

    5. Painter's tape
    to secure plastic around work window.

    6. Adhesive caulk

    7. Paint