We finished the last basement ourselves and spent way way too much time doing it, and along the way, absolutely making my wife hate working with it.
I understand her dislike and truth be told, it isn't one of my favorite activities, either.
A part of it that I do hate the fact that you'd think a gallon of joint compound is plenty.
Here's a shot after the 4th coat of mud of the access hole to staging.
|Note 1 Gallon Pail on left, ugh!|