Step 1

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Measure and Mark Perimeter

Use a tape measure to measure, mark and level the whole perimeter of the soffit.

Step 2

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Measure 2x4s

Measure the first pieces of 2x4s to cut for the bottom ledger.

Step 3

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Cut 2x4s

Transfer measurements to the 2x4s and make the appropriate cuts using a chop saw or circular saw.

Step 4

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Install 2x4s

Install the 2x4s to the existing studs under the drywall using 2-1/2" wood screws and a screw gun. Attach them completely around the perimeter.

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Attach Parallel Supports

Measure, cut and attach the parallel supports to the walls by toe nailing them into the existing studs.

Step 6

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Attach Cross Bracing

Measure, cut and attach the cross bracing to keep the frame firmly attached.

Step 7

Attach Top Plate

Measure and mark the top plate area. Lay the level perpendicular to the existing frame to determine where to attach the top plate.

Step 8

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Cut Pieces for Uprights

Measure and cut the pieces for the uprights, which will keep the whole frame together.

Step 9

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Attach Drywall Pieces

Once the whole frame is finished, measure and cut the drywall pieces and attach them with 2" drywall screws.

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Install Corner Bead

Install the corner bead, which will make the seams tighter and protect the corners of the soffit.

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Spackle and Paint Drywall

Spackle and sand your drywall, and then paint with your desired color.