Sheetrocking our Stairwell, calling in some Help

Jun 09 2024
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Its hard for me to believe but Grandma’s house has been mine for ten years now – I started the renovation in April of 2014 and moved in in August of 2015. In all that time you guys know I’ve been slowly finishing this place and I’ve amazingly (finally) come down to the last spot. This wall of this stairwell has never been finished since I moved in. I don’t know why they finished the other wall and not this one… One of the hundreds of times I wish I could ask my grandparents a question.

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

I'm starting this blog post in early stairwell and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

I'm starting this blog post in early February 2024 and me (and all of my coworkers) are staring in shock as it just started RAINING outside.

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

So this spot has always been on my list and its become quite the eye sore now that the rest of the home is (mostly) complete.

Most of you know that Lodi has a night job (which sucks) but its actually the fact that he never gets two days off in a row that is the real kicker.

And its not something anyone who hasn’t lived with it would ever really think about. I have a very typical 9-5 regular five days a week job and never considered how crappy it would be not to have two days in a row off every week.

My weekends give me a day to recoup and another day for projects and chores etc.

Without two days in a row off I would have to find a way to do it all or pick one or the other and, frankly, I don’t think I’d have much choice but to recoup most of the time.

Lodi finds this horrifically frustrating and I don’t blame him.

But I’m certainly not going to take his one day off and be like, “Hey babe wanna sheetrock the stairwell?!” Even on a good day NO ONE wants to put up sheetrock, let alone in a stairwell!

But its been ten years for me and I’m ready to get this over with.

So I mentioned it one night while I was playing Fortnite with my dad, brother and nephews and I got a text.

My 17 year old nephew joined me at 11am on a Monday (both bleary eyed from staying up WAY too late playing Fortnite the night before of course…) and we got to work!

And my gosh how I forgot so quickly how WEIRD and difficult old houses can be…

Or, maybe that’s why I’ve been procrastinating on this stairwell for a decade. To be fair I could not have done this alone and you guys know I plan things alone mostly so that put it WAY on my back burner. (Yes my stubborn, independent, never-ask-for-help, don’t-want-to-be-a-bother, side of me, bites me in the butt all of the time.)

One of the sheets of sheetrock I had leftover was 5/8ths thick… pretty sure I MIGHT be able to carry it alone a short distance but to hang it up by myself without a lot of engineering and even then?

Highly doubtful.

I’ve watched plenty of bloggers do this kind of thing alone and, do you know what they do?

They cut the sheets in half.

The fact that I knew we could do two FULL sheets here on the main stairwell wall made it very hard for me to be willing to do that.

We opted to put that 5/8th piece on the bottom and first lol. We also cut it down to size to get as much weight off of us as possible – opting for the sheet on top (1/2 inch) to be the full sheet we’d have to pick up the highest.

The thicker piece on the bottom also gave us a nice solid shelf to land the next sheet on top of.

Will I have to do a ton of work to make up that difference?

Yes, most of the room is going to be covered in sheetrock mud lol.

It is what it is.

The two sheets went up in no time at all than it was moving on to the real issue: A ton of spray foam that had to be shaved down to the studs and a ceiling that didn’t even have enough studs for us to finish it.

While my nephew took up my little wood hand saw, making snow, hacking away at the extra spray foam, I made a plan for the ceiling support.

I ended up cutting a 2×4 and laying it sideways from the main support in the center of the room and over to on top of the door frame. Nephew screwed it in and we stared at it together for a while.

I said, “Wow, that’s terrible.” He didn’t disagree.

Ya know what though? It worked!

We officially have a really terrible, but much better than it used to be, ceiling in our stairwell!

And my gosh do I have a lot of work to do now! The gap between the new and old I will still need to patch before I can fill it but now I at least have something to work with.

He also helped get the ladder good and secure. (Its an amazing ladder but its a bit big for me.)

When we pulled the ladder out he said, “You know how to set this up?”

My answer, “I was hoping you did!”

Laughs all around. We figured it out, its not like it was rocket science and I now have a secure place to tackle all the patching and work I have to do here.

(Yes, that is a hole in the stairwell ceiling and yes it was my butt falling through ten years ago while I was running the plumbing throughout the house lol.)

This feels amazing to get done!

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

In all that time you guys know I've been slowly finishing this place and I've amazingly come down to the last spot. wall of this stairwell

Comments

  1. Tina
    June 10, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    Just an idea for you—instead of trying to make the drywall look smooth (which is near impossible and would be a major headache) use a trim piece on top of the ledge. Then you could paint the top part a different color to make it look like it was planned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • June 11, 2024 at 4:24 pm

      Tina, that’s a great idea! I am still staring at this stairwell trying to figure out the best way to make it look cohesive. The bottom part is VERY rough concrete so I was considering doing a skim coat over all the sheetrock above it to make it look the same and that would happily cover the tape lines too.

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