We finished up the pallet wall a while back. It turned out amazing and will really look nice when I get trim up. That’ll be when the flooring goes in the kitchen. Otherwise I’ve been getting some ice riding in and Amy and I had a quick trip down to Austin, TX. We’re prepping the upper stairs for paint and I’ll be purchasing drywall for the downstairs work later later this week. There’s a drywall panel hoist with my name on it being shipped at this moment too. I found part of a picture under some trim I pulled up too. It’s kind of eerie.
Posted by Andy on March 1, 2014
Great stuff in the back hall. Finished up the drywall, primed, and finished painting. We went with just texture from the paint roller. It’s amazing to finally have a smooth wall in the house! I’m proud of my work back here. It turned out really nice. Just trim left and the pallet wall. We picked up pallets for it and we’re prepping the boards. Floors will be finished up after the living and dining rooms are done.
The last picture is a reminder of what it looked like just a few short weeks ago.
Posted by Andy on January 6, 2014
The last wall in the hallway came down yesterday. Today I’ve put up 19/32 plywood as an underlayment for a future pallet wood wall! It’s going to look way cool when it’s done. As you’ll see in the pictures, Kiyah was a huge help.
Posted by Andy on December 14, 2013
It was an all day project, but the last drywall was put up. I had to use some tapcon screws to hold new furring strips which I ripped to correct thickness from a pressure treated 2″ x 6″. I sure love having a rotary hammer. Then I put up a vapor barrier since the rotten wood which used to be back there indicated that the wall sees moisture from time to time. I really wanted to be done so I went ahead and finished up the taping. It’s nice to see every wall covered again.
Posted by Andy on December 9, 2013
Progress on my biggest drywall project to date continues. Everything, minus one wall (more to come later), was hung and tonight I finished the taping. I used some paper backed corner bead for the one exterior corner. That’s going to be a really nice sharp edge after the finish mudding.
Posted by Andy on December 8, 2013
It was a busy busy weekend + one day. I ripped up the tile in the back hallway (surprisingly I don’t have any pictures of that), tore out the treads, risers, and stringers, and put up some new drywall behind where the new stringers were to go. Next was buying some 2×12′s to cut new strings, add a larger rim joist (and reinforcements), cut new treads, and finally just cut some spacers to fill in gaps. Alright, enough talk, here are A LOT of pictures. What can I say, I was pretty excited about pulling this one off as good as I did!
(Nevermind that one picture of the stringer that didn’t touch anything. Yeah… no idea what that is about. Not like I was a little off on my math the first time… In a TOTALLY unrelated lesson, make sure you check all your dimensions and plans before cutting.)
I’ll be adding risers when new flooring goes in the kitchen as well as skirt boards on the edges.
Posted by Andy on November 19, 2013
Back hallway work paused for just a short while with a good friend coming into town for the weekend to see the roller derby championships. Bay Area, Texas, and of course Gotham put on a hell of a show. Anywho, I digress. My next move is to replace the back steps and landing. The stairs have always been leaning and unevenly spaced. They were also covered with tile that really had no business in the house on account of not matching anything. Tonight the tile and underlayment came up and went out. This is in preparation for new joists, subfloor, stringers, treads, and risers which I hope to do within the next two weeks. No tears will be shed for not seeing that tile anymore.
Posted by Andy on November 12, 2013
We’ve been concentrating on the back hallway. The plaster is down, a lot of lath is down, and a lot of shims are in. Shims and construction adhesive should take care of the creaks. I also sunk screws into the back of the treads to pull the kicks back in and get rid of the gaps between them. The balance of the carpet on the steps was removed as well. I’m so glad that’s over. There were these little staples which were an unbelievable pain to remove. I’m half way through this “stabilizing” so just the upper stairs left. When that’s over I can reinstall a new back hallway light.
Posted by Andy on October 30, 2013
Keeping pace with more stuff on walls (take my word for it), caulked/painted window frame (looks great), and most importantly my new purple helmet and no more awful falling plaster ceiling in the downstairs hallway. Huzzah.
Posted by Andy on October 8, 2013
Tying up some loose ends and starting to get some stuff up on the walls. The stairway window trim is up and just waiting for paint. Finally was able to put up a map too. USSR vintage if you look closely!
Posted by Andy on October 6, 2013