Plywood instead of Drywall?
Do you think it would be possible to replace some drywall with plywood? Or is it the law that all interior walls must be drywalled? ;)
Some explanation: The wall going up our stairs is covered with a "lovely" homemade stucco made of joint compound. We've always hated it (and we constantly scrape our knuckles against it when we go up or down the stairs while carrying laundry baskets), but repairing or replacing it has always been at the bottom of the priority list.
Now we are in the process of refinishing the stairs. The carpet is off, and before I go to the trouble of sanding and refinishing my steps, it seems to make sense to make a mess first and rip the stucco-ish drywall out now.
We'd like to do faux wainscoting or beadboard in that area, and it seems like kind of a waste to do all that taping and spackling with drywall if we're only going to cover it up.
Any comments welcome! Thanks!