Step 9: Finish the viewing area

Cover the viewing shelf with 1/2-inch plywood followed by a layer of drywall
Photo: John Nasta
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Cover the viewing shelf with 1/2-inch plywood followed by a layer of drywall. The plywood adds structural support and keeps heavy objects and sharp elbows from breaking through the drywall. The shelf can also be finished with wood, marble or solid-surface material. Cover the exposed framing around the inside of the skylight with 1/2-inch drywall. Protect the drywall corners with metal corner bead, finish the surfaces with paper tape and joint compound and then apply a fresh coat of paint.
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    Tools List

    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • drill
      Drill-driver
    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • reciprocating saw
      Reciprocating saw
    • drywall knife
      Drywall knife

    Shopping List

    1. Venting skylight with flashing kit

    2. 2x4s
    used to reframe sill

    3. 2x12
    used to form a header over the skylight

    4. 15-pound roofing felt

    5. Drywall
    used to cover the interior surfaces around the skylight

    6. Corner bead
    used to protect the drywall corners

    7. Joint compound

    8. Drywall tape

    9. 1 1/2-inch drywall nails
    used to attach corner bead

    10. 1/2-inch plywood
    used to create viewing shelf

    11. Primer and paint