We had Grady's 5th birthday party at our house this weekend & it looked like rain was in the forecast...resulting in us scrambling to get the attic floor painted (& dry enough to handle 11 kids) in a matter of two nights. Plus get all of the tools, furniture, & misc stuff cleared out of the space, as well as hang curtains. Spoiler: we did it! (Somehow)
I'll post about Grady's party later. For right now I'll share a few snaps of the attic in all of it's empty glory! Here's a view of the landing area from inside the bedroom. The area to the left of the stairs will be my office, the bunk/reading nook is on the right.
Here's a view of the bedroom from the exact spot I took the previous picture from (just rotated 180 around).
And here's a shot of what it looks like looking back toward the stairs from the opposite side of the bedroom.
The floor color is called "Linen" by Eddie Bauer. I had it color-matched at Menards in Dutch Boy's Porch & Floor paint. It's a little bit cooler on the floor than on the paint chip, but I really like it...a LOT.
The stairs up to the attic are steep...& when they built the house in 1945, they put a door literally AT the bottom step. That means the height of the opening was really short. I had to duck at 5'9...& there's NO WAY we were going to be able to get a queen box spring through that doorway. Sooo...out it goes!
Here's what we started with...I took the door off a few weeks ago.
I tore off all of the old trim, & dad brought his Sawzall over to cut out the door frame as well as some of the wall above the door...
...and a couple of studs. Until we were left with over a foot more headspace! You wouldn't believe how much more light comes down the stairwell either. Bonus!
Just so you can get an idea of how much head room was gained, I photoshopped my Sawzall wielding dad into the before & after picture...to scale. Hopefully we'll get the raw edges finished off this week!
(I just hope after all of that I can get my box spring up there...)