Painting the Attic Hallway

More painting in the attic. We threw a few coats of white paint on the hallway and stairway. Unlike the bedroom, we didn’t paint any of the trim. We didn’t want to paint the stairs or the trim along the stairs, and we didn’t really know how to transition from unpainted stair trim to painted baseboards, so none of the trim got painted. Here are some before and afters:

Hallway before.

Hallway before.

Hallway after.

Hallway after.

Top of Stairs before.

Top of Stairs before.

Top of Stairs after.

Top of Stairs after.

Now if we could just get around to getting rid of those awful pink blinds on the window… someday.

Painting the Attic Bedroom

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that we were trying to spruce the attic up a bit by just throwing up a bit of paint and making only very minor repairs. Like I mentioned in the previous post, the walls are made of plywood, with a thin skim coat over the top. It’s not holding up well, and the skim coat is chipping off in a lot of places. There has also been some water intrusion over the years, so we were left with a lot of little things like this to repair:

Paint over plywood.

Paint over plywood.

We’re not really putting a ton of effort into it, we’re just mudding it up to conceal the holes for now. It’s not a great long-term fix, but like I mentioned previously, we’re operating under the assumption that the whole attic will be gutted within 5 years, so good enough.

We spent last weekend throwing up some paint on the walls in the bedroom area (we haven’t tackled the hallway yet). Here are a few before and after shots showing the walls as they’ve looked for the past year. The walls were a really awful salmon color. White-washing things really went a long way towards brightening this space up.

Attic Bed Nook - Before

Attic Bed Nook – Before

Attic Bed Nook - After

Attic Bed Nook – After

Nice, huh? We updated some of the electrical, and mounted a couple new lights right above each bed. There is a new outlet right at the head of each bed, which isn’t exactly the most convenient place for an outlet, but whatever. That’s where the wires were and moving wires around was out of the scope of this project.

Try this before and after on for size:

Attic Bathroom Door - Before

Attic Bathroom Door – Before

Attic Bathroom Door - After

Attic Bathroom Door – After

We didn’t paint any of the doors – we might in the future, but it didn’t seem like the right thing to do right now. These are beautiful solid wood doors, and I haven’t totally ruled out the possibility of stripping them sometime in the future.

How about this one?

Attic Side - Before

Attic Side – Before

Attic Side - After

Attic Side – After

What do you think? The space is almost livable now, right? We don’t have house guests all that often, but when we do, I think they’ll appreciate the updated look.

Attic: Tearing Out Carpet

We’ve started a new project around the house. When we bought the place a year ago, our very first task was to rip up all the carpets and paint all the walls to try and get rid of the cigarette smell. It worked pretty well, but we only did it to the main floor. Since we didn’t really have a use for the upper floor of the house, we didn’t bother to do anything to it.

However, the attic has been getting some use as a guest room, and it still smells like cigarettes and has dirty filthy walls. We want to spruce it up a bit to make it nicer for guests, but we don’t want to put too much effort into it since we know we want to gut the whole floor within 5 years or so.

Our plan is just to pull up the carpets and paint the walls. The walls are in rough shape, and still won’t look that great when we’re done, but they’ll be better. The walls in the upstairs of our house are plywood, and every 4’x8′ sheet is clearly visible through cracks in the paint. We won’t fix this by just throwing up some paint, but it will be an improvement anyway.

So we’ve pulled up the carpet and spent a few hours pulling staples out of the stairs. Here are some before and afters:

Carpeted stairs from below.

Carpeted stairs from below.

After carpet removed from below.

After carpet removed from below.

The original stair treads are in rough shape, but they sure have potential.

Carpeted stairs from above.

Carpeted stairs from above.

After carpet removed from above.

After carpet removed from above.

Glad to get rid of this nasty carpet.

Carpet at top of stairs.

Carpet at top of stairs.

Top of stairs after carpet removed.

Top of stairs after carpet removed.

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Hallway with carpet.

Hallway with carpet.

Hallway without carpet.

Hallway without carpet.

We aren’t sure what to do with the stair treads. They’ll either need to be sanded and re-stained, or painted. For now, we’ll probably just leave them. That’s something we’ll worry about when we finally get around to gutting all the walls.

Stair treads without carpet.

Stair treads without carpet.

Stair landing without carpet.

Stair landing without carpet.

Up next: throw some paint on the walls. We’re still trying to decide if we’re gonna go old-fashioned with paintbrushes and rollers, or if this is the job where we invest in a ┬ápaint sprayer. I’m leaning towards paint sprayer. What do you think?