One of the things we love about a Cape Cod floor plan is the large amount of unfinished space that is usually labeled for storage or attic, that is easily converted to usable space and is not expensive to do so since all the bones are all there.
When we bought this house last fall there was only one room on the second floor, a large bedroom with its own full bath and a large walk in closet. The rest was all unfinished storage.
My middle daughter is the only one that did not have her own space to retreat to when she needed time away from her siblings to watch TV or play. My oldest has his own dedicated family room outside his room and the youngest has her own playroom and largely wins most battles over the main family room TV. The easiest way to give my middle daughter her own space was to finish part of the unfinished storage.
My husband had to remove the existing floor so we could insulate the floor and raise the floor to be even to the hall and room across the hall. The ceiling beams also were raised to allow for a higher height at the center of the room.
I know the look I was going for and I didn’t want the standard short walled finished bonus room look, I wanted wood panels on the wall but not the panels of the 70’s and 80’s
We went to Lowes to pick the paneling, my choices were limited bead-board and flat paneling very reminiscent of the 80’s so we walked over to the lumber department and I saw exterior barn siding and fell in love.
I know I didn’t want it to stay brown. I had gone back and forth between all white and painting it with various colors to give it a reclaimed wood look. I found this picture on Pinterest and used it as my inspiration wall.
So out came my favorite paints, Annie Sloan Chalk paint. These boards sucked up the paint like a sponge and I was afraid to go to heavy at first, here was the first go round of paint. It is just different amounts of pure white and then random boards of Provence. The look was close but not quite what I was looking for.
I then went a little heavier on the Pure white, added some random boards of Old white, and a little French linen dry brushed on a few boards.
Finally I got the look! Next was the lighting. My daughter wanted something fun but still feminine and we knew just the light. The Ikea Maskros. Also known as the Ikea daisy or Ikea dandelion light, due to the flower like shapes. This light comes in two sizes a 36 inch diameter and the 22 inch. This is the 22 inch the 36 inch is huge as it is the 22 is big in its own right.
The carpet was next, and easy choice the same carpet that is in the only other room upstairs for a seamless transition.
Now before we even started the room we had looked at websites, scoured over Pinterest and Houzz pictures of attic bedrooms and went shopping at our usual favorites, PB teen, and Pier1. While in pier1 we saw their Swingasan. We all knew that had to be in the room. In fact when my husband did the framing he made sure there was an extra piece of horizontal beam just specifically to bolt the swing to the ceiling. They do sell stands, but we wanted this to be a part of the room, and we knew we would be dealing with limited ceiling heights. The pillows are also from Pier1.
We also knew this would need to be a great sleepover room. We then chose the Ikea Hemnes Daybeds, and a few other pieces of furniture to pull the room together. You really can’t beat Ikea for the price and the function.
Now all that was left was furniture and decorations.
I had been to Homegoods, Pier1, WorldMarket, Target, Michaels and Ikea and really hadn’t found what I was looking for for table lamps so I stopped into Hobby Lobby and the rest of the room just fell into place with one word. YELLOW! Not only did I find lamps but a few cute accesories, which then led me back to Pier1 for the pillows on the swing and rocker – when I shop it is just like those books “If you give a mouse a cookie”
For her bedding we had all but decided on the crinkle puff bedding from PB teen but at the last minute I thought the pool color was not quite right, off to the internet we went and found the following set at Kohls and then even less expensive at Overstock. I am really impressed with the quality.
So four and half months it is finally done and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! My daughter loves it and so does her little sister 🙂
Wall colors-Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Pure White, Old white, Provence, and French Linen
Furniture- Ikea Hemnes Daybed and nightstand
Ikea Kallax Bookshelves and Nittorp TV stand
Pie1 Swingasan swing and pillows, pillows are also in the wicker rocking chair that we have had since her nursery days
Bedding -Bali from Madison Park.
Accessories can be found at Homegoods, Hobby Lobby and Target.