If our house has a theme it is “reclaiming usable space”. It seems to me that a trend with older homes is that there is often space that is unusual or just needs a bit of work to serve as functional living space and our home is no exception. Here’s the story on how we turned an unusable upstairs space into a great play area for Grayson.
It’s pretty obvious that the lighting alone made this area unusable. It was just really dark and scary up there.
And the whole giant air duct coming up out of the floor was just pretty impractical. The floor had a square cut and it was obvious that there was once a floor vent there(where the duct is). The previous owners want the air to direct strictly into the master bedroom so they constructed this odd tree trunk of ducting and then attached flexible ducts that attached to the ceiling and went through the doorway and emptied into the master bedroom. I know it’s hard to picture from my description so just use this picture as a reference and know that it was 10x worse.
The first thing I knew I needed to tackle was the lighting. I picked up a track light system at lowes, The brushed nickel selection was on a pretty deep discount for about $30 so I snapped it up spray painted it oil rubbed bronze and hung it up.
You can already see the huge difference that the lighting makes……you can also see the huge disgusting mess I have going on……no comment.
I was also painting all the trim, bead board and ceiling in Ultra Pure White semi-gloss to brighten the space up.
Once I finished all the painting I carried over the same faux grasscloth that I used in the stairwell makeover. This really helps this whole area seem really connected to the stairwell and helps the hallway to be a cohesive part of the upstairs hall area.
I also detached the “tree trunk” duct work and laid the proper ducts to make this a floor vent once again.
I know it is hard to see in the before pictures but if you look closely you will see a weird trap door. That is a door into the attic area and that creeps me out. I’m not a fan of trap doors, small spaces and weird stuff like that-I start having baby Jessica nightmares. I decided since that little space is beyond the two bedroom doors and the ceiling starts to slope dramatically past those doors that needed to be a little space that was just for Grayson with some kind of low to the ground activity. I hung up the huge white mirror that used to reside in his play-closet before he relocated to a different room. The mirror completely covers the attic door so there is no chance of little guys wandering into the dangers of the attic.
I added a pouf and a rug to define the space, both from Target.
Grayson LOVES hats, so I knew this little space would be perfect for him to try on all his different hats. I hung this cute bar with rubber hooks across from the pouf and it is the perfect hat/mask rack.
I didn’t want to overwhelm this space with tons of toys, after all it is still the hallway to Grayson’s room and the guest room (temporarily our room). I chose some really simple furniture to hold the few toys and books that are kept upstairs. Large bookshelf found here. Small book organizer, Target but no-longer available.
I also wanted a low maintenance rug to bring in some color to tie the whole space together. I found this one at Target on sale.
It was important that me that Grayson had some activities in this space even though he wouldn’t have a ton of toy storage up here. I whipped up a magnet board and chalkboard and hung them on the wall with hooks and screw eyes.
I added a few wall hangings to keep the nautical theme from the stairwell.
The canvas art came in a set of three. I hung them at intervals going down the hallway. The anchor and canvas art came from Target.
I’m pretty excited with how the space turned out, especially seeing where it came from.
We are reclaiming this house one space at a time! Have you taken back some unused space lately?
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