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Today I’m giving you a glimpse at an area of my home that I love and hate at the same time – my finished attic.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having the useable space, but that’s exactly my issue….we’re really not using it to its fullest potential!  I have a vision of what this space could become and as you’ll see, it’s not even close to being there just yet.  Notevenclose

We own a two-story home and most of the upper story has vaulted ceilings, including my bedroom, so attic space in our home is very minimal.  Our attic access was actually through our master bedroom closet and the previous owners finished the floors/walls and added lighting so that the attic essentially became a small room off of the master.  In fact, since it’s behind our closet no one really knows it’s there.  We jokingly refer to it as our panic room.  ;)

Here it is in all its glory…

A diamond in the rough!  Finished attic space just waiting for a makeover!

As you can see, we just use it for random storage and since there’s not really any type of storage system in the room, everything is in boxes on the floor.  {Note the fire escape ladder sitting there…that’s not going to do me any good in an emergency, is it?!}

I had visions of making this an exercise room and so we wired it for a TV when we were redoing the master, but I’m sure you can tell from the layers of dust on the treadmill and the wires hanging out of the wall that this was a case where I though having a place to exercise would inspire me to do it {wrong!}.   And goodness!  Look at all of those unused picture frames I’ve accumulated over the years!!!

A finished attic exercise room in need of some TLC!

 

We did get all of our paperwork and books organized with these GALANT cabinets from IKEA that fit perfectly into the small side of the room, but now that they’re full, I’ve just been randomly stacking things on top! That can’t be good…Tidbits&Twine IKEA Cabinets in Attic Storage

 

You can’t quite get a sense of the size of the room from these pictures alone since I’m standing on one side in order to take the photos, but the room measures about 12′ x 15′ with the tallest part of the ceiling almost 9′ and the lowest at 4′.  While the roofline doesn’t make it idea to use for everything, there are still lots of options and lately, I’ve tried to envision how it could be better utilized.

My fashionista friend is dying for me to make it a walk-in closet/dressing room.  Perhaps something like this?

Sloped Ceiling Walk-in Closet via Kentron Custom Builders
{via Kentron Custom Builders}

 

My hubby would love for it to be quiet lounge where he can escape and relax.  I’ve looked at a few ideas for that as well and can imagine that it would look great.  This ceiling treatment is really amazing, isn’t it?

Cozy attic lounge with painted ceiling
{via Home and Garden Design Ideas}

 

But really, we need more storage and so, it would be best utilized as a storage/work space.  I have a ton of extra home decor that is currently crammed under every bed and in every closet but it would be nice to have it all contained in one area.  I also have a lot of craft supplies that don’t really have a home so perhaps they could go here, too.  But it’s not just me that has stuff to store!  My hubby sells vintage action figures and his inventory is getting out of control!

If we turn it into a storage area with a work space, I’m envisioning something along the lines of this.  {Okay, I realize I don’t have a window or a chandelier but a girl can dream!}

Finished attic craft room storage area
{via Apartment Therapy}

 

And I love the bookshelves built into the angled wall:

Finished attic office and book nook
{via Pinterest}

 

And I would love to add some interest {and skylights} to the ceiling.  Maybe some rustic planking like this:

Charming Bedroom with Sloped Planked Ceiling
{via Good Housekeeping}

 

Or maybe bring in some wood tones like this:

Pottery Barn Office
{via Pottery Barn}

 

 

What do you think?  If you had this little diamond in the rough, what would you use it for?

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