March 29, 2009

Finishing the loft one step at a time

meta monday Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting another Metamorphosis Monday :-)

This is actually a project that’s in mid-metamorphosis. But I’m hoping that posting my three-quarters done project will inspire me to get the last quarter done so I can post it as an official metamorphosis soon :-)

When we moved into our house in December 2001, it was just two years old. So there wasn’t much to change besides yucky paint colours.

There was one major undertaking that I wanted to start on right away, but stubborn hubby insisted that we wait till the mortgage was paid off. He’s very pragmatic and annoying that way ;-) Above the main floor was an amazing but unfinished 500 sq ft loft. Electrical was roughed in, drywall was mudded & sanded, subfloor was installed… I wanted to finish it SO BADLY. And I would have too… except there was one little obstacle in the way—there were no stairs.

before 2 before 5

See that rectangular opening in the ceiling?? That opening taunted me for five years. I walked by it every day, and it laughed at me and mocked me and wouldn’t let me go through it. Mean hole!!

I did go up into the loft a couple of times, after I perfected my levitation skills ;-) No, actually, it required putting a long extension ladder on a basement step and climbing up the ladder and through the hole. Not fun if you’re like me and don’t like heights.

This is what the naked loft looked like:

loft RS  naked 1 naked 3 naked 4 naked 5

Totally sweet space—what a bummer that we couldn’t use it!!

Finally, the magical day arrived in 2007: Stair day!! They came with the staircase all made and ready to install. It was a surprisingly easy and fast job. Well, it looked easy, anyway—I’m sure carrying that sucker and then putting it into place wasn’t a whole lotta fun ;-) The stair guys must’ve thought I was loony, the way I was going on and on about how excited it all was!!

Weeeeehooooo!!!! The staircase is in!!!!

after 2

Next came painting the loft (BM Stone House, but that’s going to change—more on that a little further down). Given the fact that the ceiling is vaulted and the big gaping hole is still there and that I’m a klutz, we hired a painter friend to paint it for us.

Hubby and I installed the floor over the Christmas holidays in 2007. It’s heritage grade walnut in 4” wide planks and random lengths. The hardest part was figuring out the layout of the planks. Because of the variety in grain and lengths, we had to be sure to spread then out equally. It was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle—but with a great big power floor nailer!! Here’s the unfinished floor:


After we installed the walnut, Luigi the flooring guy sanded the floor. The planks had micro-bevels that created small grooves. We wanted the grooves removed so the floor would be smooth. Poor Luigi had a LOT of sanding to do. He said he’ll never do anything like it again!!

The walnut after being sanded and finished in a varathane to bring out the natural colour and grain:floor 

Luigi also stained the oak staircase:


Looking down the stairs from the loft:

done stairs

And now the reason why the wall colour needs to be changed… because we bought a super-comfy sectional sofa. It’s the Charles by Silva. He came from the manufacturer’s warehouse. I think whoever ordered him decided they didn’t like the fabric, so he became a reject. I just had to give him a new home :-)

charles 2 

I know, we totally did this backwards. But I had no idea that we would end up with an orange sectional!! Oh well, what’s a couple more cans of paint and a few hundred dollars to hire a painter?! ;-) Maria at Colour Me Happy suggested BM Shelbourne Buff and Smokey Taupe.

So that’s where the loft stands now—still not finished, but about 75% there. Hubby just bought a projector and we’re going to use the loft as a home theatre/game room. I’m buying these chairs…

circle chair 1 circle chair 2

…and I’m going to refinish them—either paint or stain the wood dark and replace the caning on the seat with upholstered seats. They’ll go around a table for playing cards and board games. We’re going to install a gas fireplace set into a stone wall—something like this, but with a chunky wood mantel:

outback brown2

And this is the railing that hubby’s going to build (I’ve had these inspiration pics for years and have no idea where they came from):

handrail_si25 staircase A

And these are some accessories and cushions I’ve picked up:

So that’s my 75% finished loft metamorphosis. As I mentioned, I’m hoping that showing you the project in progress will inspire me to get it finished soon so I can show you the 100% finished metamorphosis :-)

Speaking of which… don’t forget to head on back to Susan’s where I’m sure you’ll find lots of completed metamorphosises (that can’t be a word!!) Metamorphosisi?? Nope, that doesn’t look right either. Well, you know what I mean!! :-)


Related posts:

Wonderful walnut

Decorating with orange

Would you rescue these chairs?

Fabrics for my “virtual” chairs


Megan {The Brick Bungalow} said...

Looks great! I love the floor!!!

ellen b said...

Hi Kelly! What a great area this is going to be ....SOON! :0) Just wanted to add that little motivation. I love the sectional. It really looks comfy. The stairs and floor are so pretty! I love wood. Looking forward to seeing the 100%.

Lana G! said...

Oh wow what a great room! That sectional is great! Can't wait to see the finished look!

Brillante Interiors said...

Hi Kelly,
Your Loft will be fantastic, I love the choice of floor and "big charles" will be very happy there.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks fantastic...isn't progress great!

janet said...

looking fantastic kelly. If i had this space in my house it would be my kids! lol

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Wow, Kelly...this was sooo much fun seeing all the changes! I know you are thrilled to finally be able to use this awesome space! Love the home theater idea and that rail is going to be gorgeous! Sofa looks very comfy for movies nights! Thanks for sharing for Met Monday! Susan

Nancy Wyatt said...

Kelly! That room is awesome and you did a great job on the MM! I can't imagine walking past that whole for so long knowing that there was a room up there! Love the flooring and sectional! hugs from nancy of Conroe, Tx!

Amy said...

Sweet space is right! Wow, how cool. You have been very patient in waiting to get it done! Looks great.


Maria Killam said...

How fun is that! Loved watching the transformation! I love that orange sofa by the way. Don't forget to repeat that orange colour in the fabric you end up with on the chairs (not like you don't know that).
I can't wait to see the next set of photos!

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

LOL! I was cracking up at your hole in the ceiling comments!!But wow! Your new space looks awesome! You had to live with that hole for 5 years!! I would have gone mad!!! But that's me!! LOL! I was hoping to see what the stairway looks like from the back! You could probably include that in your final pictures. But...I think it is coming together nicely! Great sofa! Was it hard getting it up there?

susan said...

Those stairs really turned out great. This is such a functional space and shows the planning that has gone into it!! Show us the finished product (soon!).

xinex said...

What a lovely room. I can't wait to see it all finished. I like the size, the ceiling and the windows. You did a great job selecting the stairs and floors....Christine

Unknown said...

My, what a busy bee you've been. Lovely work.

Scribbler said...

Wonderful space! I am so happy for you -- we have bonus room, which is where I keep Hubby. You piqued my curiosity, so I looked up the plural of that pesky word -- it is "metamorphoses" with a long 'e' - like 'seize'! How's that? ☺☺☺


susan said...

You are so kind to take them time to "tutor" me. I will definitely give it a try! THANK YOU!

Chloe's Couture said...

What an awesome space! So glad that you are finally getting to use such a great area!!! I can't wait to see pics of the finished fireplace-that stone look is amazingly beautiful!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great post & great room. I can't believe you waited for 5 years. Can't wait to see the complete finished project.

Linda Q said...

Wow this is looking fabulous, will look great all done. Loving the floors and that sofa with the chaise on the end. I want one simular for our family room one day!
Linda Q

Ivy Lane said...

wow! what an inspiration you guys are! I can't wait to see the final reveal..I love that sectional! and also to color! it is really great..and those walnut floors..."I die!"...

Sofia Striffler said...

Wow that is going to be a great space. That would have bugged me too, to have it sit there unused. I love the game room idea. Beautiful hardwood floors. Great job. Thanks for visiting me.

Sue said...

Wow, that is a vigerous project and so beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished results. It is beautiful already and your ideas for the completed room are really pretty.

Michelle said...

IT's going to be great to see it finished. Great walnut colour on the floor...such a forgiving colour...the lack of undertones. Love it.

Marie from M2JL :: STUDIO said...

Good job! That loft is a great space! I'm looking forward to see the final room.

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