Attix's Attic

Building my dream craft room

We have Sheetrock!

The building inspector approved the insulation work on Wednesday (that’s the second inspection passed with flying colors — kudos, Hugh!). Then the Sheetrock guys showed up on Friday (several days ahead of schedule) to put up the walls. So here’s my room now — and it definitely looks like a room!


This morning, a different guy is coming over to tape and mud. This is all happening so quickly now — I may have a craft room by the end of July!

Once the taping and mudding is done (it’ll take a couple of visits), Hugh (I’m tired of calling him the contractor — that’s just too pretentious) will spray primer on all Sheetrocked surfaces, and then spray the ceilings. We’ll paint the walls by hand. I’m visiting Sherwin Williams today to look at paint samples. About paint — should I paint the angled walls as ceiling or wall? If I paint them white like the ceiling, will that be too much white? I’ve never seen anyone use a color on angled walls, but I do like my colors.

I’ll let you know what I decide. Stay tuned!

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Insulating is almost done

The irony here is that we’re putting in insulation to make the attic cooler. But until the insulating is done, we can’t cool the attic! It’s been so humid and hot the last couple of weeks that attic work only takes place early on weekend mornings.

We’re almost there, though. And when I say ‘we’ I mean the contractor and our friend Bill. Last weekend I put up 3 or 4 strips, and then had to stop to cough, wheeze, and itch. I don’t like insulation, and it doesn’t like me. So I finished up my contribution by hauling the bales of insulation from the garage to the attic.

The insulation makes the space look even more like a room. I’m getting excited!!


The HVAC guys come on Wednesday to hook up the AC. After that, we give the sheetrock guy a call. I guess I better decide on a paint color.

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Down to the wire

So for the past couple of weekends, it’s been wiring, wiring, and more wiring. Can light fixtures, and wiring. Electrical outlets, and wiring. Light switches, and wiring. Light boxes for chandeliers, and wiring.

I never realized out difficult it could be to decide where to put outlets. You’ve got to decide where you’ll do which type of work, and where cabinets will go, and shelving. Do the outlets go above the cabinets? Below or behind shelves? How many on a wall? Where’s the logical place for a light switch? Do you want all lights to come on with one switch?

That’s a lot to contemplate when you haven’t even bought the cabinets and don’t know how many IKEA Kallax units will fit on the knee wall.

But we’re that much closer to the part I like best — decorating!


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Small steps this week

So the contractor has a question in to the guy who approves the electrical stuff for Granville County. We can’t move forward ’til that question is answered. But the transom window for my room came in yesterday. The transom will let light in from the unfinished side of the attic, where there’s a window that faces the street. We’re trying to let as much natural light in as possible without adding more windows or a skylight. And I found the perfect chandelier at Home Depot. I don’t see it online, so I can’t link you to a picture.

Later that weekend …

The contractor got the transom in on Sunday morning before it got too hot. There’s no trim around the window yet, and I can see that it’ll let in a lot of natural light in a dark corner of the craft room. I’m so excited!


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Nothing new to report

No physical work this week, but lots of searching for the perfect shabby chic chandeliers to hang over the craft table and the sewing table. Work on the attic was derailed (hah! get it? ‘cuz the contractor is building his train room?) for the contractor’s birthday. We’re having friends over this afternoon, and there’s been much cleaning and yard stuff.

Many thanks to my friend John for the new title of the blog. Kudos!

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First blog post ever!

So the attic of our new house is the perfect size for two extra rooms: one for me and one for my husband. I’ll get a craft room at the end of it all and he’ll get a train room. But I only want to talk about the craft room. I’ve been without one for almost two years (I had to pack mine up when we put our old house on the market), and I’m going a bit crazy digging through boxes whenever I need paper or the trimmer or the Cuttlebug or adhesives. And I CAN’T find my clear stamps. Sigh.

My husband (hereinafter known as ‘the contractor’) is doing all the labor; I’m the designer and the decider. LOL.

So far, all of the work has been in the train room, which needed framing; the builder framed my room (not as a favor to me — it just worked out that way). But the HVAC guys have put in all the duct work, so I figured it was time to start the diary.

I’m hoping to be back here once a week. Stay tuned!

The view as you walk up the stairs.

The view as you walk up the stairs. The wall you see faces the street.

This is the view looking back toward the stairs. See the alcove with the nice big window? That's where my sewing machine will go.

This is the view looking back toward the stairs. See the alcove with the nice big window? That’s where my sewing machine will go.

This is the view from the wall that faces the street, looking toward the doorway that separates the craft room from the train room.

This is the view from the wall that faces the street, looking toward the doorway that separates the craft room from the train room.

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