Attic Playroom Conversion

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Project by Terry Burks posted 08-01-2010 04:12 AM 8065 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our house has 3 good size walk in attic spaces. One is filled with mechanical equipment (HVAC, water heaters, etc.), one I have outfitted for the storage and the third was unused. My wife had the idea of converting it into a playroom for our girls (12 and 7 years old). The biggest challenge was all of the drywall finishing and texturing since I have done little of this but after this project I’m feeling much more confident. I must admit that choosing a room with this many odd angles was probably not a good place to cut my teeth on drywalling. The space had two separate levels so naturally we had to add a slide for the girls. My favorite part of the project was the built in bookshelves and cabinets. I love doing that sort of built in finish work. We used simple carpet squares for flooring which will be great if any get damaged or stained. We ordered extras which we can use by just peeling up the damaged one and replacing it. I put a hidden bookshelf door on the entrance (see separate project) to add some intrique to the room. The last picture shows the before picture (Note the pre-existing round window). My girls just love it and so has everyone who has seen it. Nothing makes a project more satisfying than completing something for those you love.

-- Terry - Willis, Texas

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#1 posted 08-01-2010 05:00 AM

no wonder they love it there, it’s awesome!

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 05:08 AM

How cool is that?
I bet they love it.

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 05:45 AM

Great use of space. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 08-01-2010 01:09 PM

Nice place to get lost

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-01-2010 02:42 PM

This is a really fun room. Your girls will have many hours of hidden fun in it as well. You can do drywall at my house any time.

Great job.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 02:43 PM

What’s not to like, I would have loved to have had something like that when I was a kid. How many kids can say they have a slide in their upstairs playroom. Well done.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 08-01-2010 03:11 PM

this is very well done for a first shot in drywall making
I have seen some of the worst job done on straight walls by proff.
where the painters has to redo all the walls with lots of smoothingplastre
and your finishwork ain´t bad either
you can be proud of that room and I like your hidden door to it

take care


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#8 posted 08-01-2010 03:15 PM

Wow, that is some drywall job! Yikes! I’m generally very comfortable with drywall and that would have made me nervous.. :) You did good.

I bet the girls LOVE it. I know I would have at their age.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 08-01-2010 03:40 PM

I’m having trouble visualizing where the hidden bookcase entrance to this room is. Can you point it out, or take a picture? Anyway, great idea and great work!

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#10 posted 08-01-2010 04:06 PM

Johnston ad the end of the slide where the stair is
you can see the stair from the other side if you look
at the other project post with the hidden door :-)

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#11 posted 08-01-2010 05:23 PM

Terry, That’s a wonderful project. I really like all the attention to every little detail. My favorite (besides the hidden door/bookcase) is the unique way you incorporated the step for the slide on top of the air vent. You had a great vision for this room and pulled it off perfectly. I’m sure your girls love it and love showing it off to all their friends. Great job.

-- John @

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#12 posted 08-02-2010 04:27 AM

JJohnston, sorry I didn’t have a better picture showing the bookshelf from the inside of the room. If you notice on the bookshelf project pics, the picture of the bookshelf open shows some winding steps behind it that lead up to the room. I had to put steps since this attic space was about 40 inches above our upstairs flooring. This is because this attic space is above our formal dining area that has a vaulted ceiling. The first picture taken of the inside of the playroom is taken from me standing on these winding steps (which I made from solid red oak). This is just to the right of the top of the slide. I hope this helps.

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

-- Terry - Willis, Texas

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 04:28 AM

huff, thanks for noticing the integrated step for the slide. That was one of my favorite ideas that I incorporated.

-- Terry - Willis, Texas

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 02:09 PM

Okay, now that I know, I can see a tiny sliver of doorway in the fifth picture, right beside the first aid kit (?). I can also see the built-in cabinets through the doorway in the pictures of it.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#15 posted 08-03-2010 07:16 PM

That is super cool. Your kids got some cool parents. ;)

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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