Attic Progress… And I need your help!

As I shared on instagram, it’s marathon painting week at Maison de Pax.  We’ve primed and painted and painted and painted our laundry room (which sadly, yes, is a project we began months ago).  Hopefully we can organize that space soon to share.  In the meantime, we’ve also stained and whitewashed and painted our new attic space.

whitewashed attic

We are making final decisions on the flooring and hoping to lay that and finish trim this weekend.  My favorite inspiration picture right now has similar whitewashed planks, deep brown floors, and beautiful white, vintage furniture.

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Our current guest bed belonged to my husband’s grandparents.  I refinished the bed several years ago, and it was a LOT of work.  I loved that it was restored to its original glory…

guest bed

And now I’m thinking I’m not a huge fan of that glory. 😉  I’d really like to paint it white.  Probably use milk paint so it can have some beautiful chippy goodness…  Maybe Miss Mustard Seed’s ironstone or grain sack.

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But since it’s a lighter wood, I might need to darken it to have the contrast I’d like.  Which means, of course, more work…

So here’s my question: should I paint the bed?  And destroy all the hard work I put into it before?  HELP!

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  1. I actually like the bed the way it is, and think that it has a nice presence. I wouldn’t paint it; although I am a fan of painted furniture, I do wonder sometimes if we’ve all taken things a bit too far! It seems like everyone is doing the “paint it” thing – why not let the wood stand out with this piece?

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Joyce! It is kind of addictive to paint furniture, isn’t it? I always remind myself that it’s MUCH harder to unpaint than it is to paint. Thanks for the help!

  2. I think you should put it in the room and then decide…. I know, groundbreaking, right!? The wood tone may look great with all the white!

    Btw, so loving your attic space! Our whole upstairs is peaked rooflines that I’m learning to embrace! It’s definitely a challenge to decorate around!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Great idea, Amber. Honestly, we’ve got to have the room at least functional in two weeks because we have friends coming to stay (no time like the present, right?!?!). I don’t think there’s any chance I could paint it before then anyway… It’ll be my experiment! :)

  3. I think you should paint it especially if you are going with that inspirational pic above…dark wood floors and white walls, the orange tones in that would will just stand out. I say paint it dark then ironstone milk paint on top, the end result will be what you really want so do what you know you want to do!! :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Nancy. I agree that the orange tones of the wood are probably what bother me the most… It’s just so hard to undo so much work! 😉

  4. StephanieH says:

    I was thinking to lighten up the other furniture and change to bedding and the chair with prints or flowers. Bring the outside inside. Make it eklectic like nature is. Maybe make a heightened headboard added around what you have. Maybe tufted. Keep the bed the way it is. You did a lot of loving work on it.0:)

  5. Wow, your attic space reminds me of a spread in the March issue of Country Living Magazine. Did you see it? It’s a Victorian cottage makeover. I love your inspiration photo, too. Lovely! I know you attic room will be so pretty when your finished. You’re off to a great start!

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Oh my goodness, that might be the best comment I’ve ever gotten! I’ll have to go check out that issue right now. Thank you so much!

  6. Wow! What an awesome space! Love all the planks , the vaulted ceiling and the whitewashed effect. Gorgeous! Wish I had an attic room, this is so dreamy.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Audra. We’re so excited about the space!! If only we can survive the process. 😉

    • I think you will be happy that you decided to go lighter. We have medium color wood flooring in our home, but everyone that I know that has dark wood has said they’d never choose it again. Just wanted to give you something to think about, that is so much money to spend and then not love it when it’s done! I have always wanted wood plank walls, so I am living vicariously through you, can’t wait to see the finished room!

  7. Love the bed the way it is and wow, I love that room. It is looking amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. This is a fabulous space! My head would be spinning with creative ideas to decorate! I love it. Ok so to paint or not to paint…..while I think it would be great painted and aged…..I also think perhaps a good old dark stain would be great! Everything else could be white or chipping white…texture but the bed could be nice and dark!
    Hope that helps!

    leelee @ paperbagstyling

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    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much for dropping in and for your input, Leelee! It is wonderful and overwhelming at the same time to think about this space – you’re so right! Hope to see you more. :)

  9. This looks great! I would love to refinish our attic one day. What great inspiration.

  10. Don’t touch the bed unless it’s to darken the stain. At least live with it a while before you decide what to do. In the meantime, put a bedskirt on it, a long one going from top of springs to floor, that will cover the sideboards and footboard and change the bedding to coordinate with the bedskirt. Use some painted dressers and nightstands. That might be enough paint in the room.

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thanks, Ann! Those are some great ideas; I can’t wait for the room to be finished so I can start playing. :)

  11. Tough decision, Rachel. It is absolutely stunning the way it is, but I do understand your desire for a painted look. I am going to be no help whatsoever and say that since I have seen some of your other projects, I am sure it will be just lovely no matter what you choose!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      You’re so sweet, Kim. Thank you! I appreciate the encouragement, even if you didn’t have an opinion. 😉 Have a great day! :)

  12. I think you should paint it, even though it’s already beautiful I think it will meld well being light in a lighter space.

  13. I am in LOVE with your attic and your dresser! So rustic – just my kinda style! :)

  14. visiting you from redoux. I would paint it, my husband would be horrified!! I love the idea of dark floors

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Haha! Sounds like your husband and mine are straight out of the same mold. 😉 So glad you came by!!

  15. I love the walls! I would wait until your room is completely finished and then decide. I have refinished my share of furniture and it is a lot of work. I would rethink those dark floors though, they show every speck of dust:(

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Rhonda! You are so right about dark floors; they’re so hard to keep clean!! We actually ended up going with something a little lighter as to match the rest of the house better… I can’t wait to show you. :)

  16. Hi Rachel, now that’s a tough one. To paint or not to paint? You did such a beautiful job restoring it, it looks amazing. Who knows, once you get it in the room maybe the wood frame will look better/grow on you. If it were me, I’d probably see what it looks like in the finished room before deciding.

    I LOVE your white washed walls in the attic, they look AWESOME! and I can only imagine all the work that took. I think I need a nap just looking at it 😉 You really did a great job. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you SO MUCH, Meg! Can’t tell you how much your sweet comment means. :) We actually just moved the bed up there this evening (well, honestly, my husband and father did… I haven’t even been up to see!). Hopefully I can make up my mind once I see it up there!

  17. I have always wanted to have wood planked walls so I am living vicariously through you! I can’t wait to see the completed room!so far, I love it:)

  18. Wow! What a Beautiful space!

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  19. Hello Rachel. My attic looks exactly like yours before renovating. Do you have any information from beginning to end, because I would definitely love to redo our space?

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      That’s a great question, Pam! I don’t currently have a start to finish description right now, but I just may need to put together a post like that. Roughly speaking, we hired someone to do the following: insulate, frame for sheetrock and planks, hang the planks, sheetrock the walls, and put in plywood floors. We then whitewashed and finished out the planks, primed and painted the walls, laid laminate flooring, added trim (baseboards, etc.), and hung doors. I hope this helps and that you are able to makeover your space so you love it!

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