Teenage bedroom to grown up space
My teenage stepson chose the loft conversion bedroom when we moved in to our house a few years ago. It was a long dark room with just one small window on the end. Probably a teenage boys dream but now he’s nearly 19 years old, it was definitely time for a revamp. We decided to add two pairs of Velux windows to bring some light into the room. This was an expensive decision but we haven’t regretted it for a minute. It’s turned what was a dark, dingy room at the top of the house in to what now feels like a master bedroom. We also decided to turn it into a nice office/work space for all the family as Luke is going traveling and then onto university. This way the whole family can escape to the top floor when in need of some peace and quiet. It’s bright and has the most idilic views across the South Downs, so the perfect place to concentrate and work.
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For the walls we decided we wanted white. We went to Farrow and Ball in search of the perfect white. This may sound crazy but when you get there you will see how different they all are. Put brilliant white next to them and it actually looks very blue. We went for Wevet, it had a slight warm grey tone to it, which was perfect for such a bright room. We also used this colour on the wood work too, taking it all the way to the floor. We didn't feel there was any need for more lines, there are already so may with it being a loft conversion.
For the floor we wanted to remove the beige carpets and keep the wooden floor as close to it’s Victorian state as we could, which was quite dark with more than a few signs of the 100 plus years of wear and tear. We removed all the old splats of paint (painfully I may add) and then scrubbed the floor with White Spirit. We then stained it with our own mix of Liberon Spirit Wood Dye, 20% Ebony, 40% Georgian Mahogany and 40% Dark oak. Go with the spirit as opposed to the water based. It penetrates so much better and you can build the colour up. And to finish it use Dulux Diamond matt varnish. This is water based and dries really quickly (handy!) and doesn't stink the house out. It's not cheap but it gives a lovely 'waxed', enduring finish.