From the ground up
Because the texturizing wasn't done particularly well, or with any sense of restraint, it was necessary for me to (once again) borrow a heavy-duty belt sander from my local tool lending library to file down some of the more extreme protrusions. As with the bedroom, it was a very unique workout, lifting a 25 lb. belt sander above my head for several hours- made even more complex by the fact that my attic walls pitch in at an angle about three feet from the floor. Because of the pitched ceilings, and the cramped area of the attic, there were a lot of strange little pockets and junctures where the belt sander wouldn't fit, and that's where I occasionally used a chisel and hammer to get things relatively smooth.
This is, of course, the fun part! I put down two beautiful layers of Lemon Chiffon and the room immediately began to feel more inspired, vibrant, and welcoming. Because I plan on adhering cork tiles to the ceiling for further storage (and also to keep me from bonking my clumsy head on plaster), I only painted vertical wall surfaces, leaving the pitched and horizontal surfaces primed.
My baseboards were sequentially numbered (thank goodness I had the presence of mind to do that!) and stashed around my house. I lugged them all up to the attic and went to fetch the sawhorses my dad "loaned" me ages ago from my backyard. A cranny in one of the sawhorses had become resident to one of the most terrifying things I'd ever seen- you know how the xenomorphs in Alien take on the shape of whatever organism the facehugger impregnates? This was a straight-up alien-spider hybrid. Naturally I did the mature and adult thing and made do with one sawhorse.
Storage in my attic is definitely going to be a challenge- although the square footage itself isn't too terribly small, the pitched ceilings severely limit my shelving and furniture options. Of course, the upside to that is that there is a significant amount of floor space that I'm already unable to walk on due to the angle of the ceilings, so using that floor space for storage doesn't really affect the flow of foot traffic through the room.
As someone remodeling her home on single working lady's budget, I know that the best way to get Ikea furniture is to go on Craigslist and find it for half price. As you can see, I got a jump start on my collection of shelves, and more patient trawling though Craigslist ads will eventually yield a fully-furnished attic at a fraction of the price.
Then, and only then, will I have run out of excuses not to be making fabulous things 24/7. As for now, I'm going to take a hard-earned break, perhaps fixing up my house by simply pulling weeds while sipping a beer in the summer sun.