I honestly did not think this day would ever come. The seemingly simple task of making over my 14 year old daughter Abby’s bedroom turned into ..well..anything but simple. Prior to this endeavor I was pretty laid back when it came to our kid’s rooms. I wanted their little spaces to be all about them. If that meant a Disney Princess poster, Thomas the Train Bedding Set, cheesy plastic doll house … then so be it.
So you can imagine how excited I was when Abby came to me and asked if I would give her” little girl” room a “big girl” makeover. I wrote about the initial highs and lows of working together and the art of compromise here. This was not about her turning everything over to me with a “Mom go for it.. I totally trust you and know it will turn out amazing.” Even though I initially wanted to pull my hair out, we ended up spending lots of quality time together. It was so cool witnessing how she developed her own unique sense of style and how her confidence grew stronger and stronger after each decision she made.
Abby knew right from the start that she wanted to create a large gallery wall that would be the focal point of the room. It was the first project we tackled, and this post goes through the entire process. Every piece was carefully chosen to reflect her passions and personality. If there was something that she wanted and couldn’t find I did my best to design it myself. You can find the art sources and get the links to the Free Printables I created here. The pink and white striped curtains are part of Target’s Pillowfort collection and are made from a heavy, thick cotton and are very high quality for a reasonable price.
Unfortunately we did not have much of a budget to work with for this room and that’s why it took so long to wrap it up. I waited for items to go on sale and made many of the art and accessories myself. In the real world not many people have a huge chunk of cash on hand that enables them to put together a room in a weekend…and honestly, what’s the fun in that? As I do with all of my clients the first thing I did for this project was put together a Mood Board. You can read more about my affordable design services here.
We were able to stay within our budget by purchasing the desk/vanity, desk drawers, desk chair, dresser, shelves and night stands from Ikea. The platform bed was a great deal at Overstock.com. It’s no longer available but the same exact bed is listed on Amazon for the same price here. I also was able to keep the budget down by doing lots of fun DIY projects that I will be sharing with you in subsequent posts.
the drumroll please….
I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the room came together. The palette is sophisticated and serene with the light gray, powder blue, creamy whites, and gold accents but there are punches of pink and black that add the perfect amount of youthfulness for a fifteen year old. The pair of brass lamps on the nightstands have been featured are all over blog land and can be found here at Target. The “Amour” pillow is from Target and is listed here. The baby blue faux fur lumbar pillows are my favorite part of the whole bedding ensemble. We got them from Target but sadly they are no longer available. The light gray faux fur pillows I purchased from Home Goods a few years ago. The mini gray storage ottomans at the foot of the bed are so versatile and can be tucked into the smallest of spaces. Abby uses them to store her numerous mini cross body bags and her fluffy bed slippers. The full/queen down comforter was the best deal of all! I grabbed it from the Home Goods clearance rack for $29.99!
These adorable pillowcases from Target were a last minute addition and ended up being Abby’s favorite part of the entire room. The eyelash case is listed here and the Wild & Free case is here . The precious mini gold heart bed sheets are super soft and cuddly and are part of the Pillow Fort Collection at Target.
Both pieces of artwork over the nightstand were DIY projects…no artistic talent required whatsoever.
The top piece is simply a lyric from one of my daughter’s favorite songs by Taylor Swift that I created in Pic Monkey and framed.
The bottom art is probably the easiest little project that ever was…I just made tiny black polka dots with a black sharpie on a piece of heavy cardstock and framed.
Adding a big splash of color to the space, is an oversized piece of art over the bed. I originally wanted to make an oversized piece of chalkboard art but Abby really loved and wanted one of Oliver Gal’s “Fashion Series” prints. Her Grandmother surprised her with this piece so that’s what we went with of course! This gold “Shine” garland I picked up at a Pottery Barn Kids store in the clearance section. It’s no longer available but you can find a similar version here . The dog print I purchased years ago from Home Goods.
And then there is this little peanut with her little swimmies and bob haircut…fast forward and she is now a teenager..Where does the time go?
The addition of the Overlays to the Ikea Malm Nighstands really made them look like pricey custom pieces. We just spray painted the ‘Jasmine” panels with Rust-Oleum silver metallic paint and glued them on the drawer fronts with a little Liquid Nails.
My daughter has been loving her new vanity. When she first saw the Ikea Alex Desk she really wanted it in the original white color. I love the look of the classic white but thought the new gray option was unique, plus would not show all the grimy makeup prints that always seem to end up everywhere. We added the matching Alex drawer unit next to it in order to store all of her makeup and hair care stuff. The Ikea Tobias Chair is hidden under the faux sheepskin throw but the sleek clear seat and chrome legs were perfect for this spot.
I surprised Abby with this little DIY project.
I transformed a nasty looking cake stand into this sparkly pedestal tray that’s perfect for her perfume bottles and other girly essentials. You can read about the details and the full tutorial here. I designed the “Blend Blend Blend” art and it’s available as a free printable here.
It’s really amazing how much money you can save by creating your own artwork. I get the biggest kick out of taking thrift store cast offs and transforming them into something special. This double heart art is a perfect example…
I ditched the ugly art that was originally in the frames, hand painted the pink and blue hearts, and spray painted the brassy gold frames a pretty rose gold hue. I wrote about the makeover in this blog post. Also do you see the cute little switch plate next to the heart art? We fancied up all of them in the room by “modge podging” wrapping paper on them.
This Lucite Initial Tray was another easy DIY. It’s the perfect “catch all” for the many tiny trinkets that all teen girls seem to love. Look for the full tutorial soon in an upcoming post.
I think my favorite DIY project for this room is this gold polka dotted lamp. It was another Goodwill treasure that was transformed and modernized with the help of a little white spray paint and a metallic gold paint pen. It looks like it came right out of a” Land of Nod” or “Pottery Barn Teen/Kids” catalog.
The above little shelving area is tucked into the clothes closet. The knob plaque, floral arrangement, white deer bust, and owl were all purchased from the Home Goods clearance section. Most of these items had to be “tweaked” somewhat to fit in with the room décor but the prices were so low I couldn’t pass them up. I painted the deer’s silver antlers rose gold, the green knob hanger a glossy gray, and the silver owl was spray painted metallic gold. In the near future I would like to paint the white shelving brackets a metallic gold to dress them up a tad. Abby currently wasn’t on board with that one so I had to let it go…
In order to free up some floor space in her room we decided to take her closet doors off and tuck her Ikea Malm dresser into the closet. The dresser holds most of her clothing but we still needed to create a space for her hanging clothes. We accomplished this by hanging two tension rods in the side recessed portion of her closet that previously was wasted space.
I would like to add some pretty hardware to the dresser drawers and hang curtains to frame the closet entrance. I keep finding little changes and updates that in my mind still need to be done to “complete” and “finish” off the room…I was making myself crazy so I decided to “bite the bullet”, call this room done for now and post the big reveal. I will post any new additions to the room as they come up.
This jewelry display case was the first DIY project that I did for Abby’s room. I found an old shadowbox frame at my local Goodwill and painted it the same gray as the walls. I then cut a piece of fabric and used spray glue to attach it to the inside of the frame box. I added ribbon to give the edges a more finished look and then screwed in a few crystal knobs to hang the jewelry from. Simple, easy, functional and so cute!
I really hope you loved our Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover as much as we did. I will be sharing with you all of the tutorials to the DIY projects in various posts in the very near future. Just for the record none of the items in this room were given or donated to me by any sponsors. I think it’s fabulous for bloggers who have reached that level and are given such generous freebies. Who knows what my future will entail but for now I wanted to show my readers that anyone can pull together a show stopping room with the littlest budget and lots of patience, imagination and creativity.