A Tween Girl’s Bedroom Makeover
My oldest kid, who’s now 11, had been enjoying having a bedroom to herself for a couple of years. But seriously, this tween girl’s bedroom needed attention! Yes, this is what it looked like for a long time!
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A Change In Flooring
To start this tween girl’s bedroom makeover, I pulled up the carpet and then laid down laminate floor boards (maple) over the concrete. It was my first time laying floorboards on my own. But I soon got use to using the drop saw!! Now all the carpet in the house has been replaced with floor boards. To finish it off, hubby glued and nailed skirting to cover the edges of the floating floorboards.
Next the walls and trim were painted in Dulux Hog Bristle (a warm neutral) and Antique White USA. These are the colours we are using throughout the house. The water stains on the ceiling were patched and primed but still on the to do list to paint the ceiling!
My Thoughts On Paint Colours For Kids’ Bedrooms
I prefer my kids’ bedrooms to have neutral wall colours despite the kids’ desire for bright colours. Have fun with the colours and patterns of the accessories and bed linen instead I reckon. The rooms are visually calmer that way and it’s easier to change out decor than repainting walls. So with this room, Miss Tween chose a new doona cover in her favourite colours. Similar to the colour of the curtains and a few other pieces.
Main Piece Of Furniture For Storage
While there were a few changes with furniture, one thing I decided to keep was the second hand pine chest of drawers. Originally a dark brown stain and varnish, it got a makeover. I did keep the original brass handles on it as they were really lovely! Then used that as inspiration to include some gold tones in other parts of the room.
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After a lot of deliberating, about how to make this small tween girl’s bedroom feel bigger and maximise storage, I moved the rest of the furniture out. My daughter started to panic at this point and I had to reassure her that I wasn’t getting rid of everything she owned.
There was a method behind Mum’s madness!!
In such a small space, I was having trouble working out a floor layout that made sense. Less bulky furniture in the room helped with that! In the end, a king size bed with mattress (a freebie), this vintage dressing table below, a small stool and other small bits and pieces, was all that came back in.
I had originally purchased the dressing table for $150 second hand. Mainly because I thought it was so pretty! But also with the intention of reselling it. I think it has a walnut burr veneer and I am drawn to anything that has Queen Anne style legs. I liked that there was quite a bit of drawer storage in it too. It had been sitting in my carport for a long time. Maybe secretly I didn’t really want to part with it.
So in my daughter’s room, it actually functions as a desk area most of the time and a dressing table occasionally. I love that she gets to enjoy a piece of furniture that has history and is beautiful as well! At the moment Miss Tween uses a spare dining room chair as a desk chair. But eventually we will get a chair that is adjustable in height and fits the style of the room better.
Tip For Small Rooms: Keeping the floor space open with your furniture choices will make the room feel and look more spacious than it actually is.
When Miss Tween and I were moving around furniture to see what things would look like in the space, we accidentally broke one section of the beautiful dressing table winged mirror. Until we get a new mirror custom made for it, the space now displays family photos.
Going Wardrobeless (Is There Such A Word?)
None of the bedrooms in our house have built in storage. So that means using a free standing wardrobe, drawers or tall cupboards instead. In the past, I had a wardrobe in this room but it used up a lot of floor space and made the room look and feel poky. This time I decided to put a wooden vintage hat rack on the wall for hanging my daughter’s dresses on instead of a wardrobe. It has worked really well so far!
Can you believe the vintage hat rack above was a freebie I originally picked up off kerbside?
Explanation for those living in a non kerbside part of the world. Kerbside bulk rubbish collection is where households in our area put their large rubbish items out the front of their house once a year. The local council then comes and collects it all, and disposes of it in landfill. All the better if someone else’s rubbish is able to be repurposed!
The vintage oak shelves above were a later add on to this tween girl’s bedroom. I had originally been using them for storage in the laundry room. However they were no longer needed there! So on the way to add them to my donate pile I walked past Kalyani’s room and spotted the space above her chest of drawers. Whatta you know? The shelving makes great storage for my daughter’s favourite books! Especially important for one who constantly has her nose in a book. And I love that it provides a limit to how many favourite books she can keep!
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Decorating Tip: Shop the house first before going out to buy new items for your kids’ bedrooms. What do you already have that you could use for storage or decor in their room?
How To Make Posters Look Pretty
One thing I was adamant about, was not having posters blu-tacked onto the painted wall. Especially after spending way too much time, getting off the remnants of hardened blu-tack from her previous poster displays. So the compromise was having two DIY pin up boards for her to display whatever she liked on them.
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The one above the head of her bed originated from foam packing material from a new oven I had delivered last year. I glued it to a cheap canvas print frame from Kmart and covered it with scrap cloth I already had. Total Cost = $5.
The other display board was an old wood poster frame I picked up of kerbside. Another freebie!! I simply gave it a good clean and painted it in white. Then drilled a few holes through the backing board, threaded some rope through and tied at the back. Totally Cost (for the miniature pegs and rope) = $6
Decorating Tip: It’s all in the details. I bought little gold love heart brads from a local scrapbooking shop to use on the first pin up board. Another way to have a bit of gold in the room.
More Vintage Finds
As you may have noticed, a lot of the furniture and decor in this tween girl’s bedroom is second hand or freebies. One reason is because I am decorating on a small budget. A bigger reason is that I like the look of old things, over newer MDF products. I also think why not reuse and re-purpose as a first option to buying new. That way there is a whole lot less stuff going into landfill. Even if something is not perfect to begin with, it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of glue and paint!
The sheer curtain behind the block out curtains was second hand. Less than $10 from my local op shop or thrift store. Originally I had tried using a bamboo blind there because I liked the look in bedrooms I had seen online. In reality it was a pain to roll up and down, and way too fiddly. The sheer curtain was a much better option! It just hangs and looks pretty, hiding an ugly fence outside! The curtain was initially too long for the window. I simply cut the extra length off the bottom with a pair of scissors after I had hung it. I haven’t bothered to hem it!
The pendant light shade (see photo below) I picked up for $4 secondhand too. When I bought it, it was wrapped in miles of black sheer ribbon. However I wasn’t really after the night club look and I wanted it to have a warmer, gold look! So I removed the ribbon and covered the black metal frame with gold spray paint. Then, after failed attempts to cover it with fiddly gold ribbon I had purchased, I used some of the sheer curtain material. I cut it up into large wide strips and wrapped up the frame. The glass drops were re-attached and using a DIY screw in pendant kit from Bunnings, up it went.
This is a real life photo. No cleaning up for it!
My Favourite Room
I tease my daughter about moving into her newly made over bedroom. While I was joking with her, I do think this room has become one of my favourite rooms in the house. It has a feeling of rest and sitting on the bed, there are so many beautiful and interesting things to look at. While this is a tween girl’s bedroom right now, I can see it being appropriate too for a teenager in a few short years to come. Oh my goodness, I don’t want to think about that yet!
By the way, this is a real life photo. No cleaning up for it!
Sometimes beautiful and functional spaces just happen!
That is, we have the all the ideas and pieces from the start and it all just works.
Other rooms evolve time! (My way of decorating is definitely more the second.)
Yes, this bedroom took its time but thankfully I think it’s pretty much arrived now!