Little Girl to Teen Room Makeover

Little girl to T(w)een room makeoverEek! I finally have time to write about my latest design project: a little girl to t(w)een room makeover! The lucky recipient is my daughter, whom we surprised for her 12th birthday earlier this month.

Off at school, our daughter had no clue her room was undergoing a makeover. My husband and I cleared her room and by the time she came home, her room had transformed from a cute little-girl room bathed in bubblegum pink to a sophisticated, trendy room of gray, white and a punch of turquoise. It is now admittedly one of my favorite rooms in our house. Here’s a little tour.

 

On the walls, I used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray as the overall color. For the chevron accent wall, I chose white (SW Snowbound) and gray with one stripe of turquoise (SW Aquarium). The rest of her room has accents of white and turquoise.

We had a full-sized bed in one of our extra guest rooms, and my daughter would hang out on that bed and read, so we switched beds and moved the bigger one into her room. Interestingly, the bed is actually her old crib, which converts into both a toddler daybed and an adult full-size bed.

Then, the huge project was hanging the swing chair I bought from Pier 1. The chair is meant for a stand, but we wanted it to hang from the ceiling. Fortunately, a friend of mine had hung a chair in her daughter’s room, so she gave me the lowdown on how they did theirs. My husband ended up drilling a pilot hole into the ceiling, only to hit a dreaded metal casing for a beam, so we had to move the hole a few inches toward the window and patch a hole in the ceiling. Fortunately, the latter one worked! We also bought an extension to the chain that comes with the chair because it was too short. This required some white spray paint to match the original chain. The chair now can hold up to 425 pounds, so I think we’re good!

Placing collage art

I found some fun wall decor to make a small collage over her existing bookshelf. To hang a wall collage, I always use wax paper as my template, marking a hole with a pencil where it should hang and then taping it on the wall. It works slick and turns a tedious project into a quick one. This wall took me approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Bookshelf wall after

I then swapped out the pink and green baskets for turquoise and grey containers I found at Target.

Mirror dressing area

A full-length mirror and little sitting area fit perfectly in the empty space between her bed and closet. {We all know soon-to-be-teenage girls love a place to get dressed!}

So what did my daughter think of the room makeover? As she walked in the door off the bus, I told her there was a surprise happening in her room. The paint wasn’t quite finished, but she was indeed surprised! She loves her “new” room and her friends do too. Her favorite reading spot is the chair swing, where she spends countless hours!

Check out the full makeover.

Tween girl room makeover

Transforming my daughter’s room, which I decorated when she was born, is a little bittersweet. But it’s fun to see her grow into a young lady who is kind, helpful, fun, determined, smart and joyful. She definitely fits the sign I placed on her wall, which says: “Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too.”

Happy decorating!

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4 Comments on Little Girl to Teen Room Makeover

  1. Deb Halbach
    June 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Veey cute room but i don’t see how you could get all that psinting done in the short time she was at school much less totally redecorated! Awesome. What a great surprise fir her.

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    • Julee
      June 28, 2016 at 4:33 pm (1 year ago)

      My neighbor is a painter and he painted it all in one day…probably 5-6 hours? He did come back a few days later to do the turquoise stripe, because he wanted to make sure it was all cured before he taped over it. It wasn’t totally decorated by the time she came home either. It took my husband a few hours to install the chair and it’s been a work in progress to find all the things for the walls.

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  2. Shelley Montbriand
    June 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm (1 year ago)

    Super cute Julee! Love the hanging chair!

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    • Julee
      June 28, 2016 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Shelley! It was a fun project!

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