Tween Girl Bedroom


There have been a lot of changes going on around here. Shuffling of bedroom furniture - especially beds. Our new king size bed finally arrived yesterday after waiting three months. As soon as it came in the room, I felt like a grown-up!

So as we starting making changes in my older daughter's room, nothing crazy, just subtle, I thought I would share her room again since it was one of my favorite projects. Her "tween girl room" will now become a teen room.

This where we started…

The first step was to convince her to paint the room white. She said from the beginning she wanted purple, orange, pink, turquoise and green. Instead of having a heart attack, I convinced her that if we had white walls, we would have so much more freedom with color. I am so glad she trusted me on that one!

We decided to take out her dresser and replace it with four lockers. So far it has worked out really great in terms of her having plenty of space to keep things and not have it be total chaos. She keeps both her “stuff” and clothes in the lockers. The lockers are from Ikea - the link is here - but they no longer seem to carry it in the white. They do have it a pretty blue color.

The painting above the bed was the originally launching off point that she chose for the room. I will admit, I would have done a very soft and girly vintage room, but this room is SO her! She saw the painting at an art show and fell in love. It worked out really well that the talented artist is my cousin Greg Amend and he gave us a good deal.

As part of the changes we wanted to include a desk for her to work on. This one had plain fronts so we decoupaged in with NY (and 1 Boston) maps. You can find the desk tutorial here.

My husband (used to!) travels a lot and more and more he travels overseas. The shelves have given a place to display all the neat items he has brought back from different countries. There are prints of Paris and Japan (purchased through ETSY, not brought back), her name written in Chinese, dolls from Russia and Japan, and a photograph taken by my cousin Greg Amend in Belize.

Of course I couldn’t help but add a vintage touch with the globe.

There is still a place for her stuffed animals and her books. She may be getting older (she is now 11 she is now 13), but she still wants her friends near by.

The vintage Trumeau mirror is nice and large and hung so she can use it both as a full length and a close up mirror. I found it at an auction and spray painted it.

“Shine” has been my thing with them for a while, just can’t help myself. She has always really loved the Statue of Liberty, even dressed up as her once for Halloween. I used a replica as an “I” to bring a little bit of NY to the room.

So, there is a little bit of a travel theme, but I tried not to go to far overboard. The M.P. picture is a photograph I took in Paris and created an x-ray photo canvas.

We hung her guitar on the wall instead of it always being in a case – keeps it safer, takes up less room and she is picking it up more now that it is easy to get to. She no longer plays and we are bummed.

And, if you ever wondering where Bailey is when I am taking pictures, here is your answer…

right in front of me!

And here she is in her new room!

The list of all of the sources can be found here.

The tutorial for the bed construction can be found here.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!