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Bedroom Ideas: From Tween to Teen Room

I’ve been posting over the past 2 months the projects that have been bits and pieces of Kate’s new bedroom. This has been a fun project for us to do together.  Kate gathered all the new bedroom ideas herself and then funneled her final decisions to me.

So, a mere 2 months after we started, I think we are just about done with her bedroom.

Before we get to the good stuff, let’s look back at where we started. It wasn’t awful, but it always felt a little mish mash…like there wasn’t a cohesive plan.  The color was chosen when Kate was in 6th grade aka ‘middle school’.  She was ready for a new color and a more mature-feeling room.

Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.

I neglected to get a photo of her bulletin board before we took the frame off of it.  This bulletin board ‘system’ was purchased from Pottery Barn Teen, 7 years ago.

bulletin before

It’s a great bulletin board system, allowing you to customize how many chalkboard panels, cork panels or magnet panels you want and what colors.  She chose the colors to coordinate with her color scheme at the time, which is going to change a bit now.  

So, here’s what we did…Bedroom Ideas: From Tween to Teen Room

  • We painted her walls white.  It took two coats to cover that aqua even though the paint was a ‘one coat’ paint.  We used Behr Marquee Simply White (a Benjamin Moore color).

Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.

For what it’s worth, I’m not sure if it was because of the high humidity when we did our spray painting, but the Valspar kind of bubbled on the desk.

We ended up sanding those spots and spray painting them with a primer and then re-coating them with the Valspar lacquer.   We didn’t have any problems with the iron bed.

  • We spray painted her iron bed gloss black
  • The desk, which was black before, got another coat of the gloss black and the handles were spray painted gold
    Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.
  • We spray painted the frame around her bulletin board in the gold.  It was previously white.  We also recovered the two aqua panels using the black  & white damask cotton print fabric.
    Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.
  • We spray painted two lamps and her chandelier. One that was in my dining room is now on her nightstand and the gold desk lamp used to be silver
  • The ‘Enthusiasm does not mean ease’ (above), her gold initials and the gold state of NC (below) were gifts to Kate from a good friend of hers at graduation.  Such a sweet and meaningful gift.
  • The mirror, large K and frames on her gallery wall were existing items that we spray painted gold.
Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.
Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.
Bedroom Ideas to take a tween girl bedroom to a teen room. DIY interior design ideas.
From Tween to Teen: Bedroom Renovation. Decorating Ideas for a Girl's Bedroom.

This chandelier used to be a pale pink and green and then we painted it silver. You now know that I wasn’t exaggerating when I’ve said in the past that I’ll paint just about anything.  

From Tween to Teen: Bedroom Renovation. Decorating Ideas for a Girl's Bedroom.

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  1. Lynn the room looks really great. Very pulled together and cohesive. I love all of the little details you have paid attention to. I also redid my daughter’s room a few months ago but she would not let me paint everything I wanted to. Your girl was much more cooperative. The room is very pretty with the three primary colors. As for the chandy, my first choice would be black.. Of course, you know I’m a fan of black.

    1. Hi Mary, thanks for the compliments and thanks for the vote. Actually, I really wanted to do Navy blue instead of black, but Kate was set on the black, so I did have to defer to her. And I wanted to do some other fun things to the desk that she shot down. But by and large, we were in agreement. It does make it easier.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Ilka! I’m so glad I finally found you! And thanks for stopping by. I’m loving how it all turned out, it really was a fun project though.

      Wishing you a great weekend,

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. The room is so tastefully done, and absolutely gorgeous! I am obsessed with gold right now, so I would probably paint it gold, but the pink would pop! Hard decision! Whatever you decide will be beautiful, I’m sure.

    1. Thanks Sherry..I’m kinda right with you. Leaning gold but really tempted by the pink. Very much appreciate your input.

      Wishing you a great weekend!


  3. The room looks great! I’m leaning towards gold for the chandelier. It will balance really well from any angle with the gold “K” and the the table lamp.

  4. It’s nice to see the whole room in its entirety! You really have worked hard and have the awesome results because of it. My vote is gold!

  5. The room looks amazing! You are so good at redoing old items and making things like fresh and new. I’m also really impressed with the paper mache rams head. That is no easy feat!! It all ties in really well and has a great balance of the color palette. I’m torn between black and gold for the chandelier. I want to say black because I think that would be bold and different. But, at the same time it’s really close to the concentrated amount of black in the bed area. So, I would vote gold. I think it’d keep the balance really well. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  6. The room is beautiful, Lynn! Makes me think of my granddaughter. I painted a wall mural on a wall when she was younger, then they moved and now she has that tween room, but she’ll be 13 this summer and I know it’ll change again in a few years. Anyways, does Kate have any thoughts on the chandelier? I’m thinking either all gold or pink with a touch of gold. And I love the ram!

    1. You are so right Carrie, Kate and I had some great times planning and working on her room and that is the best part! Thanks for reminding me. And I need to give Kate all the credit for the colors and textures she chose.

      Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday,

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Another vote for gold…think that’s going to be the winner. Thanks for swinging by and for chiming in with your vote.
      Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday!

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Celeste…thanks for the compliments. We are very pleased with how it turned out. Has pops of color, but not too busy.
      Thanks for swinging by today, Lynn

    1. Hi Sadhna, you are so kind with your words. I’ve been a DIY-er and crafter for ever as both my grandma and mom were…it’s what I love to do, so your compliments are so appreciated. Thanks for coming by to visit today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. i absolutely love this! the glam ram is the coolest! :p what I think is fantastic is how you repurposed so many things and gave them a new lease on life and it all looks amazing!!

    1. Thanks Charlotte! The Glam Ram is one of my favorite things about the room…so glad Kate thought of it. And I’m all about re-purposing. AFter de-cluttering my home earlier this year, I am loathe to bring stuff back in.
      Thanks for stopping by to visit.

      Happy Tuesday, Lynn

    1. Thanks Shanna. I’m with you, I’d love to have it as my bedroom. Rather the perfect combination of calm and fun. Thanks for stopping by today…Lynn

    1. Black and Gold…got it! Think I’m leaning gold, though that pink is still calling me. Really appreciate you chiming in.

  8. Hello Lynn! I finally get to check out your daughters beautiful bedroom in full screen instead on my phone while out and about. Way better this way! How beautiful it all turned out Lynn! I like the colour scheme, the pink & gold is beautiful and while I’m not a black fan I must say it really looks great in this combi, the bed is stunning and all the little black accents here and there make it really a teen~girls~and~up~bedroom! Love it! I vote for a matte gold for the chandelier! Have a great day, will be watching the latest WD later on! Hugs!

    1. Welcome home Katrin. Did you have a ball? I know you did by your photos.
      Thanks for commenting on Kate’s room and chiming in on your color vote. Think that’s what I’m leaning towards. It was fun to do but I’ll be glad to put it to bed…no pun intended! Watching HD tonight!

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Brittney…thanks so much for swinging by today and dropping a kind comment. I’m pretty tickled with how the room turned out as well…it may be the most ‘put together’ room in the house, for sure. So the gold…hmmm…that seems to be the most popular vote thus far.

  9. Man, the room turned out so cool! All of it. Kate may not want to leave home, or you’ll have to help her move it to her new abode when she grows up all the way! I wouldn’t want to leave it! BTW, I would go with pink for the chandelier! I know, crazy right? But check out this post by Jenna at 24 Cottonwood Lane, she did coral and I just love it! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, I know I’ll love it!!! http://24cottonwoodlane.com/2014/01/13/bedroom-chandelier/

    1. Hi Nikki…and here’s the rub…that pink chandelier is calling to me…all.the.time. I so want to paint it pink! But…the practical side of me is trying really hard to tamp it down. What hasn’t been said is that we are planning to put the house on the market in a matter of months and while I don’t think someone wouldn’t buy because it has a pink chandelier…there’s that whole…neutral colors sell best frame of mind. But I need to do something soon because the silver is just…yuck.
      Thanks for swinging by today!

      Hugs, Lynn

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  11. What a great update! I am sure you and your daughter had a wonderful time working on the project together! I think to add a touch of the pink in the chandelier up high would be fun. You know you can always re-paint it if you choose! Thanks so much for sharing over at Celebrate Your Story!

    1. Hi Chloe, thanks for your vote. I do love the idea of the pink chandy…and you’re right, it can always be repainted! Thanks for coming by and visiting today. Hugs, Lynn

    1. Pink! That’s what I’m leaning towards as well. If it’s too much it could always be repainted…right?
      Once again, thanks for swinging by and leaving your comment and your vote! It means alot.
      Hugs Lynn

  12. Hi Lynn, I know it’s really last minute and you probably already painted the chandelier but I have an idea for you. I think you should do the main part black, the candles pink and the candle cups and accents gold. If you don’t want to do all of the taping off, you can use plastic wrap to cover the areas while your not painting them.

    1. Holy cow…what a great idea. I did paint the whole thing pink several months ago, but…there’s no law that says it has to stay that color…right? Thanks Shawna and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

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