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.
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.
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).
- We spray painted many things that we already had in our home. We used Valspar Lacquer Black Spray Paint, Valspar Pink Burst High Gloss Spray Paint, and Valspar Lacquer Black Spray Paint
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
- 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.
- 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.
- I created the two predominantly pink pictures in her gallery wall. The picture of the pumps and jeans, as well as the back of the head are photos we took and ran through Waterlogue...one of my favorite apps. The print of the black pumps with blue jeans and the watercolor with gold leaf print are available on Society6.
- We fixed, repainted and reupholstered a rather sad bench to create the gold, fuzzy glam bench at the end of her bed.We sewed many pillows.
- We re-covered the seat cushion on her love seat
- I paper mache-d the faux ram trophy head in her gallery wall.
- We purchased the black and white duvet cover. In truth, we didn’t spend much for this redo. Paint and labor were the biggest investments in this room.
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.
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