Yes, my daughter’s growing up, and part of that growing up meant she was ready to change her pink bedroom!
I was very sad about this, as I found myself painting Abby’s bedroom bright lime green and aqua chiffon one night at about 7 pm. I thought about all of the “pink” pillows and blankets and cute girly trinkets that she had once had in her bedroom. All of the fun she’s had in her bedroom with her friends, and with Polly Pockets, Littlest Pet Shops, American Girl dolls, and her glass collection.
Abby had reached a hard-earned goal, one that I promised I’d give her an incentive for.
We agreed ahead of time that she’d be working toward a new bedroom! And she was able to pick out the new colors, design, bedspread and curtains.
Now changing the furniture around can really freshen up a room (or by adding a few new accessories), but completely changing it up – well, that can cost some big bucks! It’s fun to dream about PB Kids or Pier 1 designs, but we had a limit!
Figure your budget and stick to it!
2 new paint colors and $9.99 IKEA lamp (taken from my gift closet)
The old pink
Used to look like this
Fresh, funky curtains
Once bright pink
And new dot decals
Our original plan was to design, stencil and paint the dots on the walls. But then we found these cool dot decals on sale at Linens and Things. I was so happy! It saved me time, and I was able to step aside and allow Abby to design the room to her liking!
I also told my daughter that we had to be creative with our budget! In other words we couldn't buy new furniture! So we took her bunk beds apart, storing the extra mattress under her bed for guests, and carrying the rest of the wood out to the burn pile to burn in our outdoor fire pit.
We looked around the house to find any accessories that would go with her new “style,” and found this Pier 1 mirror hanging in our family room. Why not? The style of mirror went better with her new design than where it was hanging!
I love creating memories and working on projects with my daughter. We finished up the painting that night (10 pm?), and then put the room together the next day.
Cool, hippy-chic new bedroom for a 12 year old! Fresh and new - right within my budget, and one happy girl!
How long has it been since you’ve redone a room in your house? Have you thought about letting your kids design their own rooms?
(Abby's room was redone for under $200; curtains and bedspread from JC Penny's)