I know it’s taken me forever to get these pictures posted, but I’m finally ready to reveal my daughter’s updated bedroom!
Here was her room before:
She didn’t like the pink (I chose it when we moved her in to this room when she was 6 months old) and she thought it was too “baby-ish” and “princess-y” (her words, not mine). This was last year when she was turning 7 (was this room really too baby-ish for a seven-year-old?!).
So, as part of her birthday gift, I painted the walls lavender (she wanted bright purple, but I told her a lighter color would enable her to go bold with accents and fabrics) and got her a new bedspread from Pottery Barn Teen (shopping in the Teen catalog was a little sad for this momma!).
The result is a room that we both love and I really think it suits her personality! (Who knew a 7-year-old could be right about this sort of thing?)
I really wanted to get her a “girlier” bed, but my husband didn’t see the sense in it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t want me to paint this bed either so I’m stuck with the dark stain. He bought this bed at Ethan Allen about a year before we met, then it was ours until we upgraded to a king-size bed. Our son had it for awhile until we got him bunk beds. Now it’s hers and it works great for sleep-overs and it’s in perfect condition. It’s just kinda masculine to me but we’re making it work (sometimes that’s just the way life is, isn’t it?!).
My solution was to camouflage it a little by hanging her quilt at the end of the bed and adding lots of pillows and stuffed animals at the top.
The armoire was a Craig’s List find a few years ago and was in our play room/catch-all room for a long time. I painted it and brought it up here. It’s perfect for holding all her books, rock collections, Webkinz clothes, diaries, pens & pencils, etc.
One of my favorite features of the room is the collage wall.
All the bright colors, animals, etc. really bring my daughter’s personality in to the room.
The black-framed freckles print is my personal favorite:
The frame is from Hobby Lobby and the print is from this Etsy seller.
I saw it over at Tatertots & Jello a long time ago and made a note to get it for my daughter’s room.
She has never liked her freckles and I used to feel the same way about mine when I was a kid. I absolutely love her freckles and I want her to feel like they’re special!
The other items are from here and there.
I also love the chandelier wall decal.
It’s from the Land of Nod. Of course, now it’s on sale on their web site — aack! (I hate it when I miss a good sale!)
My daughter is a huge animal lover and has an addiction to stuffed animals, so they’re all corralled in various bins and baskets.
Another feature my daughter and her friends love is the magnetic chalkboard I created behind her bedroom door.
I’ll have to post a separate tutorial for how I made this, but it’s just several coats of magnetic paint, and then a couple of coats of chalkboard paint painted directly on the wall, and then trimmed out with molding from Lowe’s. It gets a lot of use and she has a lot of fun with it!
I store all the chalk and an eraser cloth in a little tin bucket on the wall.
Both the bucket and the little doggie-tail hook are from IKEA. I added the twine so the pail could hang from the hook.
My daughter has now turned 8, so the entire room took me about a year to finish, so obviously we took our time.
It started with paint and a new bedspread, then eventually I made new curtains and we added things here and there.
It was worth taking our time and we are both happy with the results!
Thanks so much for reading today!
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