Tween Girl’s Room Reveal

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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22 Responses to Tween Girl’s Room Reveal

  1. Stacey says:

    The room is adorable Julie. Bet your daughter is very proud. The chandelier and goodies on the walls are so perfect for a growing girl. The bed is perfect too…it will be something you can keep forever instead of outgrowing it.

  2. Lovely, you did a wonderful job updating your daughter’s bedroom with bright colors and fun details…so pretty!

  3. You two girls make a good team. It looks adorable I love the colors you chose, serene but still fun. You did a beautiful job. Visiting from Met Monday. Have a great week! Love, Wanda

  4. It’s so cute. We just finished my 8 yr old daughter’s room over the weekend and now her cousins want upgraded rooms. Funny, one (10yrs old) doesn’t like her pretty lavender walls anymore since we used such dark colors in my daughter’s room. I told her light crisp colors make it easier to change up the accents. I’ll have to show her these photos. If your husband isn’t totally against it, I say paint the bed a crisp white or even teal.

  5. So cute! I have 3 girls, so I am always looking for more ideas! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  6. Awww, this is adorable! I love the chandelier. I’m your newest follower! You should join my new linky party {1 party, 5 blogs!}
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  7. JODIE says:

    Adorable, so bright & cheery! My daughter has a lilac room; I often think about adding a touch of turquoise to it! After seeing your room, I think it’s a must! Thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a Happy Easter!
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  8. Lovin this room! Not too baby-ish or too grown up! LOVE the chandelier decal!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week!

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  9. Judy K says:

    This room is so pretty. I love the new color. It’s the perfect child’s room. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Swing into Spring party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  10. Vel Criste says:

    I think you did a fantastic job! Decorating for a tween ( mine is a boy) is truly daunting! I still am at a loss as to what to do with my boys bedroom! Great job!

  11. Danielle says:

    It looks fantastic! I love the chandelier decal and the wall color. Thanks so much for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  12. Beautiful transformation! The colours are so lovely, great job Julie. Love everything about it.

  13. What a great room makeover. I bet your daughter is delighted with it. I sure would be. I love the use of bright colors and yet they are not overwhelming. It all fits together wonderfully.

  14. Very sweet room! You picked such a calming color for the walls. I love it. I also love the “freckles” saying. So cute!


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  16. Roeshel says:

    Such a sweet room, Julie. The wall color is the perfect backdrop for all of those pretty accents! Love every detail!

  17. This room is soft, pretty and sophisticated!

  18. This room is soft, pretty and sophisticated!

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  22. So gorgeous! I especially love how you didn’t do the “traditional” colors for girls nurseries – and yet made a beautiful room for a little girl. So much inspiration!

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