I think everyone has that child . . . the one who surprises you by how very different they are from you. My daughter and I are very different when it comes to the homefront. She has no real interest in decor . . . organization . . . cleaning her room . . . (YET, I am hopeful!, **sigh**). Maybe that’s typical of an almost 13 year old??? Anyway, while she was away this summer (12 days total), I worked diligently to get her bedroom in order and have it nice, comfy and organized for when she got back. And the best part . . . most of the changes I made were little to no cost because I used pretty much everything we already had! Due to the time frame that I had to complete this pre-teen/tween bedroom refresh, I will share tutorials and projects in later posts, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! I hope you enjoy the tour! This post contains affiliate links. Should you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.
This refresh was a long time in the making, so a lot of the items had been collected over time and was just sort of being stored in the space with no rhyme or reason.
When I bought the little desk it was supposed to double as a nightstand for her, but she preferred it near the window, and I think she made a great choice!
I originally planned to not use curtains, but when I had no place to use these gold and rope photo holders, a light bulb went off and I thought to give it a try. I’m not sure if I’m sold on them or not though.
The frames were originally white and blue, but I painted over the navy with gray and added a little teal for interest.
I love this little vignette. I made over the round mirror that I’ve had for years with some white paint and added some sequin trim to mimic a sunburst mirror. I went a little crazy with gold duck tape (duct tape) and trimmed out this basic dresser AND added some accent pieces of duck tape (that sounds so classy, right? 😉 ) to the thrifted rattan swivel chair, that my hubby spray painted black.
My daughter inherited the devotion books from my late grandmother, the crystal kitten was given to her from her grandmother, and serves as a perfect bracelet holder . . .
It’s no secret that we live in a small home, and small homes = small closets. A few months back, I created this open closet system for her and it has worked out really well, even though she still has clothes in the real closet, the stuff she wears most regularly, are easily within reach.
We added some twinkle lights, because, what tween girls room is complete without twinkle lights?? (okay they’re just white Christmas lights, but twinkle lights sound more official, Ha!) Either way I had to capture some glow-y bokeh with my 50mm lens.
The antlers were a T.J.Maxx clearance item, that were given an update with my favorite Rustoleum gold spray paint.
How cute is that EMOJI TONGUE OUT PILLOW from Walmart I love the playfullness it adds to her room.
The Ikea spice racks were given a coat of white paint and are super useful holding her large collection of nail polishes, her ties (she is going to a uniform school this year where neckties are required) and her perfumes.
I easily customized the spice rack to also keep her jewelry organized.
After an 11 hour road trip, my daughter arrived to see her refreshed space!
Her expression was priceless!
I gave her chandelier a couple of coats of spray paint and replaced the bulbs with more retro looking globe bulbs.
I created a gallery wall that she can add to when she’s up to it. I incorporated a few free printables found through Pinterest, and some pics of her three brothers. On the bed, I added lots of comfy pillows to lounge on. The bed skirt and the “throw” at the end of the bed are both scarves, which I purchased for less than $5 each. (Similar here)
If you happen to be curious about the super awesome, super soft rug, you can find that here
When she has serious studying to do she can swap out the swivel chair for this little bentwood chair, which is probably a little more ergonomically correct. With this room complete, she will be ready to start her new school, this week, with a clear mind! I hope you enjoyed the tour friends!
Until next time!
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