My Pre-Teen’s Bedroom Makeover

It has taken a few months, but I am finally finished with my daughter Julia’s bedroom makeover. When we first moved into our house, we painted her bedroom walls a green pool color. Good luck making that color work, right? Follow me through the very long process to the end result…

For the longest time, all we had on the windows were basic white shades and an old comforter set I bought before I was married (20 years ago?) on the bed. The furniture was comprised of my grandmother’s antique dresser and nightstand. I was desperate to remove these pieces from my daughter’s room seeing that they were getting more and more damaged every day. I took the headboard and footboard out a long time ago for that very reason.


My grandmother's antique dresser

My grandmother’s antique dresser

I found a well-made, all-wood, dove-tail detail and all bedroom set on craigslist for only $80.00. It had a sleigh headboard, footboard and rails, dresser and nightstand.


My daughter and I removed the hardware and sanded each piece.


Then, using a gallon of white enamel paint that I already had, we painted each piece two coats.

Then, after the paint was thoroughly dry, we sealed the furniture with a polycrylic gloss sealer. We also gave it two coats.

My daughter wanted the knobs to be multi-colored, so using acrylic craft paint we painted each knob and sealed them with the polycrylic finish.



The furniture came out beautifully. I love the bed most of all.


We bought sheer pool and white colored (yes, pool – Same color as her walls!) curtain panels from PB Teen. They were only $12.00 a panel! Each curtain panel came in a little cotton bag. We stuffed the bags with tissue paper, bought cute vibrant artificial flowers at Michael’s and tied them to a white hanger. Our little art piece hangs on her bedroom door!


I also found a pool-colored plastic Adirondack chair at our local grocery store for only $14.99. My daughter loves to sit back and read in it. It adds a touch of fun and youth to the room.


Because I absolutely hate holes in the wall, it was a must to have bulletin boards! My daughter would put a thousand tack holes in the wall if I let her. I found large framed bulletin boards at Wal-Mart and spray painted the frames a green chartreuse color. I then framed the inside with a zig zag patterned duct tape my daughter picked out.




During this past summer I found cute deck lights at my grocery store, of all places! And best of all, they were pool colored! I strung these up over her closet.


I found both the furry white shag rugs and the multi-colored lamp at Target. The baskets were bought for 95 cents each some time ago at a thrift store. I spray painted those white. I splurged on the duvet cover and pillow sham. My daughter picked out the multi-colored zig zag pattern from PB Teen. The orange (yes, orange!) sheet set came from Bed, Bath & Beyond (love those coupons!).


I had a plain plastic-framed full length mirror I think I bought at Wal-Mart some time ago. I took off the old frame, made a new one with 2x4s and covered the frame with an elegant patterned contact paper. See my DIY Mirror Frame project for the how-to.


There you have it! A  pre-teen’s bedroom transformation.