Girl’s Bedroom Makeover: The Reveal

Six weeks ago I set out on a mission to completely make-over my eight-year-old daughter’s bedroom, thanks to a linking challenge put out by Linda of Calling It Home.  In the past, the One Room Challenge has been great at motivating me to finish up some spaces in our home.  First, I made over our kids’ bathroom and this past fall, I gave our family room an update.  This time around, my daughter’s formerly cute bedroom had become too much for me to handle!  It was DRIVING ME CRAZY!  It was time to add more storage and make space for all those collections kids seem to hoard. 

Brass Bed

Let’s first take a look at the before so you can truly see how far this room has come:

Girl's Bedroom Before

After coming up with a plan, I set to work painting the walls Cosmic Rays by Olympic.

Tween Girl Bedroom Decor & Ideas

Next, I brought in the furnishings

Parsons Desk & Ghost Chair

I got the Lucite ghost chair from a local auction website for $25.  The parsons desk is from Wayfair.

Tween Desk

The lamp was a thrift store purchase that was sitting in the basement.  I gave it a quick coat of “spring green” paint (Elie’s favorite color) & a new lampshade from Wal-Mart.  I made a DIY bulletin board from some purple foam insulation, leftover fabric, & ribbon.  Eliana also loves the peace sign so I thought this peace sign hand from Hobby Lobby would be a great addition to her desk.

White & Gold Shelves

We added some white shelves above the desk to contain more of her collections & as a place to display some printable artwork.  I neatly corralled her jewelry (in the “spring green” wooden box), rocks, weathered glass, books, coins, & Pokemon cards.

Free Printables

I copied this giraffe (Elie’s favorite animal) trinket dish from A Gathered Home

Girl's Bedding Ideas

The headboard has been sitting in my basement for three years, just waiting to be cleaned up & added to Elie’s room.  I love the way it looks in this space after a few coats of gold spray paint.  I grabbed the sheets from Target and the white duvet & pillow covers are from Ikea.  I made the dust ruffle/bed skirt (Which do you prefer to call it???) with the extra curtain panel I dyed.  If you use pinking shears (to prevent fraying) to cut the short end first & then cut up the middle of the long side you can easily make a full-sized bed skirt from a 57” by 98” curtain panel.  I attached it to the box spring with mattress pins & just folded the two unfinished edges inward.

DIY Sunburst Mirror

I made the pink flower/sunburst mirror above the bed using The Nesters tutorial with pink cardboard & a $10 mirror from Hobby Lobby.  I love the way the Braemore Emperor’s Garden Blossom fabric ties the whole room together.  I made the pillow cover using this 36” pillow from Target.

Braemore Emperor's Garden Blossom Fabric

The night stand is an Ikea Rast I painted white.  You can see how I made the handles here.  I made my own version of some “X & 0” artwork I saw at Hobby Lobby using items I already owned.  I really love her white alarm clock too.  It was a cheapie from Target that comes with fun “fashion wraps”.  The kids love the wraps, but I really love the plain white, so I removed them!

Ikea Rast Nightstand

You can learn all about my experience dying Ikea Ritva curtains in this post.

Cheerful Tween Girl's Bedroom

Here is a view of the wall opposite the bed:

Cool Tween Bedroom

Six weeks ago it looked like this:

Girl's Bedroom Before

Elie now has a comfy chair in place of the 1970’s Barbie house. 

Tullsta Chair

My husband made the peace sign marquee & I gave it a coat of spring green paint.  (Remember, peace signs & spring green are two of Elie’s favorites!)  I’m still working on a way to hide the plug/cord situation & will hopefully be able to explain the process of how we created this light up peace sign soon.

DIY Peace Sign Marquee

The water color pillow was another DIY that I will have to explain another day.  Let’s just say there were quite a few failures before this beauty came to be!

DIY Watercolor Pillow

I spotted this mirror (peek-a-boo!) at At Home (the former Garden Ridge) & knew I had to have it for this room.


I painted the existing dresser (Aqua Bay by Olympic Paints) & added a faux orchid (also from At Home) & a few pictures to top it.

Tween Room Decor

The final wall in Elie’s room has two doors on it.  Since the actual wall space is pretty small, I decided to create a gallery wall using items she has collected & created, as well as some inspiring messages.

Free Printable Gallery Wall

You can find the links to all the free printables I used (yes, they were all FREE!) HERE as well as how I created the rock & shell art.

Fun & Colorful Girl's Bedroom

I have thirty minutes before Eliana gets home.  I think I’ll go revel in her cute & clean bedroom, because I know it won’t look this good tomorrow!

Here is a look at my plan for the space & the links for each week of the One Room Challenge:

Week One- Pictures & a Plan
Week Two- Paint, Paint, Paint
Week Three- Furnishings
Week Four- Gallery Wall of Free Art
Week Five- Third Time’s a Charm: Dying Curtains

I hope you will head over to Linda’s blog to check out all the wonderful room makeovers!  I fully intend to spend the weekend looking at every single one! 

Sharing Your Turn to Shine link party at Joy in Our Home too!

Joining the Pretty Preppy Party


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