Monday, March 31, 2014

The End of an Era - Bedroom Makeover

It's hard to believe that my baby girl is growing up. When we moved into our house she was only nine years old. Now she's sixteen. She's in high school. And the scary part--she's old enough to drive! I've watched her blossom from a darling little girl into a beautiful young woman.  It's hard to watch your babies grow up, but witnessing the wonderful people they are becoming brings a joy unlike any other.

For a while now she's been on me to do a bedroom makeover for her. 
"What's the matter? You don't like the farm animals in your Waverly toile wallpaper?"
"Uh...not really."
"But the rest of your room is so pretty. You love lavender."
"I did when I was nine."

And so it began. The end of an era. My little girl was growing up. She had opinions of her own--which included a disdain for farm animal printed wallpaper.

So about a year ago, we started slowly acquiring items for her new room. She was pretty much in charge. Trust me, I didn't want it that way--she just insisted. We shopped at Home Goods, thrift stores, Bed Bath & Beyond, and craft stores. We shopped online. We hunted garage sales, thrift stores and consignment shops. We shopped ebay and craigs list. We shopped, shopped, shopped. We fought. She won.

Nearly six months later we'd acquired everything we needed to complete her bedroom transformation. And with a budget of $1600, what a transformation it was!

Her bedroom, BEFORE:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Together we painted walls, hung new wallpaper, put up molding. My husband hung a new ceiling fan and lanterns. My daughter refinished a gorgeous thrift store dresser. She also completed a wall texture treatment by herself, and painted thrifted shutters. The result is a fun, modern-chic, Pottery Barn inspired room appropriate for a teen!
 
Her bedroom, AFTER:
 





 
 

What do you think? A room fit for a queen.
 
My queen bee.